Compare 2008 Acura TL vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2008 Acura TL
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $31,007 $33,725
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav 18 26 $33,300 $36,225
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S 17 26 $35,134 $38,225
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S HPT 17 26 $35,317 $38,425
TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S 18 27 $35,134 $38,225
TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S HPT 18 27 $35,317 $38,425
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335xi AWD 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335xi AWD 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328xi AWD 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,007
$40,020
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,725
$43,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$562 / month
$725 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality. The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 31.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 84.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 55.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.5
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 49.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 59.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
189.3 180.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 54.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 108.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.5 9.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x .35 11.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 16.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.7 36.1
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
T135/80R16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3623 3792
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 180
Engine
Displacement
3.2L/196 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
258 @ 6200 230 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System
PGM-FI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
233 @ 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
Transmission
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.38
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.66
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TL BMW 3 Series
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.72 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.07 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Pivot

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