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2021 Acura TLX vs. 2021 BMW 540 Review

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2021 Acura
TLX

MSRP*: $37,500 to $53,100
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2021 BMW
540

MSRP*: $59,450 to $61,750
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Invoice* $36,554 to $50,299 $55,790 to $57,930
MPG - City 19 - 22 MPG 23 - 25 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 31 MPG 31 - 32 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.5 ft3 14.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4, V-6 Inline-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 272 - 355 hp 335 hp
Exterior Length 194.6 in 195.8 in
Exterior Width 75.2 in 73.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.4 in
Rear 34.9 in
Front 41.4 in
Rear 36.5 in
Head Room Front 37.2 in
Rear 36.3 in
Front 38.8 in
Rear 37.5 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the BMW 540 than the Acura TLX, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Acura TLX and the BMW 540 in the front seats.

Convenience
With the BMW 540 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Acura TLX, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Acura TLX is clearly a better financial choice over the BMW 540. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Acura TLX and the BMW 540 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Acura TLX is much wider than the BMW 540, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Acura TLX takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the BMW 540.

Handling
The Acura TLX has a larger turning radius than the BMW 540, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Acura TLX has less horsepower than the BMW 540, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Acura TLX doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the BMW 540.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Acura TLX and the BMW 540. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Acura TLX as you will in the BMW 540.

Warranty
The Acura TLX comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the BMW 540.