2019 Acura ILX vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ILX and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the ILX the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 3 Series Sedan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the ILX 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the ILX first among small premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The 3 Series Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Acura ILX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The ILX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the ILX’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The ILX’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan xDrive’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The Acura ILX may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

The ILX is 3.5 inches shorter than the 3 Series Sedan, making the ILX easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ILX uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The ILX offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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