8 Top Acura TLX Competitors

The BMW 4-series, Audi A4, and Volvo S60 are just a few of the competitors to watch out for when considering an Acura TLX.
Written by Sarah Gray
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
If you’re shopping for a new Acura TLX, be sure to check out some of its worthy rivals—like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Kia Stinger—before taking the plunge.
The second-generation TLX enters its second year in 2023 with a new Type S PMC Edition. This new option is definitely exciting, but buyers should take a look at Acura’s numerous competitors before making a final decision.
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1. BMW 3 Series

Starting price: $43,295 to $57,845
Selling points: Spacious, great powertrain options, smooth ride
Weak spot: Fewer standard features than some competitors, no manual transmission
It’s difficult to find a better balance between comfort and sport than drivers get with the
3 Series. What may be even better is that with three available turbocharged powertrains, you get to decide just how far your particular model leans in favor of luxury or sportiness. 
Even the base 330i is well-equipped with loads of standard options. Upgrading your trim adds power and suspension upgrades to boot.
Unlike the 3 Series, upgrading your trim on the Acura TLX not only adds power but also adds additional features—a feat that can only be accomplished with expensive options packages with the BMW. 

2. Genesis G70

Starting price: $38,870 to $53,545
Selling points: Spry handling, great value at every trim
Weak spot: Forgettable base engine, less luxurious than other models
The BMW 3 Series may seem well-equipped, but when pitted against the Genesis G70, it seems pretty spartan. Like the TLX, you get more luxe with each trim upgrade. 
base Genesis G70
, while well-equipped inside, features a comparably weak 2.0-liter turbo four that leaves a bit to be desired. Luckily, even opting for the top-tier trims on the G70 still brings your final cost below what you’d pay for the TLX. Plus, it adds a more powerful turbocharged V6 and piles on luxe options like leather, larger wheels, sport suspension, and access to competitively-priced options packages.

3. Audi A5 Sportback

Starting price: $45,195 to $57,345
Selling points: Practical, luxurious, delightful driving experience
Weak spot: Unremarkable interior design, sportback interferes with rear headroom
Audis are fun, sporty, and luxurious, and that’s certainly the case with the
A5 Sportback. The turbocharged inline-four offers 201 horsepower for your driving excitement, making it ideal competition for the equally sporty TLX.
Where the Audi really shines, though, is the interior. From standard features like rich leather, a panoramic sunroof, and ambient lighting to options like ventilated front seats and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, the A5 has it all.

4. Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Starting price: $44,600 to $48,550
Selling points: Tech-rich, zesty powertrain
Weak spot: Luddite’s nightmare, stiff ride
Mercedes’ entry-level sport sedan received a full makeover for the 2022 model year. Luckily, designers kept the balance of luxury and sporty performance that has made the C-Class a perennial favorite. 
C-Class is powered by a 255-horsepower turbo inline-four on all trims, but unlike previous model years, the manufacturer offers the C-class in three discrete trim levels rather than offering a la carte options. 
No matter which trim you choose, the C-Class luxe interior makes it feel like more than just an entry-level luxury sedan. Featuring a large infotainment display, a digital gauge cluster, sunroof, and leather, the C-Class presents serious competition for the Acura TLX.

5. BMW 4 Series

Starting price: $46,795 to $65,195
Selling points: Fuel efficiency yet exciting powertrains
Weak spot: Fluffy suspension, cramped rear seat
Often, when you’re looking at a sports sedan, you have to be willing to sacrifice ride comfort, but that’s not the case with the BMW 4 Series. Whether you choose the four-cylinder or V6 model, you get many of the same standard features of the 3 Series but with expanded availability of rear- and all-wheel drive.
Also, like the 3 Series, opting up in trims means more engine power and a sportier suspension, but the only way to get added perks like heated front seats, remote start, or upgraded leather is in an options package or as an a la carte add-on. In any case, it still makes a staunch competitor for the TLX.
MORE: BMW car-buying guide 
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6. Kia Stinger

Starting price: $34,135 to $51,435
Selling points: Unparalleled value, powerful available V6
Weak spot: Lacks brand status, rough handling at high speeds
You may be surprised to see a Kia on a list of luxury sports sedans, but the
Kia Stinger
is not your average car. The Stinger rides on the same platform as the Genesis G70 and offers an interior that’s not only roomy but on par for quality with European luxury staples. 
The 2022 Stinger replaces the base turbo four with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder capable of an impressive 300 horsepower. The available twin-turbo V6 churns out up to 368 horses thanks to a variable exhaust system, so you’ll be lacking nothing for speed if you go for the Kia over competitors like the TLX.

7. Audi A4

Starting price: $40,995 to $51,995
Selling points: Standard AWD, punchy available powertrains, responsive handling
Weak spot: A little too conservative, no manual transmission option
While all the competitors for the Acura TLX on our list offer a balance of sportiness and luxury, the
Audi A4
brings a conservative refinement to the table not found in other models. For many, this is a great thing; for others, not so much. 
As per Audi’s usual, the A4’s interior offers premium materials, comfort, and understated elegance. The exterior styling, while it may look expensive—because it is—doesn’t necessarily scream (or even whisper) sporty.
Pop the hood, and you have another story, though. All trims are motivated by one of two turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid motors. The 40 lays claim to 201 horses, but the 45 offers up 261 horsepower—enough to make anyone questioning the A4’s appearance eat their own words and see it as a solid competitor for the TLX.

8. Volvo S60

Starting price: $42,345 to $69,095
Selling points: Understated interior, plentiful standard features
Weak spot: More sedan than sport, lackluster base powertrain
Our last Acura TLX competitor is the
Volvo S60
. Like the Audi A4, the S60 tips the scales a bit more toward luxury and refinement than sportiness, but that’s part of what makes both of them stout competitors for the TLX.
The Volvo S60’s functional-yet-sumptuous Scandinavian interior aesthetic pampers both driver and passengers while the available powertrains propel them down the tarmac with anywhere from 247 horsepower with the base engine to 455 horses with the sporty Polestar Engineered trim. 
Plus, if having options is something you like, then the S60 is right up your alley. It’s available in a whopping 20 different trims.
MORE: Volvo S60 towing capacity

Acura TLX vs. the competition

Got all that? If not, below is a side-by-side comparison of the 2023 Acura TLX and its fiercest competitors. 
Starting price range
Engine options
Maximum seating capacity
Maximum cargo volume
Maximum towing capacity
Fuel economy (city/highway/combined)
2023 Acura TLX
$40,000 to $58,000
4-cylinder or V6
5 seats
14.3 cubic feet
2,000 lbs
22/31/25 mpg
2023 BMW 3 Series
$43,295 to $57,845
5 seats
17 cubic feet
4,400 lbs
26/36/30 mpg
2022 Genesis G70
$38,870 to $53,545
4-cylinder or V6
5 seats
10.5 cubic feet
3,500 lbs
18/27/21 mpg
2023 Audi A5 Sportback
$45,195 to $57,345
5 seats
21.8 cubic feet
4,400 lbs
19/25/22 mpg
2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
$44,600 to $48,550
5 seats
12.6 cubic feet
4,000 lbs
23/33/27 mpg
2022 BMW 4 Series
$46,795 to $65,195
4-cylinder or V6
5 seats
45.6 cubic feet
3,750 lbs
18/24/20 mpg
2022 Kia Stinger
$27,425 to $41,000
4-cylinder or V6
5 seats
23.3 cubic feet
3,300 lbs
17/24/20 mpg
2023 Audi A4
$40,995 to $51,995
5 seats
58.5 cubic feet
2,000 lbs
24/31/27 mpg
2023 Volvo S60
$42,345 to $69,095
5 seats
11.6 cubic feet
2,000 lbs
25/33/28 mpg
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