Comparison - Acura RLX Sport Hybrid 2018 - vs - BMW 3 Series 330i xDrive 2018

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
61,900
Updated: 
05 Jun 2018
42,250
Updated: 
07 Jun 2018
Car Type: 
Car
Car
Year: 
2018
2018
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
7-speed Automatic
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
15.10gals
15.80gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Platinum White Pearl
#D4D4D2
Lunar Silver Metallic
#7E828A
Modern Steel Metallic
#424346
Fathom Blue Pearl
#0D3360
Gilded Pewter Metallic
#554C44
Majestic Black Pearl
#161415
Brilliant Red Metallic
#890C1D

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

It may not have the bulletproof branding of some competitors, but the RLX is not without charms. Its old beak grille has finally been replaced by a prettier pentagonal nose, and a sharp 10-speed automatic now pairs to the standard 310-hp V-6 engine. Our choice is the Sport Hybrid, which uses a 377-hp powertrain derived from the one used in the NSX and has Acura’s SH-AWD system to aid handling. We like driving the RLX, but the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto still stings.

Pros
Strong performance,
comfortable seats,
standard driver aids,
high value.

Cons
Invisible styling,
slow navigation system,
complex two-screen infotainment interface,
subpar paint quality.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2018 Acura RLX ranked #9 in Luxury Large Cars. Currently the Acura RLX has a score of 7.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Comfortable, spacious seats
Refined, fuel-efficient powertrains
Lots of standard safety features

Cons
Small trunk and no folding rear seats
Unexciting handling and firm ride
Dull interior styling

By: 
usnews.com

The Acura RLX receives a variety of updates for 2018. They include new front-end styling, new front seats, an upgraded suite of driver safety aids, a retuned suspension, a new 10-speed transmission for the front-wheel-drive trim (called P-AWS), and a slightly smaller battery in the Sport Hybrid. Acura has simplified the RLX's trim levels as well.

PROS
Sport Hybrid model offers fast, fuel-efficient acceleration
Long list of standard safety and convenience features
Spacious cabin and seating, especially for rear passengers

CONS
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available
Steering feels disconnected from the road
Interior design looks dated
Dual-screen infotainment system isn't intuitive to use

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.

Pros
Classic look
Wide number of powertrains
Plenty of body styles (wagon!)
Great turbo-4 and 8-speed auto

Cons
Gets expensive, almost unnecessarily
Dated interior
Spartan base model
Competitors have caught up, or even passed the 3-Series

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2018 BMW 3 Series should make the short list for shoppers seeking a compact luxury sport sedan. Whether enjoying its blend of features and refinement or pushing its smooth power and sharp handling to the limit, you'll be impressed.

PROS
Balances sharp handling with a ride quality that won't beat you up
Engine choices offer power, smoothness and fuel efficiency
Interior is upscale and spacious, with logical, easy-to-use controls

CONS
Storage for small personal items is limited
Base 320i model offers limited feature availability

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2018 BMW 3-Series ranked #8 in Luxury Small Cars. Currently the BMW 3-Series has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 50 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Comfortable, spacious seats
Robust available engines
Handling blends agility with comfort

Cons
Few standard features
Options quickly increase price
Uninspiring standard engine

By: 
usnews.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Premium Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
28.00mpg
23.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
29.00mpg
33.00mpg
Engine type: 
Hybrid
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
24
16
Cylinders: 
6
V
4
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
3.50L
2.00L
Torque: 
341ft-lbs
at 4 700rpm
258ft-lbs
at 1 450rpm
Horsepower: 
377hp
at 6 500rpm
248hp
at 5 200rpm
Turning Circle: 
40.50Feet
38.40Feet
Cam Type: 
Single overhead cam (SOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
no
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
no
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
yes
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls
More in Convenience: 
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Keyless Ignition
Sun Sensor
Keyless Ignition
Leather Steering Wheel
Cooled Storage Compartment
Sun Sensor
Extended Cabin Heating yes
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
197.80in
182.80in
Width: 
74.40in
71.30in
Height: 
57.70in
56.50in
Ground Clearance: 
4.50in
Wheel Base: 
112.20in
110.60in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
37.60
40.30
Front Hip Room: 
55.90in
Front Leg Room: 
42.30in
42.00in
Front Shoulder Room: 
59.60in
55.10in
Rear Head Room: 
36.90
37.70
Rear Hip Room: 
54.50in
Rear leg room: 
38.80in
35.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
57.00in
55.10in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
12.00cu.ft
13.00cu.ft
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
12.00cu.ft
Curb Weight: 
4380.00lbs
3706.00lbs

Instruments

Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Reverse Tilt Dual Mirrors Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
Reverse Tilt Passenger Only Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
Heated Mirrors
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Premium Leather
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Ventilated Driver Seat
Ventilated Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
10 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Sport Front Seats
2 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Leatherette
2 -Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Driver Seat Thigh Extension
Rear Seats Features: 
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Folding Center Armrest
Multi-Level Heating
Folding With Pass-Thru Center Armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Split-Folding Rear Seatback

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Krell Premium Brand Speakers
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
14 Total Speakers
1 Subwoofer(S)
USB Connection
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
2 Subwoofer(s)
205 Watts Stereo Output
USB Connection
9 Total Speakers

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
19 X 8.0
17 X 7.5
Wheels more: 
All Season Tires
Painted Alloy Wheels
Run Flat Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
40
Diameter: 
R19
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated front disc brakes
Ventilated Disc Brakes
Rear brakes: 
solid rear disc brakes
Ventilated Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
LED Headlamp
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Turn Signal Mirrors
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Emergency Braking Preparation
Brake Drying
Post-Collision Safety System
LED Headlamp
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests

Options

Packages: 
Shadow Sport Edition
Driving Assistance Package
Premium Package
Executive Package
Luxury Package
Track Handling Package
M Sport Package
Convenience Package
Exterior Options: 
18" Double-Spoke Light Alloy Wheels W/Mixed Performance Tires
18" Double-Spoke Light Alloy Wheels W/All-Season Tires
18" Star-Spoke Wheels W/All-Season Tires
18" Bi-Color Jet Black Double-Spoke Wheels W/All-Season Tires
18" Star-Spoke Wheels W/Mixed Summer Tires
18" Bi-Color Jet Black Double-Spoke Wheels W/Mixed Performance Tires
18" V-Spoke Orbit Grey Light Alloy Wheels W/Mixed Performance Non-Runflat Tires
Moonroof Deletion
Interior Options: 
Apple CarPlay Compatibility
Rear Manual Side Window Shades
Heated Steering Wheel
Navigation System W/Touchpad
Non Sport Seats For Luxury Package
Heated Front Seats
Wireless Charging
Active Cruise Control
Harman Kardon Surround Sound System
Heated Rear Seats

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Ebony
#515050
Graystone
#7F7F7F
Seacoast
#BEB599
Espresso
#3F241C