RLX vs. BMW: Top 20 Reasons the Acura RLX is the Better Choice

Acura RLX vs BMW

We know when people are interested in buying a car, one of the first things they do is go online and do a Google search of car reviews. Well, did you know that you can go to the Acura website, choose an Acura model and a competitor model, and comparison data will be automatically generated for you? However, we’re going to make it all the more convenient for you—we’ve looked at the comparison report between the 2014 Acura RLX 6-speed AT and the 2014 BMW 5 Series 528i and we’ve picked out the top 20 highlights that distinguish the Acura RLX from the BMW.

The all-new 2014 RLX is Acura’s flagship luxury sedan; it’s one of Acura’s most technologically-equipped models to date. That being the case, the BMW trim we’re using as a comparison is a stiff competitor. Take one look at the comparison data and you will see the features of each model make them very close rivals. While we’re partial to the Acura brand, even we can admit the BMW brand has plenty of respect from the industry. However, there are several key details about the RLX that we know will make a big difference to drivers when it comes to considerations such as price, comfort, convenience, safety, power, and more.

Here are those not-to-be-overlooked features potential luxury sedan owners should know about:

  1. The RLX has a lower starting MSRP and destination charge.
  2. If the BMW was to come similarly standardly equipped as the RLX, the price difference for the BMW would be even higher! ($49,345 for the RLX and $61,125 for the BMW, respectively!)
  3. The RLX has higher ALG residual value after both 36 and 60 months of ownership.
  4. While both models carry the same basic warranty in terms of months and mileage, the RLX has a better, longer powertrain warranty (for both months and mileage).
  5. Rearview camera is standard on the RLX.
  6. Heated front seats are standard on the RLX.
  7. LED headlights are standard on the RLX.
  8. The RLX comes with standard satellite radio connection.
  9. The RLX offers standard surround sound.
  10. For extra storage, the RLX has a trunk pass-through.
  11. The RLX is a more powerful 6-cylinder engine (compared to 4 cylinders on the BMW).
  12. The RLX has both more horsepower and torque.
  13. The RLX is a 24-valve engine (compared to 16 on the BMW).
  14. Paddle shifters come standard on the RLX.
  15. The RLX is a slightly bigger luxury sedan compared to the BMW in both car length and width.
  16. The RLX offers slightly higher maximum and total cargo volume.
  17. There is more front and rear legroom in the RLX.
  18. There is more front and rear shoulder room in the RLX.
  19. The RLX includes a standard Accidental Avoidance System to help stop collisions.
  20. The RLX received a 5-star rating (vs. a 4-star rating on the BMW) from the NHTSA on the front passenger crash test.

We certainly encourage you to use this list as a starting point as you consider the RLX as a potential model for your lifestyle; but for a full comparison, be sure to check the details on the Acura website.

For more information on the 2014 Acura RLX, you can read our full overview here.

Finally, we realize research is only part of the decision-making process; a hands-on experience is part of the equation as well. If you’d like to test-drive the 2014 Acura RLX at our dealership, simply schedule an appointment at your convenience via the button below.

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