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Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Maxima, Mazda MAZDA3, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Lexus IS 250, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#2828 of 3286 Re: Car HELP, PLEASE [sallier]
Aug 28, 2012 (6:02 pm)
the first gen RDX was anything but squishy and was not slow; maybe you can find a leftover 12 or CPO out there. Reliability for the turbo has been excellent (check consumer reports, etc.) Too early to say on the Sportage.
As far as wagons go, you looked at the CTS and TSX. There's the Outback/Venza/Crosstour class, all with available V6. The other options are the Euro wagons (Audi allroad, new BMW 3 next year, MB E, and the Volvo XC70). Bring your wallet.
#2829 of 3286 Re: Car HELP, PLEASE [tifighter]
Aug 29, 2012 (6:42 am)
tifighter - once again thanks! It seems I'm sorely "out-of-market" - tho will
look up Crosstour & test drive 012 RDX. Maybe if I got a good enuf deal on the
latter, it can be interim. Really don't want AWD (fwd should be good enuf
for KY winters) but maybe for resale I'd better for AWD - do you have an opinion
on this? (Usually am admirer of Audi, but upkeep $ scares me!) Much appreciation to you!
#2830 of 3286 Re: Car HELP, PLEASE [sallier]
Aug 29, 2012 (11:05 am)
I think 2010 and later RDX was available in FWD and AWD, so you have the option either way. The Crosstour I think offered both as well, starting with the 12 model year. Both are going to feel quicker than the base TSX.
#2831 of 3286 Lexus vs Infiniti vs Acura vs Mercedes AWD sedans
Aug 30, 2012 (11:13 am)
I want a small, AWD sedan. I currently have a 2006 Lexus IS 250 AWD and love it, but feel silly just buying the same car again--not much has changed. So, I am looking at IS250, Infiniti G37 (would go G35, but they don't have the navigation option), Mercedes C sport sedan with 4Matic, or Acura TL. Would appreciate your thoughts.
#2832 of 3286 Re: Lexus vs Infiniti vs Acura vs Mercedes AWD sedans [mah52]
Aug 30, 2012 (11:37 am)
If you don't mind saving some money, and the loss of some oomph, take a look at the Impreza (high-end trim of course).
For more bucks, there's always the 3 Series with AWD and the A4 Quattro.
#2833 of 3286 Re: Lexus vs Infiniti vs Acura vs Mercedes AWD sedans [mah52]
Aug 30, 2012 (11:43 am)
What are some of the things you like about a car? I assume the AWD is a must have?
The Mercedes is the closest in size to the IS but I've never been real impressed with them. Marginal performance/economy, high upkeep, etc. It seems you keep your cars for awhile so I would rule that one out.
The TL and G37 are quite a bit bigger and better performing than what you're used to. This is why I asked what you like because if performance isn't high on your list there may be some non-luxury brands that would live up to your expectations.
#2834 of 3286 Re: Lexus vs Infiniti vs Acura vs Mercedes AWD sedans [mah52]
Aug 31, 2012 (9:37 am)
I highly recommend taking a look at the 2013 Volvo S60 T5 AWD 4-door. It has excellent reviews (even Consumer Reports loves it), and it comes with 5yrs/50,000-miles of Warranty, Wear & Tear and Scheduled Maintenance Coverage standard. It also has the most comfortable seats of any car in the class...
#2835 of 3286 Re: Lexus vs Infiniti vs Acura vs Mercedes AWD sedans [igozoomzoom]
Aug 31, 2012 (10:49 am)
Thanks for this advice, agozoomzoom. I will take a look at the Volvo you suggested.
#2836 of 3286 Re: Lexus vs Infiniti vs Acura vs Mercedes AWD sedans [igozoomzoom]
Aug 31, 2012 (10:53 am)
Good suggestion on the Volvo.
If it were me with that list, It would be TL, S60, maybe G37. I see so many of the Germans here in the bay area that I just couldn't do it. The TL is a goofy car, but the reviews of the SH-AWD model are uniformly good, especially the manual, which would make it worth a test drive to me. Shoot, I might even test drive a Taurus SHO too, as a total wild card.
#2837 of 3286 Re: First time buyer--opinions [newcargirl5000]
Aug 31, 2012 (7:25 pm)
What is wrong with a Camry LE? It is well equipped and you might find a discounted one at the end of the year. It will last forever and rides well. It is comfortable on the road. You could even look for a 2011 or 12 used one and get an extended warranty. If you are going to keep the car for 10 years or more I would check the Consumer Reports dependability ratings for whatever car you decide on. There used to be a base model of the Camry under the LE. You would have to check.