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Infiniti G35, Lexus IS 250, Sedan
#1 of 147 Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250
Mar 20, 2006 (4:17 pm)
I can't decide between a Infiniti G35 sedan and an Lexus IS250. Help. Main concern is not performance.
#2 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [macyshaver]
Mar 20, 2006 (8:39 pm)
Both are good cars. If performance is not really important to you then IS250 might be a better choice. It's more luxurious, better styling(IMO)and liability than G35. G35 has one issue that really concerns me- The rear crash test receives a poor rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The plus side is that G35 has more horsepower than IS250 (280 vs 204)
My suggestion to you is try out both cars and see which one you like best. Also, don't forget to do some research about the model you're going to pick. The online reviews can be subjective so please be aware of that. Good luck
#3 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [lexus_jn]
Mar 21, 2006 (8:51 am)
I agree both are good cars. Lexus will probably keep it's value a little better. But G35 has a larger back seat if that's a consideration.
#4 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [esfoad]
Mar 21, 2006 (10:26 am)
Back seats in the G35 also recline if your rear passengers are a concern at all. I was waiting for the IS's to come out for awhile last year, and while I was impressed with the luxury, the huge difference in horsepower kinda irked me. Not even for the performance value, but because on their low end model, there was such a huge difference between that and the high end engine, which is the same size as the infiniti coupe's. I know you were interestetd in performance as much, but for me was more me being annoyed they're giving you less for a similar price. Again, I think the interior of the IS might be a little higher end, but that being said if you can hold off a little, Infiniti is going to be showing off the new Sedan in the New York auto show this April, which *rumor* has it will have a sportier design, so the interior might be brought up a little too.
Personally, I feel you get more bang for the buck from Infiniti, and I used to have a nissan for 10 years, really low maintenance problems with that car. Oh, and a side note, might just be here, being Canada, but my dad bought a Lexus a couple years ago, GS430. Canadian was around 87K I believe, and 2 years later when he was looking at trading it in on a new Lexus, partly because the newly designed 430's were out, but the "blue book" value listed at 38K. So apparently it lost over 50% value in 2 years, which is the suck.
#5 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [macyshaver]
Mar 21, 2006 (12:36 pm)
I looked at both and the Infiniti offered me a better bang for my buck. I have two kids so the rear seat was important. IS250's rear seats are pretty useless.
Been driving a G35x for several months and couldn't be happier. Well built, solid and no rattles to speak of either!
#6 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [toca]
Mar 21, 2006 (4:30 pm)
I disagree with the statement "IS250's rear seats are pretty useless". I'm 5'9 and find no problem sitting in the back of IS250 nor front.
It all comes down to the taste. For me, IS got a fresh look, sexier, extremely quite in the cabin even at high speed. G35 on the other hand is getting old with its look and a bit noisy and not really well-built as compared to
IS. Anyway, it's just my opinion and I believe you can't go wrong with either choice...well, unless you considered BMW
#7 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [lexus_jn]
Mar 23, 2006 (4:20 am)
OK, perhaps "useless" is a little harsh. And if I had a 250, I'd probably find something positive with the rear seating space as well.
However, most of the industry pundits, including our very own Edmunds disagree with you. Edmunds list it as a Con and I found this in their IS 250 review:
"Rear seating isn't as comfortable as we'd like, which surprised us given the IS 250's growth from the old IS 300 days".
Most every review I have seen on the 250 mentions the tight quarters in the back. But, that said, almost all have given it very good ratings.
From your post, it sounds like "fresh look and sexier (which is highly subjective) were more important than the interior space. For me it was the opposite - although in my opinion, the G35 is still a good looking vehicle and "not getting old".
Since you don't have a G, just curious as to what makes you believe it isn't well built? Although I have seen a few posts regarding rattles and brake wear (I believe this is dependent on how hard you drive the car), I have been driving mine for 6 months and no issues. Don't know any manufacturer, including Lexus, that makes a problem free vehicle.
#8 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [toca]
Mar 27, 2006 (12:38 am)
After just getting back from an IS250 AWD test drive, I feel as many others do. While there are many good points to be made about the new IS 250. It's hard for me to rationalize spending $34-35K (ie. base IS250 AWD) for a 204 HP 4-door sedan and little if any rear seating space.
I'm 6'-1" and you should have seen me on the test drive, stop in a parking lot to checkout the rear seating. In the end I moved the passenger seat very far forward and pretty much upright. At that point I was able to get into the back, and once there it felt not too bad. But I was laughing pretty hard at that point.
Very nice car..just wish it wasn't such a sung fit and the base car had 230-250 HP. Maybe the trick is to give up on the back seats...and pony up the $$$ for the IS350
#9 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [macyshaver]
Apr 17, 2006 (7:28 pm)
I really don't think they are really comparable, except in price. The G35 is a significantly larger vehicle, and has much more power. The IS250 is really cramped in space (the rear seats are suited to children) and is better matched against the BMW 325i and the Audi A4 2.0T. In terms of performance, the 330i, IS350, and the A4 3.2 compete better with the G35.
On the other hand, the IS250 has exquisite fit and finish that is superior (by far) to the G35. So, if performance and room are not top priority, but styling and refinement are key, then the IS250 is a great choice. It is a great little car for two people essentially. However, if I wanted something smaller and more elegant than the G35, I probably would consider the BMW 3 series and the Audi A4 (even A3) before the IS250 -- the power is marginally deficient in the Lexus, particularly if one wants the AWD. It is too bad Lexus does not offer the 6MT or the AWD in the IS350.
If you are undecided between the G35 and the IS250 -- it is a tug-of-war between your heart (aesthetics) and your brain (utility/common sense). Only you know if you can indulge your heart!
#10 of 147 Re: Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS250 [knr5]
Apr 18, 2006 (5:11 am)
Does any one know when '07 G35 coupe will come-out?