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Infiniti G35, Lexus IS 250, Sedan
#103 of 147 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help!
Mar 21, 2008 (10:41 am)
Pat, please don't make this read only and direct me to a thread that is way outdated, that was from 2006 and2007. This is regarding the 2008 models and I'm asking specifically about nav systems comparisons, that thread isn't - please, I need help and need current 08 drivers expertise, this is important as I'm making my purchase this weekend. Fresh thread for a new year not old year and model. I was excited to finally get a response to see what you had done.
1. Why is the Nav more advanced on Infiniti and not with Lexus? Infiniti comes standard with a backup camera which I really love and downloads your cd’s, Lexus does not do this.
2. Why doesn’t Lexus have more leg room in the back of the IS ?
3. How much more gas will I spend on the G vs. the IS per tank of gas approximately
I’m torn, fell in love with the brand LEXUS and LOOK of the car inside and out but love the bells and whistles and power of the Infiniti plus more leg room in the back.
Peanut in Beverly Hills
#104 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [smallpeanut88]
Mar 21, 2008 (11:13 am)
I think I can help with this. I bought the 2007 IS250AWD, sold it a couple of weeks ago and got the 08 G35X
In respect of the navi, here are my thoughts:
-The picture resolution of the IS is better than the G, especially on the backup camera
-The birds eye view in the G is great, the IS has nothing similar to this
-The search by point of interest name and phone number function in the IS yields better results than the G
-The voice recognition in the G is much better than the IS
-The G has the CF slot, the music box and comes stnd with XM
-The ipod connection on the G is ahead of almost all of the ELLPS, it is simply awesome, it transfers control of the ipod to your car and the ipod screen is transferred to the Navi screen. The IS does not have this.
In respect of the leg room at the back, I cant answer why Lexus has less leg room back there. What I can say is we had a new arrival and the rear facing car seat was squeezed back there, the G certainly offers more room (however I had other reasons for dropping the IS, the rear seat room was not the main reason)
On the gas issue, its safe to say you will spend more gas money on the G than the IS, depending on your mileage, probably +$500 a year. However, you cant compare fuel consumption for a 2.5l to a 3.5l.
#105 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [sjaieve]
Mar 21, 2008 (11:29 am)
Wow, thank you so much - very good information. Both have pro's and con's which makes the decision difficult.
Thank you and thanks Pat for letting me have this new thread.
I was DEAD set on the Lexus IS 250 – if you survey most peeps who have not driven either (especially the females which I am) they all say get the white lexus – just has a nice ring to it. I then tell them have you test driven the G and they say no. Lexus has done a brilliant job w/marketing. I only test drove the G to make my BF happy, he said I should compare all cars to really know and not go by marketing. I was like “fine” and stubborn as I knew what I wanted, drove it and thought “great” now I’m confused. It was fun and I’m honestly not big on engines or speed at all. It wasn’t the speed it was the way the car handled, seemed the IS was tight in the steering wheel not as easy to turn, almost like a brand new pair of sneakers that need breaking in – not sure if that is in my head but that is what it felt like. I loved the car and at the time I drove the car power was not a factor. I am currently driving a convertible Toyota solara and the gas mileage is 18 in the city, comparable to the G so I don’t think I’ll notice much of a difference. Although here in CA gas is nearly 4 bucks a gallon right now, cost me 54 to fill up the convertible, ouch! I still flip back to the luxury of the lexus and face it, its got a nice ring to it. I’m 90% sure I’ll go with the G, its hard when you make a firm decision and then get thrown off 
#106 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [sjaieve]
Mar 21, 2008 (11:36 am)
Additionally, I do not think the reverse camera is a standard option on the IS so the resolution of nothing is not very good that was another selling factor on the G.
#107 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [smallpeanut88]
Mar 21, 2008 (11:54 am)
I think you are getting a far better car with the G than the IS250, I can understand why you were confused initially, it took me 6 months to let go of the IS but the power thing really started getting to me. I have always said, if you are going to spend +35k on a car, better make sure it has everything that cars worth less than that have. The G certainly passes that test in luxury, performance and toys (music box, ipod interface, CF card, the lines that come up in the rear view camera, looks etc), unfortunately the IS is above average in fit and finish and some toys, but is lacking, seriously lacking on performance. I have no regrets about selling the IS250,
My wife was also refusing to get the G cos she wanted the Lexus brand, after driving and looking closely at the G, she changed her mind within a day.
#108 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [sjaieve]
Mar 21, 2008 (12:27 pm)
Two of us at my work looked hard at both the G and 250. He bought the 250 and I bought the G. After a few months, he felt he made the wrong choice as he has difficulty fitting his kids in the back seat. Also, he complained the 250 does not have close to the pickup and handling (his words, not mine) compared to the G. He can’t trade it in as it’s under a year old and he will lose his pants. Just a thought I would share this with the group.
#109 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [smallpeanut88]
Mar 21, 2008 (3:57 pm)
To me, in terms of value,performance and standard options, G35 and IS250, there
isn't much of a competition other than Price. G35 is a closer comparison to IS350,not IS250!
Typically equipped G35 and IS250 would be $35 to $38K
IS350 will cost $5k or more than G35.
IS250 is better if you like smaller car,slightly better gas mileage,don't mind a not so
great performance(slow and soso handling).And Lexus name recognition.
To me, buying G35 is like getting 95% of BMW335 performance and have enough
luxury and have much more room than IS350 OR BMW335.
And if you are considering Dealer Service for maintenance, typically Inifiniti will be
slightly lower than Lexus. Also, some Nissan dealers will do typical maintenance
on Infiniti cars for less money.
Once you get the taste of sweet G35 engine, you won't want to have 2.5 V6
#110 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [ocg35man]
Mar 21, 2008 (6:13 pm)
Thank you and thanks to everyone. Yeah, I know I'm stuck on the Lexus Brand. I'm 99% positive it will be the G35, more bang all the way around for the buck. I found it surprising my insurance, the G35 was LESS than the IS 250. I thought for sure, bigger engine meant higher premiums. My insurance gal said the Lexus cost more to fix and that is what they based it on NOT the engine size.
#111 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [smallpeanut88]
Mar 22, 2008 (4:45 am)
I was torn between the IS250 AWD and the G35x as well.
Ya, the Lexus is a beautiful vehicle but the beauty can only go so far.
If you enjoy driving a car with performance and luxury in mind, drive both and you'll see that the G is WAY more car for the buck.
If you don't care much for performance and just want a small luxurious ride, the IS may be enough for you.
It wasn't for me.
#112 of 147 Re: 2008 Infiniti G35 or Lexus IS 250 – w/NAV help! [scottm123]
Mar 22, 2008 (7:55 am)
Thanks everyone. A few more questions. Can I put regular unleaded in the G 35 or does it have to be premium? Does the moonroof for 2008 come standard and if it does not I noticed on the Infiniti web site when I tried to put the moonroof with the wood package it would only let me have one or the other. Can't I get my G with wood package, moonroof and nav? Thanks.