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Acura TSX, Lexus IS 250, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#4 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [david1973]
Dec 06, 2005 (10:46 pm)
Nice points, but:
1. You don't have to get the wood trim in the TSX.
They also offer a "metal" trim.
2. I most definitely found the TSX had greater leg room.
I am only 5ft 7in, and I thought the back seat of
the Lexus was quite tight. In fact, this is a dominant
them on the Lexis forum.
It really is quite a tossup between the two though.
THey are both on my short list, as well as the Audi A3.
#5 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [dc_dave]
Dec 06, 2005 (10:47 pm)
Can you really get a bicycle into the trunk of the TSX
anyway, even with fold down seats?
Why not just get a bike rack for the top, and not
have this determine your car choice?
#6 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [joemale]
Dec 06, 2005 (11:20 pm)
1) I ment you have to get wood on the IS. Yes supposedly there are base and sport packages out with metal but I think they are largely imaginary at this point of time
2) if you pop out the front wheel you can slide most bikes into a car. I have done it numerous times with civics so I image a tsx would be even easier. If this is a major consideration I would also look at the a3. The hatch really helps. A3 is also clearly faster than either the tsx or is.
#7 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [david1973]
Dec 07, 2005 (7:37 am)
Below is from my other post today, Audi and VW are one-in-the-same.
I'm so disappointed with VW's service, both from the dealer and VW of N. America. I'll post later in depth about all my problems. Over the past two weeks the car has been in the shop 4 times, each time they give it back to me, it runs worse than the time before and the dealer states a different problem and wants more money...NO, NO, NO! The sad thing is that I was set on buying a new A3 3.2 S-line this Jan/Feb but I just can't give VWAG anymore of my business, period. I'll just have to settle for something else, maybe the new IS 250 or the TSX, something that is reliable.
Volkswagen DOES NOT stand by their product, beware! More horror stories to come, nobody is going to believe how bad it has been.
Dave in VA
#8 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [joemale]
Dec 07, 2005 (7:40 am)
Because when you have a bike that costs 6k you don't want it to be exposed
Actually its because I have a time trial bike (tour de france) that has a disc wheel in the back that will not work with roof mounted racks. I could go with a trunk-mounted rack but I would still like the option of fitting it inside if needed. And to answer your question, yes, a bike will fit inside no problem when the seats are folded down.
Dave in VA
#9 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [dc_dave]
Dec 07, 2005 (11:17 am)
VW and Audi are owned by the same companies. That doesn't necessary make them the same in terms of dealer support. I have read stories where Audi has seperated there QA from VW to improve the quality of the products. Audi has done very well on recent 90 day reports. If that translates into long term reliability is up in the air at this point. It is definitely a check mark against them compared to lexus/acura.
#10 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [david1973]
Dec 07, 2005 (1:33 pm)
Yes, I keep telling myself the same thing, trying to justify a reason to look at the A3 3.2 S-line. I love this car and its perfect for me BUT I'm currently in a war with VW of NA and my local VW dealer. They have pissed me off so much that I just don't think I can support their operation. Trust me, I'm totally bummed. I was in Europe this summer admiring the A3's all over the place and telling my wife...there's my next car. I don't know maybe Audi service is totally separate but they share the same roof in Auburn Hills, MI so I'm going to lump them together.
Dave in VA
#11 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [david1973]
Dec 07, 2005 (3:04 pm)
"IS has ventilated seats and push start) and an extra couple of inches of rear seat room. It also had the "metal" trim which I prefer to the wood."
Which one has the metal trim, the lexus or acura? In the photos I've looked at on the web it seems like metal trim is an option on the acura but all the lexus' come with a wood center console? Is this true, I think the IS 250 would look much better with all metal trip inside. Also, looking at the specs, the acura seems to have more space in the rear seats, maybe in person its different?
Dave in VA
Dave in VA
#12 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [dc_dave]
Dec 07, 2005 (3:22 pm)
Sorry for the confusing sentence. The tsx is normally a metal trim. I think one of the colors packages has wood but I haven't seen it. The IS250 base model has a metallic trim. As far as I know, that car doesn't exist outside of lexus's web site. On the lots Yyou have to order some package which adds wood. There is a sports package that keeps the metallic trim but I thik it might be 350 only. I would much rather have metal. The rear seats of the TSX definitely have an extra couple of inches of seat room.
#13 of 318 Re: TSX vs. IS250 [david1973]
Dec 07, 2005 (4:14 pm)
Yeah, I was also wondering if you can add the sports package to the IS 250. On edmunds and cars.com's configulator you can add it to the IS250 but on the lexus website you cannot? If I were to get the IS 250, all I want is the sports package; I think this brings the MSRP up to 35K, not bad.
Dave in VA