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Acura TL, Infiniti G35, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#196 of 708 My Experiences - Also on the fence
Feb 13, 2007 (9:07 am)
Just figured I'd toss my impressions in. I'm in the market for a new car, and I'm all over the place. SUV? Luxury Sedan? "Sport" Near Luxury? Basic transportation (currently have a 9mo old who will likely become more messy + used "fun" roadster.
As you can see, I have not narrowed my options down to the G35 & TL. However, My wife had this tough decision in Sept 2002 and chose the G35 back then. At that point the TL was the older body style and just didn't grab her. The G35 was fresh and new. The rear wheel drive was also a plus from the driving point of view. If we had known then that there would be brake problems we might have reconsidered. The dealer did replace the pads for free for the first 36k, but now they're not doing that anymore.
Now as I look at my choices, there's definite competition between the G35 and TL-S. In my case I'd get the G35x as we don't want two rear wheel drive cars, even though there are only a few days of the year where that's really important.
Things that weigh in favor of the Acura for me are:
Not "another" G35. I'm the guy who won't order what someone else in my party orders at the restaurant. I believe variety is the spice of life!
Acura reliability. I currently have a well aging '97 CL. It's too small for a family with an infant so that's the main reason I want a new car. I've been happy with Acura service and relaibility. Infinity has been fine, but there's that pesky brake issue. (Of course I've spent about $1700 in the past few months on a new starter motor and an exhaust valve replacement)
Acura's pricing. I like the few options approach. I hate feeling like I'm being nickled and dimed when I'm out to buy a "luxury" car. I want luxury, give it to me without asking if I want fries with that.
On the Infiniti side:
Four wheel drive. Hopefully this will have more of the handling characteristics of rear wheel drive with the sure footedness of four wheel drive when necessary.
Styling. I do like the TL styling, but I thin I like the new G35 styling better. Maybe I just like what's new...
Hard drive + CF card. This may be low down in the real world usefullness, but is high in my eyes in terms of coolness. I have tons of CF cards lying around the house and could load a bunch of CDs to keep in my car. Ripping to the HD is also cool. These two togeter mean I don't have to keep my ipod and/or CDs in the ever changing climate of my car.
In the end, I'm sure I'll have to make a decision based on gut driving feel. Both cars have drawbacks for me, especially in cargo. When you have to toss a stroller, pack 'n play, and various other baby related items in a car, I wouldn't mind fold down seats to expand cargo space.
This probably helps no one, but it helped me lay out my own pros and cons!
#197 of 708 Re: My Experiences - Also on the fence [luhario]
Feb 13, 2007 (9:49 am)
I had the problem 2 years ago because I though the TL seats were more comfortable, got better mileage, and I preferred the TL exterior styling better. It's a tuff choice.
#198 of 708 Re: My Experiences - Also on the fence [frisconick]
Feb 14, 2007 (1:29 pm)
I just discovered that the TL base is bigger and heavier than the g35 sedan. The TL is a deceptive looking car, it does not look that big.
#199 of 708 Re: My Experiences - Also on the fence [frisconick]
Feb 14, 2007 (2:30 pm)
It feels big when I try to park it in the "compact car only" parking spots at work!!! Usually I'm trying to squeeze in between an SUV and a minivan!!!
Seriously though, I have noticed that it's a wide car - I think that may help with handling.
#200 of 708 Re: My Experiences - Also on the fence [taxesquire]
Feb 14, 2007 (3:29 pm)
My prior ride was a Chrysler 300m. The TL is about eight inches shorter and two inches thinner, so it does not seem like a big car to me! Except for the turning radius, oy!
And more important than its size is, of course, the TL's ruggedly handsome exterior...
#201 of 708 Re: Back on the fence again [sprinkler13]
Feb 15, 2007 (7:25 am)
I preferred the G's seats too. TL-S seats has no proper support for autobahn style driving:-) G is real sport-sedan, TL-S good family sedan because of FWD and heavy front.
#202 of 708 Re: My Experiences - Also on the fence [laurasdada]
Feb 15, 2007 (8:19 am)
I agree the TL has a great looking exterior. I have heard one person describe the G sedan as sort slab-sided, that's a bit harsh, but I undertood what he was talking about.
#203 of 708 Re: Back on the fence again [fighter1]
Feb 15, 2007 (10:43 am)
I doubt that you meant "autobahn style driving" as that style is basically going very fast in a straight line. And employing proper lane etiquette... Now, "autocross style driving" maybe...
#204 of 708 Re: Back on the fence again [laurasdada]
Feb 15, 2007 (12:27 pm)
"And employing proper lane etiquette..."
Does that exist in Europe?
#205 of 708 Out of curiosity....
Feb 15, 2007 (12:29 pm)
with the push-button ignition system on the new G, what happens if you leave the engine running, but walk away with the key fob in your pocket? Does the engine shut off when you're out of range?