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Old 10-07-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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Default Fun to drive and smooth riding

Does anyone know of a car that is fun to drive and also have a very smooth ride. It seems to me that you can get one of these but not both. That said I have not driven all potential candidate cars by any means. I am looking for a car that drives like an acura tl(or similar car) and rides like a camry.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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They're the same thing to me. Maybe the Buick Park Avenue Ultra?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: 'Murica
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I can't grasp how a Buick Park Ave can be fun to drive by any stretch of the imagination.

The experts of the balance between smooth ride and sharp handling are BMW. 3-series if you want fun-to-drive, 7-series if you want ride quality, and 5-series if you want the best balance of both. Mercedes and Lexus are also worth mentioning, though they have a bias toward softness. Audi, Infiniti, Jaguar XF/XJ/XK, and the Cadillac CTS are also considerable contenders.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Does anyone know of a car that is fun to drive and also have a very smooth ride. It seems to me that you can get one of these but not both. That said I have not driven all potential candidate cars by any means. I am looking for a car that drives like an acura tl(or similar car) and rides like a camry.
New? Used? Price Range? Ability to learn to wrench on it yourself?

VERY few cars can hit both points satisfactorily, and everyone judges ride harshness different.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Hialeah
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Do you want smooth or soft? There's quite a difference.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: 'Murica
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just saw that he put down the Acura TL as the handling benchmark, and the Camry as the ride comfort benchmark. Admittedly, not very hard targets to hit. First thought that came to mind is the Cadillac CTS. The Nissan Maxima strikes a good relative balance between the two if you don't have to have a luxury brand. The Infiniti G37 is also a good choice, but that's quite a bit stiffer than the Camry.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: SLC, UT, Ketchum, ID, Southern Cal.
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....Price range?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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It would come down to price range and what you wanted, but I would personally recommend a car that has the "Magnetic Ride Control" system developed by Delphi. In the "normal" car arena you can get it on the new Audi TT, many years of Corvette and the Cadillac STS (since 2005), CTS-V (late models only) and XLR and the Buick Lucerne. It's also available on some SUV's, but that's not what you're looking for.

Of all of them I would hands down recommend the CTS-V, but that is all about budget. The outside contender is the Cadillac STS. I've driven a couple STS's and STS-V's and with the MRC suspension option they are capable handlers in the sport position for a large car and are very smooth and compliant in the comfort setting. The STS-V is an absolute blast to drive and you can pick them up CHEAP for what they are. Even a regular V6 or V8 STS with MRC is at least as competent a handler as an Acura TL and gives you the comfort edge you are looking for.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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How about an older Mercedes SL? It's a 2-seater and the top goes down, so it's no mini-van, although they are not the most dynamic vehicle out there, it should not bore you to tears either. And they do ride very well.

As noted by other motorheads, ride quality is very subjective. I find the ride quality on most 3-series BMW to be very good, but some devotees of luxo-barges consider it harsh.

Speaking of luxo-barge, how about a vintage convertible Caddy? Not exactly sporty, but by no means a boring ride either.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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As Vinsanity knows, one of my recoomendations for this sort of thing in the $10-15k category is a used '00-01 BMW 740i Sport. Comfort, handling, speed, and even low cost of ownership (insurance and maintenance are both low cost, repairs can be low cost if you stay away from a BMW dealer). The handling makes a TL feel like a barge, but the ride is supple and controlled and better than that Camry example, as is befitting a flagship luxury car.

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