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Old 08-07-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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I have a 2008 Honda Civic and I want to trade it in. I have two choices, but I'm not sure which is better.

-2007 Lexus GS
-mileage: 19/26/20
-about 65,000 miles
-car I've wanted for several years
-one year older than Honda

-2009 Acura TSX
-mileage: 21/30/22
-about 50,000 miles
-"second choice"
-one year newer than Honda

I'm not sure which to pick. I've always wanted the GS, but it gets worse mileage than the Acura and it has more miles. But, the Acura is probably a better value. My heart says Lexus, but my head says Acura. So, I thought I get other people's opinions to help me decide. Any input would be appreciated!
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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Well, financially trading in a 2008 Civic is not the smartest move. So if you are doing to you can materialize a dream, then you might as well get your dream car. In this case it happens to be the Lexus. I don't think the mileage difference would add up to much. I would be more worried about repairs, which means you have to get a car with maintenance records and a good inspection. I hope you have test driven both cars. Lexi could be pretty boring-to me they are a Buick that might be more reliable.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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From reading some of your past posts, I'm not sure how you're going to cough up the money to pay for either one or qualify for financing... but assuming money is no object and the cars were in equally good mechanical condition, I would say the Lexus GS would be the superior car, hands down. It's actually my dream car right now, personally. The Acura TSX is basically a rebadged European-version Honda Accord-- a great car, but nothing special. Have you test driven both? Is the GS you're looking at AWD or RWD? Is that an issue for you living in New York?
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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From reading some of your past posts, I'm not sure how you're going to cough up the money to pay for either one or qualify for financing... but assuming money is no object and the cars were in equally good mechanical condition, I would say the Lexus GS would be the superior car, hands down. It's actually my dream car right now, personally. The Acura TSX is basically a rebadged European-version Honda Accord-- a great car, but nothing special. Have you test driven both? Is the GS you're looking at AWD or RWD? Is that an issue for you living in New York?
Well, I can afford it, which is exciting. I have enough money saved away to pay the difference between the Honda and the car I want. I have driven the TSX, but not the Lexus. The TSX handles just like the Honda, which is a con for me. I hate how the Honda handles. It's just too quick. But, I know I need to test the GS before I pick. But, if I was going to get the GS, it would be RWD. I don't need AWD and I want to salvage that one mile per gallon.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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What's the budget?

A less common car that you might want to consider is a 2007/2008 Infiniti G35. Great bang for the buck car.

It's faster than the GS and TSX and looks better, IMO.

Here is a 2007 AWD version with 32k miles for $19888:

2007 Infiniti G35 Sedan 4dr Auto G35x AWD (http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/ctd/2533037371.html - broken link)

2007 AWD with 29k miles for $21,500

Queens is located at Long Island City Hyundai along with other similar vehicles to Brooklyn Sedan&make=23&model=542&style=287622&vk=1665620
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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What's the budget?

A less common car that you might want to consider is a 2007/2008 Infiniti G35. Great bang for the buck car.

It's faster than the GS and TSX and looks better, IMO.

Here is a 2007 AWD version with 32k miles for $19888:

2007 Infiniti G35 Sedan 4dr Auto G35x AWD (http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/ctd/2533037371.html - broken link)

2007 AWD with 29k miles for $21,500

Queens is located at Long Island City Hyundai along with other similar vehicles to Brooklyn Sedan&make=23&model=542&style=287622&vk=1665620
Budget is around $27,000 or so.
I've thought about an Infiniti before, but I decided no. I personally like the looks of the Lexus and Acuras more. Plus, Infiniti is sportier, so they do get slightly worse mileage than its class counterparts.
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Budget is around $27,000 or so.
I've thought about an Infiniti before, but I decided no. I personally like the looks of the Lexus and Acuras more. Plus, Infiniti is sportier, so they do get slightly worse mileage than its class counterparts.
Well yeah, if you get a 4 banger with 200HP, it's going to get better mileage than a car with 330HP.

The 2009/2010 G37 has the same MPG as a 2007 GS 350 and packs about 30HP more. You can find one for under $29k easilly.

I've said it before, a 2011 Kia Optima SX for ~$28k offers best MPG, looks, and options (heated/cooled seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, keyless start, HIDs, led tails, memory seats, panaramic sunroof,etc etc). Plus it's brand spankn' new with a great warranty. It does 0-60 in low 6's and 22/34MPG.






Nothing like a new car

Rebadge it with the Korean badges and people will be guessing what it is all day long. Most people guess it's a Lexus once they see the inside.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Don't buy the TSX. Either buy the car you like, or keep the car you have.

Why trade one car you don't like for another that you don't like? That makes no sense.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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You will love the LExus GS. Great looking still, lovely interior, much faster than the TSX with MPG very close to it. TSX is FWD and I-4 GS, is RWD, V-6. The build quality is better and the features. Mind you the TSX is not a bad car at all, but it is a EUro Accord in Europe.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I would give up fewer miles for more features, to a point. The GS is a nicer car. Peace of mind with a newer car and fewer miles is great and all, but a nice car is just... really nice.
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