BUYING A CAR IN 2015

BUYING A CAR IN 2017

(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)


SPECIFIC VEHICLE RECOMMENDATIONS - Large Luxury Cars:

These cars are ultra smooth, quiet as bank vaults, and so-so handling for the most part. They come with standard everything. They hold four large passengers comfortably, and five for short trips. Most are V8 and rear wheel drive. Premium gas required for most.

Lexus LS460 - Probably the most reliable luxury vehicle after 5 years of ownership. Surprisingly nimble for the size. Engine is quiet and smooth enough to pass for an electric motor. Everything on the car is top drawer. Best resale value in the class. Even has a self parking program. Long wheelbase version available for extended rear legroom. V8 or gas/electric hybrid versions, rear wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
4 - Quite spritely
2 - Takes 125 to 130 ft to stop.  Average for today's cars.
2 - 15 to 19 mpg on regular or 17 to 21 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
2 - Hauls large boxes, but you have to fit them into the trunk
3 - Has a decent chance of avoidance


Infiniti Q70 - Tthe largest Infiniti. This model is now named the Q70, but is the same as the previous M37/M56. The Q70 can have either the V6 or the V8. 56/5.6 is a rocket. Even the V6 powered Q70 has serious power and saves another $8K over the V8 version. Very high quality and reliability. 4 wheel drive optional.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
4 - Quite spritely
3 - Takes 120 to 125 ft to stop.  Good for non sports car.
2 - 15 to 19 mpg on regular or 17 to 21 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
5 - Best there is.  More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
2 - Hauls large boxes, but you have to fit them into the trunk
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers