BUYING A CAR IN 2015

BUYING A CAR IN 2017

(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)


SPECIFIC VEHICLE RECOMMENDATIONS - Midsize Luxury Cars:

These cars are generally very nice, very quiet, and very good handling vehicles. Most come with standard leather seating and a host of power everything. They hold four average size passengers comfortably. Some require premium gas. Some of these vehicles come in V8 versions also, but they are not much smoother or quieter than the 6 cyl versions. Just faster.

Lexus ES350 - The best. A high luxury Avalon. Extremely high quality vehicle. Extremely quiet and reliable. 6 cyl front wheel drive or 4cyl hybrid

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.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
5 - Best there is.† More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
2 - Can tow a small trailer (4X7/motorcycle/jet ski)
1 - Not for hauling
4 - Performs well in emergency maneuvers


Acura TLX - Replaces the TSX and the TL, so it sits between the ILX and the RLX in size and price. Very high quality. Sporty handling. Very high reliability. 4 or 6 cyl, front wheel drive. Get the 206 hp 4 cyl. It's satisfying and has better handling.

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.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 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
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Lexus GS350 - About the same size car as the ES350, but completely different car and drive train. More sport oriented. Drives more like a BMW, but with a touch more luxury emphasis. Extreme reliability. V6, rear or 4 wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
4 - Quite spritely
4 - Takes 115 to 120 ft to stop.† Serious stopping power.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 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
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Infiniti Q50 - This is the updated version of the G37 shown below. The G37 is being continued as a lower price vehicle. Although being the same size as Maxima, this is a completely different car than the Maxima with the same engine, but a rear or 4 wheel drive configuration and stressing more sport and more luxury than the Maxima. 6 cyl. Available 4 wheel drive is designed for better handling, but it is, also, recommended for snow covered states.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
4 - Quite spritely
4 - Takes 115 to 120 ft to stop.† Serious stopping power.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
4 - Very good vehicle
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Nissan Maxima - Largest Nissan car and very sporty. Be careful of torque steer (the tendency of the steering wheel to turn when the gas is pressed hard). Same V6 engine as Altima SE, 370Z, Murano, Infiniti G37, and Infiniti Q50 and QX70. Front wheel drive.

RATINGS:
Acceleration:
Braking:
Fuel Cost:
Seating:
Reliability:
Trunk space:
Towing:
Hauling:
Collision avoidance:
4 - Quite spritely
4 - Takes 115 to 120 ft to stop.† Serious stopping power.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
4 - Comfortable for 4 on trips
4 - Very good vehicle
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Acura RLX - Acura's flagship, but not large enough to be put into the ""Large"" category. More sport oriented. Very high quality car with excellent handling and reliability. Popularity dropped when Acura dropped the Legend name and styling in favor of something looking more like a Mercedes and with a name thatís near impossible to remember. 6 cyl, All wheel drive, and gas mileage is about the same as V8s in this class.

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
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival


Acura ILX - Acura's new entry level vehicle to replace the Integra and subsequent RSX, but larger than either. About the size of the earlier Honda Accords. 4 cylinder engine only, but the performance version has the Civic Si 200 hp 4 cyl engine. Front wheel drive.

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.
3 - 20 to 24 mpg on regular or 22 to 26 on premium fuel
3 - Seats 4, okay for around town, a little crowded for trips
5 - Best there is.† More reliable used than many new cars
3 - Good trunk space
1 - Don't do it
1 - Not for hauling
5 - Provides the best chance for survival