Acura TSX or Lexus IS350

is350

#1

I want a reliable, fuel efficient into level luxury car. I narrowed my choices to the TSX or IS350. The TSX is fuel efficient, but a new European Accord is due out this fall for 2008 and the TSX might change body styles this fall. The IS350 is a V6 and it has fuel efficiency similar to the 4 cylinder IS250. I have a hard time believing this. Finally, should I try to get a used 2006 version of either car or just spend the extra 2-3 grand for a new one?


#2

I think you should decide whether you want a FWD car or a RWD car. There is quite a bit of difference in the driving dynamics between the two. My guess is that the 4-cylinder Acura will get better gas mileage overall than either Lexus, both of which have 6-cylinder engines. You are aware, I hope, that all of these vehicles require the use of premium gasoline.


#3

There are lots of nice, low-mileage used cars on the market. The first year depreciation on a new car is pretty steep. I like to let someone else lose the money. I’m a believer in buying used cars.


#4

Unfortunately this is not the case for Lexus, Acura, BMW, and MB until about year 3-4.


#5

I live near one of the largest auto auctions on the east coast. I see lots full of these cars every day, many only one or two years old. They may not be cheap, but they are less expensive than new ones.


#6

If you like the Lexus, why not go balls out with a Toyota Camry? Most of the time, a fully loaded Camry XLE will cost less than a normal Lexus model. About the only difference is the drive wheels(the 3.5L v6 in the Camry is the same exact engine they put in the Lexus). If you do a fair amount of city driving, the Camry hybrid might entice you(40/38 city/highway). Also, the TSX is rated 22/31, the same as a Camry v6, with the i4 Camry with 24/33.
A Camry XLE v6 with navigation system(cheaper to buy a handheld unit, but pricing for the sake of decking it all out) is just a shade over $32k. An IS350(same engine, remember), starts out at $35k. A TSX will run you about $30k depending on how you want your interior/exterior looking(metal trim and/or front, side and rear body spoilers, etc)