Thanks y'all! Feedback is much appreciated.
I have had 4 different Lexus GS 350s over the past 12 years and have loved every one of them. Although smaller, I suspect the IS would be similar.
Yeah, I like those too. Unfortunately, it seems that any Lexus with "350" in it is out of my price range or year/milage requirements. Too bad, because they seem to be outstanding cars, and that makes it tough because numbers wise, they're comparable to the Infiniti, which is in my price range. That could be due to the perception that Toyotas are unstoppable and Nissans are just darn good, depending on model.
Subaru Legacy 3.6R (6-cylinder) or 2.5GT (4-cylinder turbo).
I've never been that attracted to Subarus, but they've undoubtedly gotten better looking over the last several years. I have a good friend that's owned several including a modded-to-the-gills magazine cover car. His advice was to drive one that suits me and see what I think, and above all, don't mod it, lol.
This...if you need one DD that can do pretty much everything you can't beat a nice crew cab F-150 4x4.
Yeah, that's not what I want. Despite all my Texan pride, I prefer sitting low and being nimble, two things an F150 is not. Couple that with the fact that a comparable milage/year crew cab 4x4 is way out of my price range. My wife drives a 2010 Ford Edge SUV, and that's all the hauling capacity/utility I need.