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Daily driver recommendations?

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2011-2014(ish)
Leather
Auto
Sedan or wagon
Sunroof would be nice
200+hp
Under $16,000
Under 100,000 miles
Preferably not German
RWD is best, but I'd consider FWD if it was the right car

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My short list so far includes Lexus IS, Infiniti G37, Maybe a Taurus SHO if I can find the right one. CTS is nice, but the V is too expensive and I hear the regular CTS is just ok relative to the competition. Love Acura TL's, but I cannot do that razor blade beak.

What am I missing?

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Really is a shame what they have done to the TL styling. I had a TL Type-S many years ago. It was my first grownup car. Put a ton of miles on it and it was always FLAWLESS!!

If I was in the market for a sedan in that range I would have a Pontiac G8 GT in my driveway so fast it wouldn't even be funny. My ex GF had one and Iv'e never been a GM man, but holy crap that was a great car to drive. Comfy when you wanted it to be, and can be driven hard when you want to. Plus they are unique and in my opinion really really nice looking cars. She still has it to my knowledge and not had any issues in five years, and that was buying it used (think it was a year or two old then).

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Oh yeah, the G8's are great. Unfortunately the secret is out and they hold their value well. I haven't found any in my price range.
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Really is a shame what they have done to the TL styling.
I agree, my wife was a die-hard Acura fanatic, but they drove her away with the styling of the whole line.

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I'm a F-150 guy.
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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.
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Subaru Legacy 3.6R (6-cylinder) or 2.5GT (4-cylinder turbo). We just bought our first Subaru for my wife's DD and I'm very impressed. Ours is a new 2017 2.5 (non-turbo) model so it doesn't fit all your specs but it's a whole lot of car for the money and other than the pokey acceleration (which is fine for her but would not satisfy me!) I am very pleased with the ride, handling, equipment, etc. All wheel drive. I know they have the 6 cylinder model and also a few years back they had the WRX's turbo motor in the Legacy GT. From what I've read it was a great sleeper car.
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I'm a F-150 guy.
This...if you need one DD that can do pretty much everything you can't beat a nice crew cab F-150 4x4.
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Thanks y'all! Feedback is much appreciated.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I drive a Cadillac ATS 2.5l gas mileage is great if you need more power get 2.0T GM's customer service is great I have a bumper to bumper 7 years 100,000 miles warranty that includes all electronics, oil changes etc, free loaner for life usually an ATS or CTS. Buying used I'd definitely get a CPO car the electronic modules, touch pads etc are worth more than gold.

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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.



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.



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.
Ok ok.....being Texan I should have suggested a F-350 PSD with a 6" lift and 37"....as DD
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Look into a second generation Ford Fusion. (2013-2017). We picked up a '14 Titanium and love it. Heated leather seats, sunroof, 2.0L EcoBoost, SYNC with NAV, etc. Ours is really loaded, but you can get the SE with the 2.0 EcoBoost as an option in that price range, or a Titanium with a few less options (no driver assist/blind spot, no nav, etc.).

Is it a Lexus or Cadillac? No, but it drives beautifully and is peppy (235HP, that can easily be tuned up). My son just bought a used CLA250 and it has all the same features and options the wife's Fusion has (memory seat, et all) but he bought it for the badge and prestige. He didn't like it when I told him the CLA250 is the Ford Fiesta of the Mercedes lineup... LOL!

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Oh yeah, the G8's are great. Unfortunately the secret is out and they hold their value well. I haven't found any in my price range.
I went on cargurus just yesterday and found a bunch in your range. Here are the results I got and that was just for the GT's with the V8.

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/invent...sModified=true

Honestly it made me think about offloading my Jeep and picking one up.


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