Test drove the Lexus ES350 and Infiniti G35 this weekend- unfortunately both are coming off the list.
The ES350 is GREAT if you want a point a to point b car- it was extremely smooth and refined... but had zero fun rating, and driving it I realized I care about that more than I originally thought. Lots of bells and whistles... ventilated seats are quite sweet
G35 drove and handled pretty well, but my wife HATES the throaty sound of the engine/exhaust, so it's out. I liked it a lot overall, but there were more small things that bugged me than most of the other cars.
Checked out the Lexus IS250/350... might as well not even have a backseat, so it's out.
Checked out the Lexus RX330... more spacious on the inside than we thought, and aside from the BMW the most comfortable... hard to beat that interior. My wife thinks it looks like a station wagon that wants to be an SUV, and that's hard to argue. Plus it is the cliche soccer mom vehicle... but I love it anyway, which stuns me.
Checked out the Acura MDX... my wife and I both like the exterior better than the RX, but it doesn't hold a candle to the RX on the inside. It will come down to seeing which one drives better as to which makes the final list.
Checked out the new 3 series... wow. That is a sexy, sexy car. It doesn't have anywhere near as many creature comforts as others comparably priced, but I felt like driving becomes FUN AS HELL when sitting behind that wheel. Rear seat room has increased and I'd call it comfortable- but definitely eeking into that category. Very interested in test driving this coming weekend, hope the 325 is not a complete wimp. Wife thinks the dash looks like it hasn't been updated in 10 years, but she agrees it is very nice overall.
Checked out the Acura TL... not as nice in person, off the list.
Lastly, checked out the new Tahoe/Yukon. Best looking SUV on the road IMO... inside it still looks like a 25k vehicle. Wife disagrees strongly, but when I see a 49k sticker, I expect a LOT better than what GM came up with. Don't get me wrong, it's worlds better than the train wreck of quality and style that it was. Front seats were comfortable, rear seats ok.
So for now at least we're down to:
07 Chevy Tahoe
perhaps the strangest list ever assembled, and almost completely devoid of similarity