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Entry-Level Luxury Daily Driver, European or Japanese

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Looking for an entry-level luxury/performance car for use as a daily driver.

Priorities: Interior styling / Handling / Powertrain performance / Brand reputation & image / Reliability & durability

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe / Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 90000
Maximum age: 12 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from mwcten

10:46 am February 11, 2015

It sounds like you should probably be looking at an Acura, Lexus or Infiniti. Anything European with your specified age/miles/price will be tempting fate in terms of expensive repairs. Acura's coupe/sedans are the RSX, TSX, TL, RL in order of ascending size. The RSX is 2-door; the rest are 4-door; all could be had within your ranges. Similarly, you should be able to find a Lexus in your budget as well; maybe an IS or ES sedan. And probably your sportiest option would be an Infinity G35.


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Response from jasonmreece

1:07 pm February 11, 2015

Within your price, age and mileage limits, I can't think of a better vehicle than the 2004-2008 Acura TL. It was an is an exceptional sports sedan (even if it is FWD) and the quality and durability are second to none! The 2004-2008 Acura TSX is almost as appealing but with with significantly less power (though not slow by any means) in exchange for a lower price and better fuel economy. Both cars got a 'mid-cycle' refresh in 2006 that included some minor cosmetic tweaks, new wheel designs and a few added features. You can't go wrong either way.

Another idea, although it lacks the luxury name, is a 2009-2010 Mazda6 with the 3.7L V6 and 6-speed automatic. I have a 2012 CX-9 with the same powertrain and it is a blast to drive, I can only imagine how much more fun it would be minus almost 1000lbs!


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