infiniti fx35 : I beleive the Highlander had a touch more left legroom to thedeadpedal (with a size 16 foot, I notice that) ; had a higher liftoverfor the rear hatch, handled a little better and had a smaller turningcircle, and the leather was less slippery. But... the JBL stereo wasboomy and gave me an earache during the testdrive, and the onlyavailable leather color is Ivory which will get dirty very quickly.The warranty is shorter, but the dealer is convenient to my office andto public transit.The Toyota dealer is being firm on the price; the Lexus dealer willgive a substantial discount to the point where an RX300 and HighlanderLimited are within $2,000 of each other.Not in the least. Go for the Acura MDX---by far the best deal for the money.Both good choices... Both based off the Camry platform if I remember. TheRX300 is an older design though and will have an "older" feel. TheHighlander is in more demand (little supply, soccer moms here like em).The MDX is a good choice too (more $$) as is the new Infiniti FX35/45(). Not sure on the foot room though (my dad at 6'4", 15wide feels your pain).
infiniti fx35 : If you wanted domestic, I got a Ram 1500 quad cab (with 20" wheels!). Gasmileage sucks, but 6 people do fit in it and I can haul tall crap. It is aDodge though :-)You know, I'm not sure why my message got posted in this newsgroupanyway. I think Agent messed up, but I really appreciate your helpfulcomments and those of others.Unlike wonderful wide open Las Vegas, I live in New York City whereparking spaces are tight, even the one in my apartment building. Iwasn't able to fit an Explorer in my parking space, but I was able tofit the Mercedes ML300 and the Lexus RX300. I think the RX300 has atouch less legroom for my left foot, but probably it doesn't. I couldgo back to the Toyota dealer again but he's sick of seeing me. The MDX surprised me. It, and the Pilot had a left deadpedal that waspractically horizontal with the floor and unusually close. I couldn'tfind any comfortable place for my left foot in those. I can't understand why big people choose smallish cars and complain about lackof room. Just get a Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Sequioa, Lincoln Navigator orRange Rover.
infiniti fx35 : I can't geet an Escalade, Sequoia etc since they won't fit in myparking garage space (Even an Explorer won't fit). Also, I'm a littleconcerned about the environment and the Highlander/RX300 get 18/22 onRegular fuel. The RX300 and Highlander are quite similar. Consumer reports rated theHighlander slightly above the RX300. The Top 2 scoring in thatcategory were the Audi Allroad and BMW X.5, But they did not get arecommendation for CU because of Reliability issues. The next 4 topscoring are Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, and LexusRX300, . All are pretty close in the ratings. My personal experienceis that I prefer Toyota/Lexus products. Honda products seem to requiremuch more maintenance.My company leased a 1999 RX300 for 3 years and it was an outstandingcar. Averaged 20 MPG combined. I tried to convince my wife to give upher '99 GMC Suburban LT for it when the lease ran out, but she lovesbig cars. I also tested the Highlander and Sequoia before settling ona LX430. I really liked them both, but if the difference in price was$2000 a would go with the Lexus. I would expect the resale value tomake up for the difference in price.
infiniti fx35 : First I just need to say that this is gratuitiously off-topic. Thenagain, this isn't the first time and won't be the last.Second, why the need for a SUV? Especially this kind of SUV (carbased unit body). They have none of the good characteristics of atrucks (load carrying and towing capacity, off-road capability), withlots of the bad characteristics (too large/heavy, poor handlingcompared to practically any car (albeit somewhat better then the realtrucks), instability/higher rollover incidence, high-roofline to blockthe view of drivers behind you, bad gas mileage, etc, etc). If youhave good reason to get a truck, get a truck. If not get a car, evena big one if you need the room.Yes, I know it's off topic. The strange thing is that I had Agent postmy original message to the lexus and the toyota newsgroups. I have noidea how it go to the las vegas newsgroup. In fact, it isn't even inmy list of posted messages to this group. Very strange. What is evenmore strange is that the responses in this group have been veryhelpful to me, more so than in the other groups, and I really want tothank everyone who has responded.
infiniti fx35 : Now to answer your question, why the need for an SUV? Right now Ihave a 96 Infiniti G20t. I'm also an avid bicycle rider (recreationalonly) and I like to go to different areas to take bicycle rides. I'mtired of going through the process of taking out the bike rack,setting it up on the trunk, and attaching the bike to it. With an SUVI could just open the hatch, put the bike in, and travel to wherever Iwant to go. But to be honest with you, when I drove the RX300, I really feltsecure and safe in it. Near where I work there is a road that has aseries of twists and turns that causes my CD player to stop working.I've tried test driving various cars through that area, since myInfiniti has no troubles with it. Surprisingly, many vehicles,including the 2003 Accord EX and even the Acura TL-S type (which hasstability control) slide out and spin around at 40mph in those twists.The Highlander and the Lexus both handled the turns w/o incident. Iftheir Stability Control kicked in, I didn't notice. Also, my insurance company tells me that the insurance on a 2003Highlander or Lexus Rx300 would be LESS than on my current 96 InfinitiG20. The 2003 Accord would be nearly $1,000 a year more than mycurrent policy.
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