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Acura TSX vs. Infiniti G35

rdl2rdl2 Posts: 6
edited July 23 in Acura
I am in the market for a new car and was trying to decide between the Infiniti G35 and the Acura TL. Once in the Acura showroom, I was introduced to the TSX and thought for the price differential, this was a pretty good car.

I am torn between the AWD and 6 cylinder drive of the G35 vs. the price point and fun drive of the TSX. I do live in the northeast, so I am also interested in how the TSX does in the snow.

Any thoughts. Thanks.
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  • stlcarguystlcarguy Posts: 30
    My wife has had her TSX through 2 winters now with great performance. We live in the midwest and often get atleast a few solid snow and ice storms per year. Her car handled everything just fine. We live on a bluff and have a long hill up to our subdivision and in addition have a steep driveway. The car just trucked right on up them both without fail.
  • rdl2rdl2 Posts: 6
    So, I guess you recommend the car. I'm leaning towards it and just need to be tipped over a bit.
  • stlcarguystlcarguy Posts: 30
    Sorry, I just focused on your "interested in how it does in snow" part I guess :) I definitely recommend it. If it's any indication I just picked up an '06 for myself. I think it's just the best value in the segment. If you really love the G35, go for it. If it really is a toss up though, I think the TSX is best decision.
  • rdl2rdl2 Posts: 6
    Thanks.

    It is a toss up and because the TSX was never on my original list, I am having trouble deciding.

    But I think you are right. I had narrowed my choice down to the G35, but didn't "love it". I thought it would be a great choice.

    But for the price and the style, I'm thinking the TSX will be the choice. And the fact that you assure me that it does well in the snow, clinches the deal.

    Thanks again. The TSX it is.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    By the way, gdoctsx1, I like your post, #74.
    I see your point about being in Canada, the cost of the vehicle and the amount you need to earn in order to cover the tax and such.
    In the US, we do have it pretty good, when comparing to some others, although I still like to complain.

    I also have a home, family w/ kids and a mortgage to deal with.
    I am also at that stage in life where I need to plan for my future (36 yrs old) as well as my kid's.

    The G came at just the right time in life.
    I haven't owned a car like this before, or anything near this price range... and may not ever again.
    I sometimes wonder what I was thinking, but I'm enjoying every second of the time I have with this car.

    It was a good post and a point well made. ;)
  • You probably bought the car already, but the G35, I believe is rear-wheel drive. So, on acceleration, you could fishtail a bit. The TSX is front wheel so you shouldn't have that probablem as much.
  • rdl2rdl2 Posts: 6
    Thank you for your response. Yes I did buy it already and so far I am very happy with it (although it obviously hasn't snowed yet.)

    The G35 I was looking at was actually all wheel drive which I know would have been great in the snow. Hence, that was my dilemma.
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    A future G25 might be a better comparison to the current gen TSX.
  • factfinderfactfinder Posts: 103
    The 1999 Infiniti G20 would be a good comparison.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    The G20 was a good car in it's day, and also occupied a similar, unique "in-between" spot with a touch of luxury, sport, and affordable family practicality.

    Unfortunately, with only a 2.0L 140 HP engine, the G20 pales in comparison to the TSX. In fact, thanks to it's added weight, the G20 even paled in comparison to the Sentra SE-R, the car it was based on.

    The G20 was also held back by the economy car platform it was built on - it really was nothing more than a dressed up Sentra. The TSX, on the other hand, possesses a high level of refinement because it's built on Honda's midsize platform (Accord, TL, etc.).

    I liked the G20 when it first came out, but I owned a Sentra SE-R at the time and couldn't understand why anyone would choose the Infiniti over the Nissan. The Sentra had so much better performance and was comfortable enough for me.
  • sweendogysweendogy Left lanePosts: 1,162
    if you remember the infiniti g20 was actually a car that was applauded by the press as being a good entry level lux car.. As is the Japanese Accord --aka the acura tsx- yes the tsx has 200 hp but this isn't 1998. The TSX is a fantastic car -- looks are great- the interior is TL --the exterior sharp and sporty -- BUT it is not in the same class as the g35 - 306 hp hello-- yes the g35 cost more as it should --its the size of a bmw 530. Ok so why would someone buy a TSX when they could get an accord for less with more power?? well the answer would be to have the Acura badge the service and resale.. so thats why someone would rather have a g20 over the sentra (the se-r was a great car in the day)
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    From a sporting perspective, the G20 couldn't hold a candle against the Sentra SE-R.

    The TSX, on the other hand is a sporty, responsive, fun-to-drive sedan that blows the Accord away dynamically.

    Driving the Accord is like - well, let's just say I'd have more fun clipping my toe nails than I would clipping apexes in an Accord. :P
  • sweendogysweendogy Left lanePosts: 1,162
    "From a sporting perspective, the G20 couldn't hold a candle against the Sentra SE-R."-- agreed.. but again the sentra did not have a bose radio, leather seats, or infiniti service. The G20 was built for an different customer one who wasn't looking to race..
    "Driving the Accord is like - well, let's just say I'd have more fun clipping my toe nails than I would clipping apexes in an Accord."

    And by the time you got to that apex you would be far behind an accord v6 6 speed. :(
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    When did we stop comparing G35's and TSX's and start talking about G20's, Sentras and Accords?
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    "agreed.. but again the sentra did not have a bose radio, leather seats, or infiniti service."

    Agreed.. but again, my response was directed at the comment that the TSX should be compared to the G20. My point is that the G20 sacrificed performance for more luxury, while the TSX increased performance AND luxury.

    "by the time you got to that apex you would be far behind an accord v6 6 speed."

    Dragstrips don't have an apex...
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Dragstrips don't have an apex

    Bringing a TSX to a dragstrip is just like taking a knife to a gun fight.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    The G20 is the conceptual ancestor of the G35 (and arguably one of the first modern Japanese "entry lux" cars based on a more pedestrian platform). Comparing the mission/execution of the TSX to the G20 (and the G20's evolution into the G35) is a valid diversion, in my opinion.

    BTW, I don't think the TSX really compares to the G35 anymore. The G35 has moved significantly upmarket (and in my opinion, lost it's appeal).
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    BTW, I don't think the TSX really compares to the G35 anymore.

    Absolutely.
    This entire thread is absurd.

    We're comparing two completely different cars.
    The TSX only has one thing going for it in comparison... price.

    And those who choose it for that reason are the types that would never look at the G or likewise to begin with.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Actually, I would rather own and drive a TSX than a G35. The TSX is a more responsive car that's more fun to drive. The steering has a lot of feel and gives a lot of road feedback to the driver - the clutch and shifter are to die for - and the chassis feels light and tossable.

    The G35 is a barge by comparison - a very fast barge, but a barge.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    But the comparo here is on the subject vehicles. Anyone is free to start a different comparo at anytime.

    If/when everyone agrees that there is no comparison between the TSX and G35 anymore (if there ever was) and QUITS POSTING here, the topic will die a natural death and we'll schedule the funeral. ;)
  • sweendogysweendogy Left lanePosts: 1,162
    Actually, I would rather own and drive a TSX than a G35. The TSX is a more responsive car that's more fun to drive. The steering has a lot of feel and gives a lot of road feedback to the driver - the clutch and shifter are to die for - and the chassis feels light and tossable.

    The G35 is a barge by comparison - a very fast barge, but a barge


    now thats absurd. Fedlawman has never stepped on the gas of a G35..responsive.. hello -306hp -tsx yes the shifter is great -but your driving a front wheel drive car-responsive? step on the gas on the G and you'll get enough feedback to send you to jail quick.(lawman).have you seen the reviews for this car?? I'm happy your happy with your TSX its a great car but its not a G --even the Host is laughing :)
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    "...never stepped on the gas of a G35..responsive.. hello -306hp...responsive? step on the gas on the G...have you seen the reviews for this car?"

    I don't own a TSX or a G35, but have driven both extensively.

    I am also past puberty and believe the term "responsive" means more than stepping on the go pedal when the light turns green.

    For your info, here's what I wrote after my first test drive of a 2007 G35 6-speed Sport last December (well before any of these discussions began):

    "It's power feels soft. The clutch take up is sudden, making smooth shifts next to impossible. This difficulty was compounded by the most glaring fault - throttle response. I'm sure it's the drive-by-wire software, but it had a very detached feel to it, and revs hung so high and long that when you try to heel&toe, the revs actually leap up a few hundred RPM before they slowly start to decay. It was the most unnatural, awkward, and difficult to shift car I've driven in a long time. It's a car that you don't settle into and immediately feel comfortable driving."
    fedlawman, "Entry Level Luxury Performance Sedans" #7262, 26 Dec 2006 11:01 am

    I admit the TSX would benefit from having some more ponies under the hood, but I love that the TSX begs to be driven. The controls all feel natural and effortless - you settle in immediately and everything just works and feels as it should. It's simply a car that loves to rev and shift and turn, and it puts a smile on your face every time.

    I'm glad you enjoy the G35 - it's an impressive car for the money. I'm actually impressed with how sporty the G35 turned out to be considering how big and heavy it is (heavier and longer wheelbase than a Buick LaCrosse!). Maybe Infiniti and Buick should join forces and finally beat BMW in the luxury sport sedan market :P
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    If a G35 is a barge, would a CTS-V, M5, RS6, E55 (OK maybe this is one!) be mega barges? You want a nicely done car that is responsive and actually can get out of it's own way, get a mazdaspeed 3, or old mazdaspeed protege. Hell, an SVT focus (Kinda slow though) for that matter. They compare to a TSX about as well as a TSX compares to a G. TSX is overpriced and doesn't really know what it is.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    "If a G35 is a barge, would a CTS-V, M5, RS6, E55 (OK maybe this is one!) be mega barges?"

    Yup.

    "TSX is overpriced..."

    Yes, I agree that time has marched on since 2003 and the TSX no longer offers the value it once did. The entry-lux segment has moved upmarket in power, price, and size/weight and left the aging TSX to occupy a new, smaller niche. I think the TSX now compares more closely with cars like the VW Jetta/Passat/Audi A3/A4, Subaru Legacy, and Lexus IS250.

    "...and doesn't really know what it is."

    The TSX is a non-sentient machine. It doesn't know anything. I know that it is still one of the most approachable and entertaining sedans on the road. Is the G35 worth $3,000 more? That depends on what you value in a car - HP or chassis/driveline precision.
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    The disparity in overall power (More torque than hp)is at least 3-5 times greater than the driveline disparity the other way. As an owner of an S2000 (05 - 2.2), I find it a joke that the tsx is a "Precision" machine. As an ex-owner of an 04TL, I am embarrassed at the turning radius...tsx didn't seem much better when I would have a loaner. I would think that is more barge-like than any other sentiment. Anything that is to be considered sporty needs to also be at least "Remotely" fast. That's why the TL outsells it almost 2:1. A3 is also overpriced but at least it can get out of it's own way.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    "The disparity in overall power (More torque than hp)is at least 3-5 times greater than the driveline disparity the other way."

    You're entitled to your opinion.

    We all place different value in straight-line acceleration. You want sub-6 sec 0-60, and that's fine. Me? I place a high value on driveline precision.

    As an S2000 owner, you can surely appreciate the joy of driving a car that lets the driver become "one with the machine" instead of merely manipulating the controls and going along for the ride. You have also experienced what it's like to have an almost telepathic dialogue with a car and have it respond to your inputs perfectly. Finally, you know what it is like to push a car to it's limits, and at all times know exactly what each tire is doing as they communicate to you through your hands, feet, ears, and seat of the pants - and to ride that razors edge knowing you're in complete control.

    I don't believe the G35 is this type of car.

    Of course the TSX has it's weaknesses being the luxury/family based car that it is (turning radius, all-season tires, FWD, etc.), but it does posses many of these sports car qualities. It's tossable, communicative, and has intuitive/fluid controls (like your S2000). It's limits are accessible without being scary, and it's fun exploring and playing with those limits. The G35 6-speed I drove, while a fast, grippy, and capable sport sedan, had none of these more elusive qualities. So while the TSX is no S2000, it's a lot closer to the mark than the G35 - and if you measure your car to the S2000 benchmark, the numb steering, jerky shifting G35 can only come up wanting.

    One point I'll concede is that all of my opinions are based on the 6-speed manual versions of these cars. As I have stated in the past, I think the TSX with auto transmission is a dud - the slushbox literally saps all the fun out of the car. And although I've never driven a G35 with auto transmission, I truly believe that a slushbox would wipe away the negative traits that I found so distracting (clutch take-up, throttle response, rev matching issues, etc.).

    I can't recommend the TSX with an auto transmission, nor can I recommend the G35 with a stick shift. My recommendation to you is to keep the S2000. If I didn't need a backseat in my weekend runabout, I'd be driving one too.
  • johninnjjohninnj Posts: 243
    Fair enough...I have both, actually. And my G is auto...complete with corny paddles but VERY nice rev-matched downshifting. That's what I meant with the TSX not really knowing what it is. 4 door hard-core...get an evo. 4 door comfy but fast...TL/G/IS/Legacy. 4 door cheap track burner...SRT/Mazdaspeed. In all fairness, all the loaner tsx's I drive were auto. Honda doesn't make an auto s2k for a reason (I still can't believe they made auto rx7tts).
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    You have a nice fleet in your stable - not unlike my own choices. A sporty yet comfortable car for the week, and an unfiltered, uncompromised sports car for the weekend.

    I guarantee if you take a TSX 6-speed for a spin, you'd understand. Off the top of my head, I would describe it as 65% TL (refinement, luxury) and 35% Miata (nimble, crisp).
  • silvertlsilvertl Posts: 8
    I just might, because now I've become curious. I have driven a 6mt TL, and found the shifter to be a bit sloppy (Although pretty good for a front driver). I have a car-nut friend who now has a 911CS, who swears that his early 90's miata was the best shifting car he's ever owned. He's owned some really really really good cars, including an nsx, sti, rx7, s2k, and a gs-r. I still don't think I can get past a nearly 30K car that barely breaks 8 seconds 0-60 though. I stop at a lot of redlights! ! !
  • silvertlsilvertl Posts: 8
    That's funny..my laptop has my old ID saved. I'm curious, do you think the tsx is sportier than a 325? I drove a 98 (I think) M3 HARD and I swear the front end felt as planted or more than the s2k. My friend who had a 2000 s2k said his was more lively than my "Watered down" 05 though.
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