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Infiniti G35 vs. Lexus IS 250

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  • I'm in the same market, and have test driven both the G35 and IS250 in the last day. I was initially attracted to the muscular stance of the IS250, and thought that was the way I would go when I walked out the door to take some test drives.
    However, coming from owning a TL, I was pretty dismayed with the lack of power from the IS. Seemed similar to my old Accord V4 in terms of zip. I also have to agree with some of the other posters here that the IS seems cramped in the drivers seat, and back seat appears very light on leg room.
    The G35's larger engine and HP was definitely noticable. I'm not a big speed guy, so coming from me that's saying something.
    In terms of looks, the new G35 grew on me - and I'm thinking that's the way I'll go. The cache of owning a Lexus had it's initial appeal, but after looking over them both pretty closely - I think the G35 is standing head and shoulders above the IS250.
    Hope to make my purchase tomorrow or Wednesday.
  • erinb510erinb510 Posts: 22
    I think we are all making/made a great decision. Now I just have to wait for it to get here. It seems like everyone on here had to wait some time for their specific vehicle to arrive. The dealership I'm working with said that Infiniti isn't sending out too many with the packages. It seems to me the cliental for this vehicle would only want the upscale packages. Who knows???

    Curious... what color did you guys get? I'm loving the Slate Blue, but could go Liquid Platinum too.
    :D
  • Yup, I've got the Blue Slate on hold - with the grey interior. Though, when I go back - I might take another look at the tan interior. I've had a grey car before - so looking for something darker.

    I'm thinking the only option I'm not going to get is the backup camera/intelligent cruise/intelligent headlights. Seems like the only one I'd use is the backup camera, and even then only sparingly.
  • terra4mterra4m Posts: 2
    I went through the same comparison shopping as many of you did. I looked at the BMW 328xi, Lexus IS 250 awd and the G35x. It was a really tough decision. Each car has it's own pros and cons. I love the BMW, but with all the options I wanted, it was close to $50K and I would have to order one and wait longer than I wanted to. Like others have said, it's definitely a personal preference. I ended up going with the loaded to the gills G35x. This car is a blast to drive (not quite up to BMW 3 series, but pretty close). The Lexus was an awesome car, but the cramped back seat and lack of power in the IS250awd was what clinched the deal for me. Also, some others have mentioned the higher maintenance costs for the Infiniti. On what are you basing this on? I've only heard positive things about this car and it's mechanicals. In fact, the engine in the G35 is on the Ward's 10 Best Engine's list (again). The IS350's engine also made the cut, but not the IS250.

    All are awesome rides, so if you have any one of them, congrats on a great car...
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Mark, keep in mind that the Wheat interior is not available on the Blue Slate, so if you fall for that interior, you're now looking at a new decision for exterior color.
    I went with the Blue Slate and have the Graphite (Black) interior with the Rosewood trim.

    As for options, I suggest test driving a G with the Tech if possible.
    Most I talk to who chose to skip the Tech package are now sorry they did so.
    It's only 1K more, and for what you get, it's an incredible deal.
    The three options in the package work better than I could have ever hoped, and I'm not sorry one bit that I went that route.
    At least think about it.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    The only thing that my G is missing that the IS offered me was the ventilated seats.
    I loved those, and wish the G had them.
    Every other part of the car beats the IS250 hands down, so I guess it's a small price to pay.

    Unless you need illuminated door sills.
    Then the IS would be the only choice. :P
  • from_flfrom_fl Posts: 113
    Can your G go 400+ miles per tank?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Downhill with a good tail wind, sure.

    I had a full list of wants and needs, and although MPG was on the list, it was not at the top for me.
    I'm lucky enough to work less than a mile away from my wife, so we commute together in her car 3 days a week.
    That saves me on gas $.
    Driven calmly, the G is actually not bad at all on gas, and right in line with the IS250, since you mentioned it.

    I will say that if you want a "sporty" car with a nice luxury feel, the IS250 should be on your list.

    My list included that, but I also wanted AWD... AND performance. The 250 fell short in that cartegory.
    If the IS350 offered AWD, I would have bought one in the Spring of 06, when I first started my search.

    Infiniti hit the nail on the head, for what I wanted... and I love it! :blush:
  • kring5kring5 Posts: 144
    Scottm123, 1 mile commute and you use the other car 3 days a week! you'll be out of break-in period in May... 2011

    Start burnin' it up!
  • Thanks for the suggestion Scott, and when I went back today - I decided to get the Tech package as well. I guess I was thinking it was more expensive, but - when you spread 1K more out over several years...better to have it than to regret.
    I stuck with the Blue Slate/Stone interior with the metallic trim. Took a look at the wood trim, but it didn't exactly jump out at me...so stuck with the metal look. Picking it up tomorrow afternoon!
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,569
    ". . . The back seat is microscopic. . ."

    Exactly. I'm not small, but had no problem enjoying the dickens out of an MGB that I drove well over 100K miles & a couple of Miatas in the '90's. The IS is beyond tiny. If I wanted a roadster, I'd get one.

    I gave this thing a shot because it came with a manual, but research revealed: 1) it was tiny inside (as you posted), 2) no fold-down rear seat (which I require) & 3) the handling isn't in the same class with the G and the 3.

    Some obviously prefer the IS. I'm not among them, and it sounds like you're not either.

    Enjoy that G. It's off my list because: 1) that fold-down rear-seat thing, 2) the gas mileage sucks & 3) they're becoming so popular that they're everywhere. Look for me in a 3-series wagon/estate/avant in the not-too-distant future.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    1 mile commute and you use the other car 3 days a week! you'll be out of break-in period in May... 2011

    LOL
    Actually, our commute is 45 miles each way.
    As long as we stay fairly quiet in the morning, it's a nice ride together (I'm not a morning person and my wife can't seem to stop chatting :cry: )

    The car is a month old and I'm sitting at 450 miles.
    At this rate, break-in will be complete and I'll be WOT in 2 feet of snow! :P
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I stuck with the Blue Slate/Stone interior with the metallic trim. Took a look at the wood trim, but it didn't exactly jump out at me...so stuck with the metal look. Picking it up tomorrow afternoon!

    Awesome car... enjoy it!
    I like the Washi interior as well, but when I sat in it, the interior kept talking to me. It said "Psst, I'm a sports car and need to be driven 120 mph everywhere you go".

    The Rosewood interior had a slightly calmer feel to it.
    I wanted the refined feel that the Rosewood had to offer.
    It sit in the car, and there's this beam of light that shines in through the moonroof and I can hear angels singing in the distance.
    Then I start the car and the exhaust note creeps in through the back seat or through an open window.... and then the car says "Psst, I'm a sports car and need to be driven 120 mph everywhere you go".

    I guess it doesn't matter which interior you choose, this car has the potential of getting you in trouble. ;)
  • triple_7triple_7 Posts: 63
    i just placed a hold on a blue slate on graph prem nav and tire pack. Out here in my area, very little rain or bad weather so I can get away with summer tires all year round so figured I'll pay for the performance tires. I thought about the tech package but convinced myself that it was one thing that i could do without. Will see if i eat those words later in a few months.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    LOL
    I love the Tech Package!

    The adaptive lights are absolutely fantastic if you have to drive on unlit windy roads.

    The backup camera, I'm used to having in the MDX and learned to love, so I knew I'd like that. The lines on the screen changing as I turn the wheel is a nice additional feature the MDX didn't offer.

    The ICC is where this package shines the most.
    I expected it to work, but it works so much better than I could have hoped.
    I NEVER used cruise control, cause as soon as I hit the Set button, people came out of the wood work just to get in front of me... not anymore.
    It's like having Ron Popiel in my car.
    I just "set it and forget it"! :D
  • wes_888wes_888 Posts: 38
    THanks for the reply and sorry for the delayed response. I completely forgot to check these forums.

    Nonetheless, I have decided. Its G35 all the way. So to all you G35 owners out there, I will be joining you guys soon :) Im gonna deal this saturday. When I make that deal, im gonna be counting the minutes till I get that SWWEEETTTTT ride.

    I have decided.. that I dont want to pay for a 50 thousand dollar "camry" (IS250). Sorry, no offence to IS250 owners. Its a very nice car.. its just, it just doesnt offer the thrills that a G35 has to offer. Not even close... :sick:

    Hey Scott123.. I hope u see this. Cuz I wont be eating your dust no more when I get my sweet ride.. ;) I'll be tearing up the streets as much as u can.. if not better :P haha

    OH I remember your lil comment.. haha
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    Nice choice.
    You won't regret it. ;)
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    So I guess the G35 is just a $50K Altima then right?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    LOL!!! Very good point.

    The IS250 is no more a Camry than the G is an Altima.
    And, if you were gonna play that card, the IS is actually a Corolla, and not a Camry at all.
    The ES350 is a Camry.
  • from_flfrom_fl Posts: 113
    Gas price will goes up to 4 dollars. How far(not fast) can your G35 go?
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    People who whimper about gas prices shouldn't be buying any performance vehicle, including the G35.

    I'm getting low 20's in my G and I'm more than happy with that.
    Also, a lot of owners who I've spoke to who have hit the 3500 mile mark are now reporting mid 20's.
  • neil0311neil0311 Posts: 8
    wes_888, there is no IS that you can buy that costs $50K, and that includes the IS350. Most IS250's are running mid to high 30's OTD depending on model and options, and IS350s are high 30's to low 40's depending.

    I bought an IS250 AWD and shopped the G35x as well. The G35 is a very nice car and is a bit roomier, and I'm sure you'll be happy with it. The additional HP really isn't something I need, given I'm not in a rush to make it to the next traffic light 2 seconds faster. If I was, an IS350 would have gotten me there quicker than your G35 anyway.

    For me, the poorer gas mileage around town (and yes, when gas is $4/gallon it matters), somewhat funky looking rear end, and IMO cheaper looking interior in the Infiniti were enough to tip the balance for me to the Lexus. To say that the IS is a "Camry" shows that you're either unwilling to be honest or you never actually drove an IS. I have driven an 07 Camry and the IS is about as far from it as you can get. The ES350 is much more like the Camry if you must make that comparison.

    BTW, I've also driven a new 07 Altima SE 3.5 with leather and nav and you could save $10K and buy that because your G35 is essentially the same vehicle with nicer seats. See, that sounds silly too, huh?
  • wes_888wes_888 Posts: 38
    Yikes! I seem to have caused quite a disturbance with the Camry comment.. :surprise: lol

    In regards to a 50K IS, the reason why I say 50K is cuz I live in Canada, and thats what I'll end up paying after taxes :P

    and now the camry comment... haha.. now, I didnt mean that in the truest sense. I meant it in a way of.. in world of sport sedans, such as, comparing the G, the BMW, the IS, etc. I just didnt find the thrill of a "sport sedan" when I compare the IS to the BMW 3 series or the G35. It just didnt give me that... "feeling" or that sense of.. "wow, im driving an amazing car". It just didnt bring a grin to my face the way the G did or the 3 series did.

    I just didnt get the sporty edge from it.. hence, the whole camry comment. THat comment could be applied to any other family type cars.. like the accord and such. I mean, dont get me wrong. The IS is a WONDERFUL CAR. Its hot. It certainly looks great and it has lots to offer. But if we are saying.. in terms of.. how the car performs and feels in the world of sport sedans, I just dont see it comparing to the G or the 3.

    I find.. the G and 3 to be.. a sport sedan first, then lux thrown it after. Whereas with the Lexus IS, it feels more like, lux was the priority, and the sport was thrown in after.

    As a stand alone car... I think the IS is quite a stunning car. No doubt about it. I really really really considered buying one. NO offense to IS owners. Cuz I think, you have an AMAZING car. Its only when, I compare it to the G, that I find, it doesnt perform as nice as the G.

    Thats just my personal thoughts about the matter. THe whole camry comment was not suppose to be taken literally.. just a fancy way of getting my point across with more flavour ;)
  • wes_888wes_888 Posts: 38
    thats what my dad tells me all the time.. :S lol
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    As a stand alone car... I think the IS is quite a stunning car. No doubt about it. I really really really considered buying one. NO offense to IS owners. Cuz I think, you have an AMAZING car. Its only when, I compare it to the G, that I find, it doesn't perform as nice as the G.

    Don't really get this board the first place anyway. Why is the G35 being compared to the IS250? Wouldn't the IS350 be a better suited competitor?

    I test drove both the G35S, 335i last winter and own an IS350. Be honest, out of the 3, both the 335i and IS350 give me the thrill once I step on the gas but not the G. The G, however, felt more confident (as well as the 335i) going thru corners. For some reason, even though both G35 and IS350 are rated at 306HP, it just felt that the G is less "punchier".

    Overall, 335i is still the leader of the pack but that ugly interior is still very hard to be overlooked (at least for me that is). The interior of the G is a huge upgrade from the previous model but still inferior compare to others like 3er, IS and TL. For an enthusiast who doesn't want to pay 335i kind of money a G35S with manual tranny is probably the only way to go. For a guy who wants luxury and go fast on highways, nothing is better than an IS350.

    At the end, to each of his/her own. :)
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    The IS is an upscale Corolla
    The G35 is an upscale Altima.

    These are facts.
    But to say that a G is essentially the same vehicle as an Altima with nicer seats?
    That's like saying the IS is a Corolla with wood trim.
    It's completely absurd.

    I've seen the 07 Altima 3.5, my friend owns one.
    Yes, it's a nice car if that's what your budget allows.
    It is not, however, a G35 and it'll take more than a seat swap to get it there.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    I also love the IS.
    I started considering the IS250 AWD back in very early 06.
    I was in the showroom with deposit in hand.
    The only thing that stopped me was the fact that they were playing games and didn't seem to want to supply me with the exact model I wanted, special order or not.
    I wanted the Mark Lev package and they couldn't deliver.
    I left upset and without my beloved IS, and ended up buying our "family vehicle" Acura MDX instead. (Same weekend)

    I sat and waited for my wallet to grow again and by the time I was ready to buy again, more options had arrived.
    I again wanted the IS but now wanted more performance in my vehicle. IS250 and performance don't really go together.
    The IS350 is great, but I really needed AWD and wanted a slightly larger backseat for my daughter's comfort.
    The TL never did anything for me and the G just showed up at just the right time.

    If it wasn't for the horrible service at my local Lexus dealership, I'd be driving one right now.
    I'm very happy with the way things turned out though. :)
  • cheerioboy26cheerioboy26 Posts: 412
    The G35 is certainly not an "upscale Altima." It's not even built off the same platform. I assume the same is true between the IS and Corolla.
  • scottm123scottm123 Posts: 1,501
    That's just the point.

    Lexus is the upscale Toyota, Infiniti is the upscale Nissan, Acura is an upscale Honda...etc.
    Take the Acura TL. It's an upscale Accord.
    90% of the parts are different, but it is still an upscale Accord.

    We're not talking about literal scalings of the same car, but if you follow the lineups, most luxury brand companies follow a similar lineup.
    They add luxury and in most cases, performance, to the lower end lineup.

    They are, by no means what-so-ever, the same cars... in any way.
    If they were, we wouldn't be willing to pay the extra buck for the luxury brand.
  • neil0311neil0311 Posts: 8
    Scottm123, of course the G and the Altima are different cars and the comment, if taken seriously, is absurd. That's why if you read my comments, which were made tongue-in-cheek and in reference to the Camry comaparison to the IS, I said:

    "BTW, I've also driven a new 07 Altima SE 3.5 with leather and nav and you could save $10K and buy that because your G35 is essentially the same vehicle with nicer seats. See, that sounds silly too, huh? "
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