I hate choices sometimes as each choice has it's good and bad. My current Lexus RX is approaching 200000kms (about 118000 miles for you guys in the states). I am due to try and sell this car or trade it in and then I will be looking for another Lexus to get me around. Now the intention is for my wife to buy a slightly smaller SUV to do all the kid duties and so forth. That SUV would inherit the title of "family car", which then leaves me with the option of going down the sedan route (I miss sedans). For me this gives me a choice of getting one of the following:
1) A Lexus GS300 (2006+ GRS190R) or
2) A Lexus IS250 (2007+).
The way my car is generally used these days is to drop my 2 year old at daycare twice a week (literally 5 minutes away on the way to the train station), otherwise most weekdays from home to the train station and back. On the weekends it's the current family car so it gets used but not all day or everyday of the weekend (so general use). Every so often (2-3 times a year) we would make a country trip.
Which car do I choose?
Before any feedback is received let me mention these little facts
* I am in love with the gs and it's styling. I always wanted the previous JZS160R but the GRS has won my heart.
* I like the IS but not nearly as much as I do the GS.
* The fuel aspect also ways slightly into it and the "official" figures would suggest that the gs uses maybe 0.7litres per 100km more than the IS and needs a higher grade of fuel (for me about 4cdnts a liter more). Does anyone have any real world figures for these cars to compare properly? Against the RX it would be remarkably better at the end of the day, for general use (not flooring the thing all the time).
* The GS is 6cm longer than the RX but that's half a tow ball so it fits "snuggly" into the garage. Obviously the IS would get a little wiggle room.
* The way I use the car less the family duties.
* I like my bigger cars
I will not buy another make and I am really only interested in the above 2 choices. The LS will be much later and if I get a bigger garage
or win Lotto. The CT200h I am not that impressed with so it's not considered an option.
Lexus Community I hand it over to you.