By on November 30, 2018

The Buy/Drive/Burn series has ventured into unpopular cars territory a time or two before. Most recently we discussed three large American sedans that are most unpopular indeed (two of those three are now on their way out). Today we pick a Buy amongst three lower-volume midsize offerings from second-tier luxury brands.

All three cars today cost about the same, are about the same size, have V6 engines, and all-wheel drive. But the similarities stop there.

Buick Regal GS

Buick’s Regal model returned to North America after a hiatus in the mid-2000s, this time as a light rework of the European market Opel Insignia. Built in Germany and Canada, the first generation was not especially successful. For 2018, Buick had a rethink, bringing over a brand new Opel Insignia to represent for Regal. The prior, singular sedan body style was gone, replaced by a five-door liftback of sedan appearance, and an all-wheel drive TourX wagon.

Now built only in Germany by employees who work for Peugeot, the Regal continues to be ignored by most everybody. But not today! Opting for the top trim GS version nets Regal buyers GM’s 3.6-liter V6. That mill produces 310 horsepower and motivates all four wheels under the 4,270-pound sedan. By the time you add all the options that should be standard, you’ll pay roughly $43,000.

Infiniti Q50 3.0t SPORT

Image: 2018 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport, image © Corey LewisThe Q50 started its life back in 2014 as the replacement for the popular G series Infiniti sedans. Residing on the very same FM platform as the prior model, engines were carried over as well, and the 3.7-liter made up the vast majority of North American sales (the VQ35 powered the Hybrid). 2016 saw a general update in style and technology, plus a new engine lineup. The starting cylinder count dipped to four with the introduction of a 2.0-liter engine developed jointly with Mercedes-Benz, while higher-end trims featured a new 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine.

The Q50’s top trim is now the Red Sport 400, with extra boost for the V6 and a horsepower figure of 400. But that’s out of today’s price range. What’s on offer here is a 3.0-liter SPORT trim, which is in all caps. 300 horsepower travel to all four wheels, and the ask is around $41,000.

Acura TLX 3.5 Tech

The TLX was a brand new offering in 2015, when Acura decided it no longer needed two sedans (TSX, TL) that performed the same function and were purchased by roughly the same customer. Like most successful Acura products, the TLX is based on the Accord platform. TLX saw a refresh for the 2017 year when it joined Acura’s other offerings with an updated “diamond-pentagon” grille and sharper rear lamps. The base engine offering in the TLX is the 2.4-liter also found in the smaller Civic-based ILX. Halfway up the trim chart, the engine’s swapped for Honda’s 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Today’s budget allows for the V6 and Tech Package, but not the sporty A-Spec. Paired with all-wheel drive, the asking price is $41,900.

Collectively, these four-doors are largely ignored, but today you’ll pick one for the long haul. Which is the Buy?

[Images: GM, Corey Lewis/TTAC, Honda]

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105 Comments on “Buy/Drive/Burn: 2018 Midsize Luxury Cars Nobody Buys...”


  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    Genericars defined. You have to really focus to notice those two red cars are different.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Drive the Infiniti because it is (I assume) the only RWD bias one.

    Buy the Buick for one last fling before Barra throws up her hands and banishes the brand to China only.

    Burn the Acura because I’d rather have an Accord Sport 2.0T with manual trans.

    • 0 avatar
      eCurmudgeon

      Generally concur, but would still keep my existing 2013 G37X.

      • 0 avatar
        Grenade

        Ditto both you guys. I have a 2012 G37 S sedan (with manual!) that they can pry out of my cold dead hands.

        Buy the Buick for 40% off sticker in a couple months
        Burn the Acura for its ugly beak and FWD bones
        Drive the G30t (doesn’t that sound much better than Q50 3.0t LMNOP?) because it’s a true sport sedan, driver’s car, and we’re all car enthusiasts here right?

        • 0 avatar
          Bill

          Same here. I have a 2010 G37S sedan with manual that I bought new. It has been extremely reliable and fun transportation, plus there is a great dealer nearby. I recently test drove the Q50 (which is not available with a manual) but would rather have the G37, although the Q50 pleasantly surprised me. I wish the Q50 was more of an evolutionary change of the G37 rather than a complete change. Will keep the G37 as long as possible as it is the best car Infiniti has ever produced. It lacks the most recent safety features but has a nice GPS screen and back-up camera, which is all I really need.

  • avatar

    GM just cannot compete. However, I just found out the Lacrosse is still the best selling car in its class. It outsells the Avalon! However the Regal is invisible. Maybe it does not matter anymore.

    GM deathwatch begins. It never really was lifted.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      GM just doesn’t know how to make $$$ on sedans, just like Ford!

      I can’t imagine that Toyota would keep anything around if it’s going to lose money on every unit of a certain model.

      • 0 avatar
        Carrera

        With the new Avalon, you pretty much sit on the floor. Not sure how the octogenarians and septuagenarians will like that. Nice vehicle, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t for what used to be their intended market.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          I’m 72 and I didn’t like the seating level of the Avalon my friend took us four old codgers to lunch in, the other day.

          Then again, the seating was better than my 1989 Camry V6. That’s why we took HIS Avalon.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        sgeffe

        Marai, Yaris, Prius C, 86, Lexus RC, AvalonHybrid, Corola iM, Lexus GS, Lexus LC
        Took 10 years for Toyota to break even on the Prius. Scion stuck around for 15 years. I highly dought it ever made money. The Land Cruiser, Sequoia and Lexus LS don’t sell worth a damn, but they were designed a millennium ago. If Toyota makes on them is very questionable.

    • 0 avatar
      Peter Gazis

      akear

      GM still builds a full line of Trucks Crossovers & SUVs. All of which are selling relatively well. With more on the way (Chevy Blazer, GMC Granite, Buick Enspire, Cadillac XT6).

      On the car side GM hasn’t killed off anything yet. They will be ending production of 6 models in the second quarter of next year. Meaning there will still be a good supply of these cars for the hot summer selling season. After that whats the point. Car sales are falling off a cliff.

      • 0 avatar

        The quality of all GM vehicles is mediocre. Why would anyone buy any GM vehicle over the competition. Even the Blazer has a mediocre interior that trails the best of the competition. GM has a real problem with switch gear.

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          akear

          The idea is for switch gear to be used without taking your eyes off the road. Much like Playstation & Xbox controlers are designed to be used without taking your eyes off the T.V. screen. They may not be as photogenic, but I don”t think any gamer will say “This contoler needs knobs”

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      Check your data again. The Avalon is about twice as popular as the lacrosse.

    • 0 avatar
      tombalas

      I have had a 2016 Buick Lacrosse for 2 years, and 33,000 miles later, I can safely conclude that the car is absolutely flawless. A pleasure to drive and the best car I have ever owned.

  • avatar
    3XC

    I’m racking my brain trying to think of the person that would take any of these over the Kia Stinger.

    Badge chasers go to the usual suspects, of course, but these ain’t it.

    • 0 avatar

      You have proven my theory. With the exception of the Corvette and a few Cadillac’s just about all the competition builds better vehicles than GM. In Just about every Car and Driver comparison GM vehicles finish at the back of the pack.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        2000 years ago I’m sure the Roman Ox carts were more reliable than the Chariots the Emperors rode in. But I don”t want to spend 2 hours a day in a fvcking Japanese Ox Cart!

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      I know quite a few people who bought Kias produced over the past decade who’ve moved on from them for good. Don’t believe the hype.

      • 0 avatar
        labelnerd

        You obviously haven’t driven a Stinger. It would take any three of these. More proof that badge snobbery is holding Kia back.

        • 0 avatar
          road_pizza

          When (not if) that Stinger’s engine craps the bed you’ll change your tune. I work a part time job this time of year doing dealer parts department inventories and every single Hyundai and Kia store’s back room if filled with engine cores waiting to be shipped back to the manufacturer. I wouldn’t tak a Stinger (or any other Kia) for free.

        • 0 avatar
          whynot

          The Stinger’s long term fit and finish has me worried, like most Kias. It has already had a TSB over hatch rattles.

        • 0 avatar
          turbo_awd

          My family felt cramped in the Stinger’s back seat. The Q50 is still “gotta give it another try”, although it’s probably too small too.

          OTOH, Q50 Sport with a tune is faster than Stinger with a tune.. Plus, no paint issues. And their lease terms are horrible compared to Q50.

          • 0 avatar
            Carrera

            The Stinger has an extremely cramped back seat. Hard to get in and out of it as well. From the three cars here, probably Acura has the best rear seat accommodations.

      • 0 avatar
        Brumus

        I’ll believe the hype when a seven- or eight-year-old Kia or Hyundai is in similar condition to a Japanese (or even American) vehicle of the same vintage.

      • 0 avatar

        Consumer Reports ranked Kia near the top for reliability. GM is just below the industry average. Kia simply makes a better product than GM.

        • 0 avatar
          RHD

          Mary Barra can put that on her resume when she is looking for her next job. “Under my leadership, we built cars that were almost as good as KIAs!”

          And KIA workers can say “We build cars that are just a bit better than GM cars… we still have a long way to go!”

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      I didn’t even test drive the Regal or Acura because their acceleration was less than I was looking for.

      I did test a RWD Q50 RS400, which has comparable performance, but they are thin on the ground, and it didn’t seem worth the price difference. YMMV though.

      • 0 avatar
        turbo_awd

        I think you need to try the AWD RS400 – RWD has traction issues all day every day with the factory run-flats. They’re woefully underspecced for a RWD car with no LSD and that much power.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          AWD would be even more money though. Plus living in FL I have no real bad weather use for AWD and the RS400 isn’t so high-powered as to make a well-sorted RWD setup impossible. Maybe if they did an RS600 or something I could see the need.

    • 0 avatar
      arach

      people who like back seats?

      The back seat in the stinger is totally unusable, even for car seats if your taller than 6’6″ in the front…

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        6’6″ is pretty tall. I think four people up to 6′ can be comfortable in the Kia, beyond that it might get dicey. I do think the rear seat is definitely more “useable” than in something like the XE/ATS or a traditional 2-door car.

        • 0 avatar
          arach

          Yeah… I guess your right.

          I’m 6’9″, and thats pretty much the only reason I don’t drive a Stinger :)

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            I’m 6’9″…

            Holy Heck. I would think the list of back seats you DON’T fit in is longer than the list of back seats you DO fit in.

          • 0 avatar
            arach

            @PrincipalDan

            True, although some cars would really surprise you… I have no problem in the back of like a Jeep Patriot for example…

            But its a big deal with kids, because some cars I can fit in but no one can sit behind me. that was the problem with the stinger… my seat almost hits the back seat!

    • 0 avatar
      saturnotaku

      Stinger is one of the most over-hyped and overrated cars ever. I would happily take any of the vehicles mentioned in this article, a Volvo S60, or heck, even a Lexus ES 350 F Sport over it.

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    Buy the Buick, in red. Drive the Infiniti. Burn the Acura, because it’s ugly and will have transmission and paint problems.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    Buy the Infiniti: AWD and I’m an ex-Nissan fanboy, but still have fond memories of the G35/G37 as BMW fighters.

    Drive the Acura: should be dependable but not all that exciting.

    Burn the Buick: meh – it would swap spots with the Acura if the Regal was in station wagon form.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    Burn all of them and get something 2wd.

  • avatar
    gtem

    I think the Buick makes a stronger case for itself in lesser trims, factor in some discounts and you can get a German mile eater in practical 5-door liftback form for the price of a mid-trim base engine Accord. At $43k MSRP, it’s a much harder sell.

    I’ll go buy and drive on the Infiniti, burn TSX and Buick.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      At $43K the Buick is a joke. Still, even at a high-thirties price point, what’s the point of this versus, say, an Accord 2.0T, aside from AWD?

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I beleive gtem has shown interest in the stripped Regal Sportback which would clock in the high 20s MSRP but could be had for a solid discount.

        Personally I’m not interested in any Regal until it hits “Essence” trim with heated seats and 40/20/40 folding rear seat.

        Currently the lesser than GS Regals are looking at solid $5000 plus discounts from GM as long as you are willing to finance through GM.

        • 0 avatar
          gtem

          Yeah I was doing a bit of window shopping, but quickly realized that without at least heated leather seats it would not really feel like a step up from a more plebian midsizer, and thus lost interest. What I am paying a lot more attention to is certified pre-owned Pacifica Touring-Ls. A ton of van for the money and I love how they look and drive, but I’m having a hard time getting a real feel for how frequently people are dealing with issues and how well FCA dealers are resolving them.

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            @gtem – Do you have Carmax near you and have you cross-shopped CPO from dealer and Carmax plus unlimited warranty to see what the gap is?

            I’ve heard that Carmax does a pretty good job of no-questions-asked coverage.

            One of the reasons I keep GM in my consideration is that I do actually have a local dealer with a good reputation of going to bat for their customers over issues.

            If I had a local FCA dealer with the same reputation I’d be more likely to seriously consider one.

            https://youtu.be/uT00XGJpGl8

            SavageGeese made me impressed with the Pacifica.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            Our carmax has some pacificas, but they are painfully overpriced Limiteds. I’m aiming for certified ’18 Touring Ls (mostly ex-rentals) with less than 30k miles, I’m seeing some in the $23k range. Carmax’s offerings are WAY higher, all $33-35k. I’ve also been less than impressed with their “reconditioning.” Cheap noisy tires that ruin the ride, etc.

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        The 5 door liftback utility, although I suspect I’m one of a few people that really geek out about how much utility that gains you, and how wasteful other modern sedans are when they have the general form factor (short decklid and long sloping rear window), but just have a tiny mail slot trunk opening instead.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Buy: Acura
    Drive: Infiniti
    Burn: Opel

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    Buy the Acura. There are ways to shut off VCM and Honda warranties are short anyway. Then there’s just the ZF transmission to worry about.

    Drive the Infiniti. Pour one out for Carlos Ghosen.

    Burn the Buick. It’s built by people who were already spurned by GM. Good luck with that. And besides, why would Farmer Joe want to eat a rat?

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Buy: Honda fanboy here, so the Acura. (If I had to–$42K is a little much when an Accord that does pretty much everything this does is $7K cheaper; I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll prolly end up replacing a turbocharger at some point after I upgrade my avatar to a 2019 Touring next year.)

      Drive: Regal. Reasonable interior, hatch form-factor is interesting. Not worth the asking $$$. (Too bad they didn’t make a GS wagon.)

      Burn: Infiniti. Aside from V37 goodness, nothing else to recommend it.

  • avatar
    John R

    Barring any option to buy a Stinger GT…

    Buy the Acura – probably will be one the last sedans to have half-decent residual.

    Drive the Infiniti – probably as close to a GT-R as anything in this class going to get.

    Burn the Buick – too much brand baggage

  • avatar
    cgjeep

    Drive the Buick because I really like them but would never actually buy one.

    Buy the Infinity. Best drive of the bunch and should hold up well reliablity wise. Though basing that on the old VQ motor not this one. Wished they kept the old motor. A friend had this car in a coupe as a rental and was surprisingly nice. He has a new A4 and was very impressed with the Infinity.

    Burn the Acura. Last generation Accord with prettier interior. Flaccid handling. But if I were buying any of these used 10 years from now it would be this one.

  • avatar
    arach

    None of these are luxury cars whatsoever?

    Maybe this is really just pointing out that there’s not a huge market for mid-tier brands.

  • avatar
    wabbate

    Buy the Buick
    Drive the Infinity
    Burn the Acura

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Burn the Buick

    Drive the Acura to confirm the Accord 2.0T is the better car

    Buy and modify the Q50 (coilovers, Quaife, Tesla style head unit, 20s, exhaust)

  • avatar
    SixspeedSi

    Why can the Buick be 43k while the others are 41? Anyways wow this is a flawed class, in which I don’t think I’d buy any with my real money. However..

    Buy – Infiniti. Most power, RWD based, very tuneable, doesn’t look like a weird hatchback that took some Viagra and now has “Sporty looks” Bad interior and outdated infotainment though.

    Drive – I would have to flip a coin to choose one. I guess the Buick, at least it’s transmission and infotainment is better than the Acura. Although, the Acura has a sophisticated awd system. If it had ventilated seats, I’d choose it over the Regal.

    Burn – Acura. Just pointless with the new Accord being so good.

  • avatar
    CincyDavid

    Yikes, what could possibly go wrong with an Opel-designed orphan-to-be, built by PSA and imported to the US?!?

    Burn the poor Buick
    Drive the Infiniti, at least it is vaguely sporty
    Buy the Acura, probably has the best depreciation, regardless of its merits, so you won’t get killed on it when you do sell it.

    I can’t imagine adding ANY of these nightmares to my fleet.

  • avatar
    TDIandThen....

    How come TTAC never posts or gives power:weight ratios? Seems it would clear a lot up for readers. Or torque : weight or $:torque. I’d take any of that but all three would be ideal I think – ?

    Opel: 310 horsepower from 4270 pounds weight = .07259
    Infinity: 300 : 3929 = .07636
    Acura: 290 : 3505 = .08274

    Which has the best steering setup and will cost less to operate to 100,000 miles / km?

    Answer: spend your money on something you actually enjoy. But of the above, I guess the best ratio assuming all operating costs are within 10% of one another and you don’t care otherwise.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Interesting stats.

      Another interesting stat would be how much of a gain do you get in the Buick going from say the turbo-4/AWD version to the V6/AWD version?

    • 0 avatar

      Generally, giving myself fewer things to research on articles which already take too much time for the payout is the best idea.

      • 0 avatar
        TDIandThen....

        Fair enough M. Lewis but, it’s actually a cheap article idea: do a very little maths and rate what’s the quickest cah, the best value cah, the torque-i-est cah, etc etc. You don’t have to make a single phone call, I found all the number-thingie-majigits on the interwebs.

        My 1989 Porsche 944t has about 240 hp from about 3000 pounts = 0.080…i.e. a lower ratio than the Acura. Which is the better car? Boom, you can philosophize all night. Hell, you have a sales-figures-obsessed staffer writing for the site already, easy peasy. Or, if you want real un-talent, I’d guest-write that up for you. I imagine there are a couple of analyses around already.

        Thanks for the reply btw, I wasn’t really seriously whining until you wrote back. :)

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    Keep the Buick, burn the other two.

  • avatar
    mjg82

    Buy the Buick, despite really wanting to spite them for withholding the Wagon from us north of the border. The hatch keeps it in the top spot.

    Drive the Infiniti

    Burn the Acura. Snoozefest brand.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Buy the Infiniti. I just bought something (somewhat) similar used after a long search (ten points to whoever guesses it right), and I’m here to report the Q50 is massively underrated. It’s more of a cruiser than a handler, but it’s slick-looking and the turbo 3.0 is a helluva motor. Even better – pick a good used example up with the 3.7.

    Drive the Acura…to the Honda dealership, where you pick up an Accord 2.0T Sport manual (and be prepared to pay for it – the thing’s rare).

    Burn the Buick, preferably in the presence of a mid-2000s LeSabre, which will laugh at the flames.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      How to justify the popularity (or lack!) of manuals: just don’t make them available! (And of course, there are dealers who won’t order a car even if you ask! Maybe trade cars with another dealer!)

    • 0 avatar
      gtem

      Q40?

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Negative, but those are a helluva deal if you can live with an old design.

        Look in your mirror for the brand. :)

        • 0 avatar
          gtem

          Audi A4?

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Close – ’15 A3.

            I always wanted a GTI…and now I have one, just with AWD and a bougie stereo. Terrific to drive.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            Well I will snob you for not going the longitudinal Quattro route…

            Am I doing the Euro-snob thing right yet? :P

            Congrats! I like the general size and form factor of the A3, if they really did still have them with the old school Quattro layout and a stick+AWD option, that would make my day, a direct successor to my quite compact sized B5.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I thought you were already in a GTI lease?

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Well, to be exact, 28, I’m in a Jetta lease. My daughter graduated from college, so she needs something a lot less cranky than my old LeSabre. She’s going to take over the payments on it. We’ll see if she wants it when the lease is up.

            @gtem:
            I did look at an A4, but the A3’s a lot more fun to drive. In the end, it was the A3 or a Q50, and the Q50 is expensive to run. That big V-6 is awesome, but Lord knows I’d be in the throttle with it 24/7, and that would have translated to 18-20 mpg on premium-only gas. I got mouths to feed, you know?

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Freed

            Congrats then on the A3.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Geez, everyone on TTAC getting Audis. Guess I should have shopped for that S6 after all.

      • 0 avatar
        Nick_515

        You should have ajla.

        FreedMike, congrats, I presume that this is the quattro powertrain, not that other Frontrak whatever they call it with less hp. Blue paint? Brown leather? More details please.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Flip a coin on buy vs drive for the Buick and the Infiniti.

    Burn the TLX – Acura is rudderless.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Ok I can not complain, we are in this century so lets play the game, with some bland choices.

    Buy The Buick, it should be the cheapest in the real world buy, it should have the most space inside with the lift back so that wins points and hell you will go far and wide until you see another would be my guess.
    Drive the Infinity, see if it is just under marketed/ wrongly marketed. I assume it will be screwed together well.

    Burn the TLX bc there is no reason to buy it based on it’s better stablemate in reality which is the Accord.

  • avatar
    CarNutChris

    I would buy the Buick, though I prefer the 2.0T TourX wagon model. I would burn the Infiniti and Acura. Neither interest me at all.

  • avatar
    saturnotaku

    Buy the Acura for reliability/resale, drive the Buick because it has hatchback versatility, burn the Infiniti because it’s not a G35/G37.

  • avatar
    beken

    Burn the Buick. The last Buick I had literally started falling apart the day I picked it up (factory ordered) from the dealership. I had so many problems with it that GM started blaming me for tampering with it.

    I have friends that have owned Infinitis. I love the drive and the engine sounds, but I know at least 2 owners that have had major electrical gremlins totally disable their cars. Credit to Infiniti for fixing them. One of them was to totally replace the ECUs and wiring harnesses.

    My brother owns an Acura RX. Great car. Drives well. Very reliable. Not really my taste in styling details, but still a great car. Buy the Acura.

  • avatar

    Unlike GM, Acura cars will survive. Does every major carmaker make better cars than GM. The answer is a big fat yes. I believe GM had a better car lineup during the bailout than they do now. I don’t know why anyone in the right mind would purchase a GM vehicle right now.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Buy: Buick, especially in that red. Curious about owning a German built thingamablobber.

    Drive: Acura. I’ve had 2 Accords (a 95 EX and an 03 LX coupe) and liked them a lot. Problem is I can’t keep up with the “name” changes.

    Burn: Infiniti. I don’t know enough about them to really care and the styling is gross.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    None of you have pointed out the KEY DIFFERENCE that makes one a standout over the others. The Acura alone has it: the fuel filler is on the driver’s side! That’s the winner!

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I just turned in yet another Q50 3.0t to Hertz this past week – they must have about 1/2 of them sold in the US. They are… OK. GREAT motor. Transmission no more annoying than other automatics. Handling is fine, ride is flinty as usual in a Japanese car. The interior – ugh. Wierdly narrow and confining, and the less said about the center stack the better. And it just reeks of cheap. But of these three, it’s the one I would probably drive.

    I’d buy the Regal – you KNOW you can get one for stupid cheap, and while I haven’t driven the latest I really liked the previous generation 2.0T – drove just like my Saab 9-3 (unsurprisingly). Burn the Honda with delusions of grandeur. Acuras have never, ever, ever, done a thing for me.

  • avatar
    RHD

    The Buick isn’t really a Buick, it’s a French Opel with a Buick badge, built in Germany. Maybe that is a good thing, maybe it isn’t. But the parts will probably be pricier than American built Buicks.
    The Infiniti is the best looking of the bunch, especially in blue, and that turbo engine is probably pretty sweet.
    The Acura is most likely the nicest to drive. In my experience, at least, Acuras (and Hondas, their nearly identical twins) have terrific ergonomics, a good balance of handling and comfort, and are practically bulletproof. If you had to put 200K on any of these three, the Acura would be in the best shape and would have had the least unscheduled maintenance. The Buick would probably already be at Pick-N-Pull.
    But I require a manual transmission, so the Acura would be for to my kid to drive to the University.

  • avatar
    cbrworm

    Interesting options. I think I would drive and/or buy the Infiniti. I’m not terribly fond of the Q50 3.0t SPORT, but it’s the only one of the bunch I would be interested in driving or owning – even in its base form, it can be silly fun – just don’t spend too much time thinking about the steering. I think my least favorite would be the Buick. I don’t know, they are all pretty unappealing, and they are probably all decent cars.

    Buy the Acura
    Drive the Infiniti
    Burn the Buick


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