If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know I need help choosing my next car. Right now, my choices are as follows:

2016 Lexus RC 200t (CPO)

First off, this moving gauge cluster is just delightful and pretty much makes up for my issue with the center clock.

Pros:

  • Heated AND Ventilated Seats (I feel like I can’t emphasize this enough)
  • Neat gauge cluster
  • Factory warranty still good until 2022
  • Cheaper than the BMW ($28,988 vs $31,981)
  • Dealer is part of my bank’s authorized dealer network.
  • Decent color and sweet wheels
  • Nondescriptish means I don’t stand out

Cons:

  • Center analog clock
  • Mileage (~37,000) is higher than that of the BMW
  • B/C-pillar blindspot is pretty large, but it does come with blindspot detection
  • Trunk space looked smaller than that of the BMW
  • The autodimming side and rearview mirrors had a weird yellowish tinge to their reflected images; not sure if it was because that’s how it normally is during a bright sunny day, but it was definitely odd.
  • Nondescript means I don’t stand out 

Thoughts: Feels more snug than the bimmer, got more of a roadster vibe than the Bimmer during the test drive even if it slightly longer and weigh about the same.

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2016 BMW 435i (non CPO)

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Pros:

  • ~14,000 miles!
  • MORE POWAH! I swear I’m not compensating for anything...
  • The “top view” camera is pretty useful
  • Tinted windows keeps out those unwanted photons
  • Better visibility; B/C Pillar blindspot is noticeably smaller than that of the Lexus
  • More interior room? I felt like it was more spacious in the Bimmer than the Lexus. Not sure why, but it is appreciated.
  • Murdered out visual aesthetics with M badging shows how cool I am

Cons:

  • Factory warranty expires 2020
  • Black on Black gets toasty in the sun
  • No ventilated seats
  • More expensive ($31,981 vs $28,988)
  • Non CPO; probably related to the damage reported to the rear of the car
  • Murdered out visual aesthetics with M badging shows how much of a badge whore I am

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So there’s my main pros and cons list for both cars. I still need to see what sort of rates I can get from the dealers along with the price of extended warranties, which I’ll try to obtain and update this post tomorrow.

I would like your thoughts because none of my immediate family and friends are at all interested in cars and I regard your shitposts wisdom with the utmost respect.

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Which would you personally buy as a daily driver for a commute of 40-80 miles in terrible traffic and empty highways?