Remember when Jalopnik had the Used Car Face-Off? It seems that it was a feature done by Zac Estrada and has since stopped in the end of 2013. Well, today I decided to revive it to compare three Japanese luxobarges in our area. I have no intention of buying any since my little Swede wagon comes in on Tuesday, so this is just for posterity’s sake: each one is below $6K, has around 155K miles, and is between 1995-2002.

The first contestant: 1999 Infiniti Q45 - $4300

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I have always loved this generation of Q45 and this example looks to be super clean, and I love the plate...

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The second contestant: 2000 Acura RL - $5800

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A glorified Accord, albeit a very nice and stately glorified Accord...

The third contestant: 1996 Lexus LS400 - $4999

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This car was the epitome of Japanese luxury since 1989 when it came out and uprooted the German competition...

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So, which reliable land-barge is your pick? (I choose the Q45)