My tactical car
It’s black and has a lot of aluminum. But if it came in Flat Dark Earth, I’d have gotten one. And it needs rails
I finally got tired of Google taunting me. And, based on the two car blegs, I made a choice. Last week, I picked up my Infiniti G37 (the Journey with the premium package, in black obsidian with the graphite/aluminum interior). I picked it up at Harper Infiniti. The salesman was Pat Barker. I highly recommend Harper and Pat. There was no high pressure sales drama. And I always got a good feeling dealing with them. I never got the stereotypical car salesman vibe from anyone there. The whole deal (except the test drive) was negotiated via email, text, and phone. I literally walked in, spent ten minutes signing paper and writing a check. No extended warranty or other sales pitch that we know I hate. Pat then spent about 30 minutes going over the car in detail and programming my phone. That’s how car buying should be. In and out. Highly recommended.
Short review: I fucking love this car. But, a bit more specifics:
At 328 horsepower, there’s very few other cars it can’t outrun. And getting about 27 mpg, it doesn’t quite set the hippies in motion to yammer on about my evil gas guzzling ways. I’m getting about 22mpg because I’ve been having some fun. I’m sure I’ll get over the lead footing it when the new wears off.
Interior is spacious and comfortable.
Having driven a truck for so long (a truck I still have), I’m still getting used to being so low to the ground. Had to actually get out of the car to make a bank deposit.
The ride is smooth and this car can really move when it needs to. The rear seats are adequate for hauling the kids. And the rear doors open to almost a full 90 degrees, which makes getting the kids in and out a breeze. Unlike my truck, the kids can reach the car seat buckles and strap themselves in.
The Bose sound system is excellent. And it has a cable to connect an iPod built into the console. The iPod menus will display on the car’s information screen. I finally broke down and bought an iPod.
The Bluetooth phone connectivity is easy to set up and works great.
I love having a trunk again.
The Intelligent key is pretty sharp but took some getting used to.
The wife likes that it has separate climate controls for the driver and passenger.
A few cons:
It’s MP3 player connectivity is only for iPod. I’d rather just stick with using my Droid. But I’ll get over it. And I broke down and bought an iPod.
The console is small and short on space. And the car lacks what my kids would call hidey holes. No real convenient places to put your stuff that you keep in the car, except the glove box and a small console. In short, it doesn’t have a convenient place to keep a full sized handgun. Not a big deal, really. But my truck has all sorts of places to put my stuff.
Related to that is that it comes with an ash tray. Kinda surprised cars come with those by default these days. I’m wondering if I can remove it and turn that into a little storage space.