The RX8 — Mrs. Big Picture’s daily driver — went back off lease this week. In addition to being a well handling, balanced, 6 speed with a 9,000 RPM redline, it also had a nicely integrated GPS.
We’ve narrowed down the replacements to three choices: The Acura TL (great interior, but essentially a purtyified Honda Accord — with no stick), a Chrysler 300 Hemi (Gorgeous exterior, lousy interior quality, also no stick) , and (1st preference), a BMW 330i 6 speed (the non-track car at Skip Barber Lime Rock, which does everything very, very well).
None of the packages we like have GPS. In each case, an absurd set of option packages (about $4-6,000) needs to be bought — that then gives you the privilege of overpaying another $2000 or so for the GPS. These combinations of options turn each of the cars from a not-cheap-but-reasonable-for-what-they-are into a ridiculously over-priced set of wheels.
I’ve been leaning towards the Garmin Nuvi 360.
Anybody have thoughts, suggestions or alternatives?