Ask AutoGuide No. 41
Ask AutoGuide is our community outreach program. Drivers in need of car-buying assistance call on us and we respond with a helping hand, a kind word or a stern warning; if they’re lost we can provide a map and some direction. Usually we recommend sensible sedans, handy hatchbacks or miserly mini-models, but this week we get to have a little fun.
All work and no play makes Chris a very dull boy. He’s an enthusiast that’s looking for a little fun. Sure, he could take the bus downtown and visit any gentlemen’s club of his choosing, but a new automobile is probably cheaper than partially financing the college education of a dancer named Avalon. Plus, who wants to walk around with a fat wad of George Washingtons in their pocket? Paying with a cashier’s check is much easier.
Residing on America’s East Coast, decent all-weather traction is somewhat important to him but he’s still wide open to rear-wheel drive (winter tires FTW). Additionally, a backup camera and navigation system would be nice but rims that span at least 18 inches are a must. Finally, the transmission is a deal-breaker as well; he cannot live without a manual gearbox and we salute him for that. If we had 21 guns they’d all be pointed to the sky and fired simultaneously.
Giving this week’s installment of Ask AutoGuide a sense of multiculturalism, Chris is totally impartial when it comes to brand and it seems he isn’t too concerned about body style, either. Corresponding via e-mail he brought up several Lexus IS models as possible options but unfortunately none of them can be had with a manual, so scratch that. In any event, here are a few recommendations.