I'm looking at buying a new to me commuter car. My last one was an '05 Infiniti G35x that I ran into the ground and for the last year I've been wearing out my truck and burning a lot of dinosaur bones. I drive roughly 30-35,000 miles a year and want a car that isn't quite as expensive on maintenance and gas as the G35 was, yet is still fun to drive and not dog slow. I posted a tourists dash cam video of part of my daily commute. I live in a canyon that is a fun drive and tourists feel the need to film their drive on a daily basis so a 'rolla or other ecoshizbox is just not gonna cut it for me.
I've narrowed down my choices to the TSX or Civic Si due to A) Low maintenance costs B) Fuel Economy C) can be had in manual and D) decent handling for a commuter type car. I thought about buying a salvage title C5 Z06 for $13K but the low ground clearance might get annoying especially on my steep dirt driveway. I already have a motorcycle for when I feel the need for speed.
Who's driven/owned both cars? What's TCL's choice?