My time living in Southern California is over. I am back in Maine for now and applying mostly to jobs in the Northeast and plan on starting a career here.
Unfortunately, it does not make much sense to own and drive an Infiniti G37 coupe up here for half of the year. If 6 inches or more of snow fall I'm basically screwed and I get pretty nervous driving in heavy sleet with my current car and could really use something larger with AWD. Also, I have really taken a liking to sitting up higher while driving as opposed to the Infiniti that feels just inches off the ground.
I've had my heart set for a while now on a crossover or small-mid size SUV. I plan on trading in the G37 and getting a vehicle that makes more sense to drive in this region all year round. Recently I have been looking into used Mercedes GLKs and the M class, BMW X3/5, Infiniti FX, Audi Q5, or Acura MDX. I really loved the 330hp of the G37 and would like something that still performs well and is fun to drive. I believe any of the SUVs I listed would fit that criteria. In any case, I'd need the car to be used, preferably 09' or newer and I am willing to purchase it with 40,000 miles or under.
Another reason for an SUV aside from its ability to handle rough winters and provide AWD is that is likely the vehicle that I'd have while starting a family and extra room is always nice for that.