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Intended to compete on a level playing field with German compact and mid-size sport sedans, as well as a variety of roughly comparable Japanese and American models, the Infiniti G37 Sedan matches smart appearance, bold performance and crisp responsive handling in four trim levels and offers both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Now equipped with the same 3.7-liter V6 found in the coupe, the G37 (formerly the G35) enhances its credentials as a true enthusiast vehicle, inside and out. Although domestics models, including the Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKZ, or Japanese counterparts, including the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350, are prime targets of opportunity, Infiniti is most intent on having the G37 sedan score biggest with folks who are also shopping the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Those who prefer a bit more emotional approach to a feature-rich entry-luxury sport sedan should find happiness with virtually any iteration of the Infiniti G37, but particularly one of the Sport-fortified variants.
Die-hard German-car fans will still find issues – real or imagined – with this high-intensity Asian alternative. For those with deeper pockets, sedans like an Audi RS4 or BMW 335i – although compact and not mid-size – offer thoroughly desirable packages with even higher horsepower thrills.
A larger and more powerful V6 engine prompts a change in both the G's name and attitude. Along with the bump in power, the G37 now features a seven-speed automatic transmission (a six-speed manual is still available on the Sport model), Scratch Shield self-healing clearcoat paint and newly designed 18-inch wheels.
Driving Impressions Derived from a long-wheelbase version of Nissan's latest FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, the G37 possesses sparkling performance credentials that only improve when fortified with the Sport Package goodies. Driven normally,...this scintillating sedan coddles, comforts and entertains. Drive it enthusiastically, and the G37 satisfies like few competitors can. Its lusty V6 pulls strongly on demand, whether backed by the seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. The finely-tuned suspension delivers impressively balanced ride and handling and the powerful anti-lock brakes stop with authority. An available 4-Wheel Active Steer Package for Journey or Sport 6MT models further enhances its already excellent transition moves, quickens response and subtly improves stability during cornering, while all variants benefit from a driver-selectable Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system that lets you explore an ample portion of the car's ultimate potential before the system swings into action. Those willing to forego a bit of at-the-limit edge for the all-season security of all-wheel drive should consider a G37x.
Power Front Seats
Amazingly comfortable and supportive, even the base G37's front seats boast eight-way power adjustment for the driver and four-way for the passenger, plus manually adjustable lumbar supports. All other models add eight-way power for the passenger while the Sport 6MT seats include power activation for the thigh, lumbar and side bolsters.
Available 4-Wheel Active Steer Package
Computer-controlled 4-Wheel Active Steer works in combination with a quicker, variable-ratio power steering unit. As speed increases, the system turns the rear wheels slightly in the same direction as the front wheels when the car is cornering or changing lanes, resulting in more stability at higher speeds.
Superbly-formed power front seats wrapped in leather and set off by aluminum accent trim textured to resemble traditional Japanese handmade paper add a unique flavor to the G37's cabin styling. Its cockpit-like ambiance may strike some as a bit busy, but the controls are logically arrayed and the flashy electroluminescent main gauges are quite legible. Not so much for the center stack – with or without optional navigation – where display legibility tends to come or go based upon the amount of reflecting sunlight. Rear passengers will find the G37 sedan's rear bench seat belted for three but contoured for two average-sized adults at best.Exterior
Well-tailored sheetmetal effectively complements the G37 sedan's sporting character, melding crisp lines and sensual contours into a tasteful yet visually distinctive styling statement. Complementing the basic shape are an eye-catching grille treatment with four sculpted bars that twist from center to edge like traditional Japanese sword blades, flush-fit L-shaped headlights and taillights that flow around the fenders front and rear and standard 225/55 V-rated tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. The top-line G37S Sport 6MT and G37x models have W-rated 225/50 front and 245/45 rear tires on 18-inch alloy rims.
Exceptionally well appointed, even the base G37 Sedan offers leather upholstery, a full range of power assists – including dual power front seats – steering wheel-mounted supplemental audio and cruise controls, Intelligent Key remote entry and push button start, six-speaker AM/FM/MP3-capable audio with six-disc changer and auxiliary input, automatic air conditioning and high-intensity discharge (HID) bi-xenon headlights. The Journey, G37x and G37S Sport 6MT bring greater power-seat adjustability and other detail upgrades. Standard safety features on all include front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, active front-seat head restraints, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with stability and traction control and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
The G37 offers multiple upgrade packages and several individual extras, although only for the Journey, G37x or G37 Sport 6MT models. Key groups include the Premium Package (moonroof, Bose audio system, power tilt and telescoping steering column, Bluetooth and more), Sport Package (sport steering wheel and seats, four-piston sport brakes, unique front fascia and side sills, 18-inch wheels and tires, limited-slip differential and magnesium paddle shifters with the automatic), Technology Package (Intelligent Cruise Control, adaptive front lighting and more) and the Navigation Package (voice-activation, real-time XM NavTraffic, RearView Monitor, Lane Guidance and a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive). Also available are 4-Wheel Active Steer, African Rosewood interior trim and a rear spoiler.
The G37's stellar V6 is the latest iteration of Nissan's renowned VQ35-series engine. This all-aluminum 3.7-liter is loaded with design elements that help reduce internal friction and increase total performance, including continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust valves. It delivers a stout 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, is matched with either a seven-speed automatic (G37, G37 Journey or G37x) or close-ratio six-speed manual transmission (G37S Sport 6MT) and returns slightly above-average fuel economy numbers. On a G37 fitted with the Sport Package, the automatic also features finger-friendly shifter paddles mounted on the steering column and ideally positioned for quick gear changes.
328 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
269 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 18/26 (automatic), 18/25 (AWD, automatic)
By Remix (NY) on Friday, December 06, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun and safe to drive and very stylish"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have this car for two weeks now and what a pleasure driving it and feeling that power while enjoying the beautiful style, sound. This is my first car of this level of performance and it met fully all mu expectations...It feels great driving and looking at it in my driveway..such a beautiful car...very stylish..."
By Bygblok (FL) on Thursday, December 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun, fast, comfortable and classy"
Cons: "radio/nav controls are a little busy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"we have an 08 G37s coupe and to date it's probably one of the finest cars we've owned. When compared to the C5 Corvette we have, it's just as quick, handles just as well(on the street or autocrossing) but it's MUCH more classy and refined. The leather is great and the paint is nearly flawless even with the pearl clear. The ONLY drawback to it is the audio/nav controls are hard to remember and fiddle with when you're on a long haul. Best thing to do is have your nav set and radio playing before you leave!! The only way we'll sell this is possibly to move up to an Audi A8"
By tom (CA) on Friday, November 22, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "driving dynamics and steering is best in a sedan"
Cons: "gas mileage, firm ride, sudden clutch takeup"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have a 2012 G37S 6MT for the last 2 years after owning a bmw335i(e90). This car was 10k cheaper and offers all the driving dynamics of the BMW, far better reliability, a little less engine, but the quick ratio sports model steering has better feel than even the BMW e90. the G37S also has limited slip differential and the quick ratio steering not on the other G37 models. Mileage has been about what its rated 17/25, which is a little low for this class. At the buy price(38k) it was a steal, best value out there in a RWD sports sedan. AWD version didn't handle or steer as well, not the same car. Reliability has been stellar, no issues at all, a great relief from my 335i. Manual shifter started out a bit notchy, but improved considerably with miles/use, now its very good. the sudden clutch takeup could be an issue for some people, especially stopped on hills, but I have gotten used to it. Power is excellent, cant imagine needing more. Seats are very good, but not as good as my BMW seats on long drives. The ride of the sport version is firm, but this is a compromise to that great steering feel. the exhaust note is great, its the same for coupe and sedan now, a nice throaty sound that makes you want to roll the windows down. If you want a luxury car, a lexus or BMW or audi might suit better, but if you want a sports car with 4 doors, this is the car. This car prefers 93 octane, engine runs smoother and quieter, but 91 is OK. Do not use 89 or lower... My recommendations here are for a true sports sedan. Today(2014) cars are being built with softer suspensions and numb electric steering, all of them, BMW's, infiniti Q50, audis, lexus, merc, all of them are soft and somewhat numb steering. If you want the last great hydraulic steering rack in a sedan that car and driver magazine calls "porschelike" in steering feel, this is it. And yes the G37S, not the G37x or base G37 has the great steering."
By Jay (NY) on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast powerful with great exhaust, BOSE system good"
Cons: "Lack of comfort/convenience, bad interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"I have owned this car for the last 2 years (2012 G37x Coupe) and I will give a little disclaimer because my standards might be higher than the average car buyer. I am somewhat of a car snob and I am picky. That being said, I do like this car, but if you asked me if I loved it I would have to say NO. I dont feel any connection with this car. Im not sure why. I felt a better connection with my 07 jeep commander, my 08 lexus es350 and my 09 audi a4. This car is a minor step up from all of those I would say, and yet the bond just isnt there after 2 years of almost every day driving. Performance wise this car is pretty good, very quick, very powerful, the exhaust has a VERY good sound (which is exclusive to the coupe). You will not get tired of hearing this exhaust. The note is aggressive and very unique to infiniti. The engine really loves to scream when you floor it on open road. The horsepower on this car is great (330hp) but the torque is a little lacking (less than 300 lb-ft). The all wheel drive is just OK. Not nearly as good as audi's quattro but it will still get you to work in the snow without sliding all over the road. The handling is okay. The cars steering could be more responsive and tight but its acceptable. Definitely doesnt have the same connection to the road as a bmw or audi. I think if you put expensive performance tires on this car that issue could be improved. The bose sound system included in the premium package is amazing. Very high quality audio and extremely good bass. This thing knocks. That is probably my favorite part of the interior. Unfortunately the system its hooked up to isnt good and neither is the rest of the interior. The interface is annoying to use and unless you sit extremely close to the steering wheel you will have to extend your arm out to adjust anything from the song to the navigation. I dont know why they put all the controls so far away from where the driver would naturally have their available right hand. It makes it a chore to use. I hate it. It makes the car not feel luxurious like it should. The seats are just okay. Long trips expose their lack of support. They look more comfortable than they are and they dont have a far range of adjustment. Not many ways to move the seats. The back seats in the coupe are almost useless but that is expected and my fault for getting the coupe, but I just think the sedan so hideous that I couldnt bear the sight of it. The coupe is definitely the better of the two especially since the sedan doesnt get that same sweet exhaust note which is one of the only good things on this car. The steering wheel itself is also nice with good feel size and shape, but like I said its connected to just satisfactory steering. The lack of convenience inside the car is really bothersome. Barely any storage in this car. The trunk space is fair. However the middle console is small, the glove box is very small, the side pockets on the doors are small, barely hold anything, the cup holders are small and annoying to use thanks to this annoying plastic flap meant to keep the drinks in place. The more time you spend inside this car you will really start to notice how cheaply made and inconvenient the set up is. The performance of the car barely makes up for the negatives. Reliability wise I must say in two years with all on time maintenance this car has given me zero problems. No complaints mechanically whatsoever and that's very important. GAS MILEAGE is Not very good at all. For the size of this car and the fact that its a v6 (albeit a big v6) the gas mileage is just not great. I cannot get this car above 17.5 mpg with combined city/highway driving. The only times its went above 20 is on open highway NO traffic for extended periods of driving. For a car this size and considering there's barely any room for me to move inside (im 6ft 230lbs) with basically zero space inside to fit anything but one small passenger, 17.5 mpg is just okay. I guess thats the price you pay for that exhaust note and raw power. But you can get the same if not better gas mileage from a v8 engine with a much bigger body and with a lot more luxury. Needless to say the fact that the Audi A8L (4.2L v8) gets better gas mileage than the g37x just shows how inefficient this engine is. The A8 which is probably going to be my next car and is much bigger better and faster and has pretty much every advantage to this car. Having this sporty small car made realize that although it can be fun its just not for me. Another positive is the headlights are quite good. But be careful not to crack one into anything cause a new headlight for this car will run you $1400, and that's for one headlight. Hope this helped."
1 person out of 4 found this review helpful
By Steve (TX) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,777overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price and fun to drive"
Cons: "Interior door handle area scratches"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have loved my G35 since the day I first test drove it (also the day I bought it). I tried to drive the Lexus IS350 but it seemed too small for me interior-wise. This has good power, good fuel economy (if you drive conservatively), good lucks, and good comfort. If you take nostalgia out of the equation for the first car I ever bought, this is definitely my favorite car I have ever owned."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By jack (MA) on Saturday, October 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Style and looks."
Cons: "small cup holders. Back seat is very small/"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Car is beautiful looking, especially with the convertible down. Drives nicely but seems to have a hesitation prior to excellerating to a top speed. Disappointed w/ the mileage per gallon. Expected better. When traveling with more than 2 people, seat area is very tight. Interior is beautiful. No trunk space available when the convertible is in the down position and overall trunk space is exceptionally small. But, car give an overall decent ride."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful