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2009 Infiniti G

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2009 Infiniti G Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2009

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 the G

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.

2009 Infiniti G Details
2009 Infiniti G photo Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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).

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood


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.

3.7-liter V6
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)

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2009 Infiniti G Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 307 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Best car ever.

By on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price and handles great."

Cons: "None, completely satisfied."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car going on 6 years and I am very satisfied with it. It is a beautiful car and handles great. It has plenty of horse power, the transmission shifts perfect and the interior is amazing. I am always getting compliments on what a great looking car I own and I must say I do agree with them. I will probably keep this car for a few more years, since I only have 41,500 miles on it. Now that I am retired I am sure I will be driving it more."

Better cars out there for the money

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Power, appearance, handling"

Cons: "Not engaging to drive, auto trans, fuel economy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Purchase a used 2013 g37x coupe with 7k miles in June 2014. So far, dealer has replaced warped valve cover and leaking gasket, radiator hoses, and entire headlight assembly. Repaired under warranty thankfully, otherwise I would have been out of pocket $2400 ($1600 for headlight). Very odd repairs for a 2 year old "premium" luxury vehicle with only 12000 miles. PROS: -Car has WAY more than enough power. Zero complaints in this department. Fantastic engine. Cool exhaust note. -Beautiful, solid well-built car inside and out. -Excellent Bose stereo and Bluetooth integration. -Great backup camera with sonar sensors. -Decent handling and flat cornering for a heavy vehicle. -Snow and ice are a non-issue with the AWD option. Almost impossible to get stuck with 330hp and AWD, unless snow is deeper than 5-6 inches. -Engine uses conventional oil,so cheap oil changes (but more frequent...) -Wonderful dealer experience. CONS: -With great power comes horrible fuel economy. Driving very conservatively, I normally see 14-16mpg at best with 70% around town commuting. 22ish mpg on a 90% highway vacation trip. Premium gas only too. On board MPG computer is about 10% optimistic. - Avoid the 7-speed auto, as it is atrocious. Under light to normal acceleration, transmission will rev 1st gear to 3000-3200rpm before shifting to 2nd. Annoying and unnecessary. It is consistently either in too high or too low a gear. Sport mode helps slightly. However, Sport mode will downshift 2 gears if sensors detect heavy braking or cornering, which is a little unsettling if your are not expecting it. -Seats, too firm for my taste. More than an hour or so and they get uncomfortable. -Very unintuitive HVAC interface. Instead being able to individually select vent positions (like most vehicles), you must push the Mode button to cycle through the possible combinations. When cycling past the defrost mode, the AC turns on and needs to be manually turned off. Makes no sense and feels like a cheap afterthought. -Navigation/information interface is dated. -Window switches are mounted low on door, which sometimes makes for lots of fumbling to find them. -Expensive repairs. -Not much steering feel for a sporty car. -Not very fun to drive, unless under hard acceleration. Not worth $48-50k brand new. Not even close! I paid $32k used with low miles, and that is an OK value. I think you are paying mostly for that sweet engine and the Infiniti badge. Most cars now are packing all the same features for half the price."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive!"

Cons: "A little low to the ground..hey its a sports car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this vehicle for almost 6 years and have had no issues with it. The warranty on an Infiniti is amazing as well! Great gas mileage, very sporty and quick. Handles nicely! I would highly recommend an Infiniti to anyone!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Luv this car

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,700

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"2nd Infiniti for me. What sold me was how tight the car remains after 99,000 miles. A few minor issues. Tmps needed replacement."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Have had problem after problem with convertible

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "Repairs expensive and top repairs were multiple"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Have spent 7,000+ on convertable top, including new motor for top, new module for trunk locking mechanism and leaks."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best bang for the buck in luxury sport segment.

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, reliability, power, handling"

Cons: "Mileage, clear coat too thin"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I regularly drive two of these cars, 6MT S coupe is mine and my wife has AWD auto sedan. The cars are very solid, extremely reliable, engines are bulletproof and will run into 300,000k and more. The value of what you get for the money cannot be beat but they do have some minor issues. 6MT is a little on the rough side as far as manuals go, especially 1st to 2nd but you get used to it. 5AT and 7AT need their software updated at the dealer as early versions seem to shift a little too much. I don't like OEM tires and brake pads, there's much better ones available for less $. Some interior panels will peel or scratch but they are very cheap to replace, I bought steering wheel bezel that started to peel for $17 and paid $50 to put it in. That was literally all of the issues with the car. 6MT will need new clutch around 80k or up to 120k if you are not a newb. I reccomend replacing stock bushings with polyurethane although it's not necessary and might cost around $500. Bottom line, if you want a reliable car that will run forever and has good power and handling and don't mind around 20mpg on average, this is the best car in that category. Or you can get a BMW and become a frequent visitor to the dealer while paying $$$$$$ for new parts on a monthly basis, it's up to you."

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