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2011 Infiniti G

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2011 Infiniti G Review

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Infiniti's G Sedan was the first Japanese luxury car that could truly compete with the best European compact and mid-size luxury performance sedans. This statement still holds true today, which is why the 2011 Infiniti G37 sedan remains one of our favorite four-door rides. The G37's combination of performance (it's powered by the same engine found in the Nissan 370Z sport coupe), luxury and price give it a leg up on models such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, as well as domestics such as the Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKZ. Toss in the G37's impressive safety, reliability and resale value, and it's hard to make an argument against Infiniti's sales leader.

You'll Like This Car If...

Those who don't think you should have to sacrifice a comfortable ride or creature comforts in order to enjoy exhilarating performance and handling will be quite happy behind the wheel of a G Sedan.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Whether real or imagined, loyal European sedan zealots will somehow find issues with the way the G37 and G25 perform. Those willing to give up rear-seat legroom and a lot more of their hard-earned cash may find more to like in an Audi RS4 or BMW M3.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, Infiniti adds a new, lower-priced G25 to the lineup. The G25 is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine developing 218 horsepower and features a seven-speed automatic transmission. Offered in three trims, the addition of the G25 model to the exiting G37 lineup makes for a total of eight trims from which to choose.

Driving the G

Driving Impressions Derived from a long-wheelbase version of Nissan's latest FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, the G37 possesses dynamic performance credentials that only improve when coupled with the G37 Sport Package. Under normal...

driving conditions, the G37 sedan pampers its occupants with a host of electronic goodies and a smooth ride that is never harsh or jarring. Drive it enthusiastically, and the G37 satisfies like few competitors can. Its tenacious 3.7-liter V6 pulls strongly on demand, whether backed by the seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. 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. On a G37 fitted with the Sport Package, the automatic also features steering column-mounted shift paddles that are ideally positioned for quick gear changes.

Power front seats
Amazingly comfortable and supportive, even the base G37's front seats boast eight-way power adjustment for the driver and passenger, plus manually-adjustable lumbar supports. The Sport 6MT seats include power activation for the thigh, lumbar and side bolsters.

Hard Drive Navigation
This all-in-one information center not only offers voice-activated navigation, it includes satellite radio-linked traffic and weather updates, Zagat restaurant guide, streaming Bluetooth for audio, 9.3-gigabyte music box storage and DVD playback capability.

2011 Infiniti G Details
Interior

The 2011 G37's interior is wrapped in soft leather and warm wood, pampering every sense in a cocoon of luxury and elegance. Supremely comfortable form-fitting leather-clad front seats are a welcome addition, as is the available aluminum trim textured to resemble handmade Japanese paper. While some might find the G37's cockpit somewhat busy, the soothing white on black gauges and large, easily identifiable controls are logically arranged and are within clear view. The one area of exception might be the center stack that, with or without navigation, is sometimes susceptible to varying degrees of sunlight.

Exterior

The 2011 Infiniti G37 and G25 Sedans are wrapped in a well-tailored suit of sleek sheetmetal, adorned with just the right amount of chrome trim and subtle body extensions as to avoid looking over-styled. Infiniti's distinctive grille is comprised of four sculpted bars that twist from center to edge mimicking an ancient Japanese sword blade. The front end treatment is finished off with a set of large L-shaped headlamps and lower fog lights, while the rear displays oversized tail lights that follow the flowing contours of the car's rear fenders. G25 and G37 trims ride on stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, while 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 2011 G Sedan offers leather upholstery, a full range of power assists – including an eight-way power driver's and four-way power passenger seat - steering-wheel-mounted supplemental audio and cruise controls, Intelligent Key remote entry and push-button start, six-speaker AM/FM/MP3-capable audio with auxiliary input, automatic air conditioning and high-intensity-discharge (HID) bi-xenon headlights. The Journey, x and G37S Sport 6MT bring Infiniti's RearView Monitor, eight-way power passenger seat, Bluetooth hand-free phone connectivity, heated outside mirrors, a USB connection port 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 2011 Infiniti G25 has only a few options such as a power sunroof and rear decklid spoiler. 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 and more); Sport Package (sport 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, rain-sensing wipers and more); and the Navigation Package (voice-activation, real-time XM NavTraffic, Lane Guidance and a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive). Also available are Maple accent interior trim and a rear spoiler.

Under the Hood

The G25 is fitted with a 2.5-liter V6 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. 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.

2.5-liter V6
218 horsepower @ 6400
187 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 (RWD), 19/27 (AWD)

3.7-liter V6
328 horsepower @ 7000 rpm
269 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 (manual), 19/27 (automatic), 18/25 (AWD, automatic)

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2011 Infiniti G Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 310 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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

My Beauty never gets driven enough.

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Wide tires slide if you excelerate to fast in rain"

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

Cool Infiniti

"Color Amethyst Grafite - Turns on a dime- excellerates so fast it pushes you back in your seat. Leather (Black) Leather - no rips or tears, beautiful dashboard, all computers all working fine, Bose sound system (factory installed), G-37 coupe, dual temp control, heated seats, keyless entry, lock, trunk. Auto lights, back up camera (perfect), has both leather bound instruction books. programable garage doors (2), programable seats (height, position,and placement). I either sell it now or keep it forever -it's that nice. heads turn."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Cool Infiniti

Some cars are good, this one is good & fun

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, and fast with great brakes!"

Cons: "It does burn some fuel."

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

"This is a very good car! Fun to drive, reliable and very fast! The only thing I've done is change a battery at 5 years and a new set of Michelins. I also changed to synthetic oil when I purchased it. If it has a draw-back it would be that it burns a little fuel. I gets about 26 mpg on the highway at about 70 mph and 16 mpg in town. I drive 8000 miles a year, so no problem."

20 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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."

10 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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."

13 people out of 19 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!"

8 people out of 11 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."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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