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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.
Favorite Features

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 257 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Great Fun Car and Reliable

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,640

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
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun car, and still not as expensive as Lexus & BMW"

Cons: "Not for practical for more than two people."

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

"We first leased this vehicle when it was new. My wife continues to get complements on the car style and appearance. We have had absolutely no need to take it in for repair. The car handles extremely well with the OEM tires, which are a W speed rating and are still not down to the wear indicators. Will need to replace before winter. The car is very comfortable for two people, but I would not recommend it for long trips if somebody had to sit in the back. Like all sport coups, the back seat passengers suffer. All controls, including center console are within easy reach of the driver, no leaning required to change radio settings, etc. Hey we bought the car at end of lease, so this should be an indication of how well we like it."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Car is extremely reliable. No major issues

By on Friday, March 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, handles well and is fast!"

Cons: "Not enough door storage space."

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

"The vehicle has approx. 43000 miles and still have the the original tires. Just replaced the rear brakes. Change the oil and filter every 4K miles. The only problem to date was that I had to replace the cable assembly for the heated seats. The driver side leather seat is now showing some wear, otherwise no other issues."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

G37S 4-DR Z

By on Sunday, February 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "4 DR Z with room for family"

Cons: "Quirky 7AT"

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

"Good handling and power. Mid size room for four but can squeeze 3 in the back. Have the Sport model with 7AT. Good sports sedan, just 7AT is quirky in downshifting and upshifts to top gears too quickly."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Saturday, February 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great drive and a great ride"

Cons: "The steering wheel is not heated."

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

"I love my car. I love the way it handles. I love the way my music sounds. I love the comfort. I love the get up it has. I love everything about it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

best convertible I ever owned

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,500

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun car to drive"

Cons: "Needs better lighting in trunk."

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

"100% optioned from factory, one off Bassani after market exhaust, Stillen long neck cold air intake and Drive Train remapped, Clear vinyl on front end, mud flaps and rocker panel sills. Accent lighting, illuminated door sill plates. One owner and I have MRSP Sticker and all records."

2 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Dis-satisfied. Feels like its a poorer quality.

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Pleanty of horsepower."

Cons: "Quality issues and poor resale value."

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

"This car listed for close to $43K and it's resale value, after less than two years, is half that. What does that say to the buying public? I had a list of shortcomings that I took to the dealer (brakes noisy, transmission not shifting smoothly, HVAC not maintaining temp correctly, external temp reading off, etc.) and not one of them could be corrected. They told me that was inherent in the car's design. So I'm really disappointed in this Infiniti. When trying to trade it in elsewhere, and discovering that the value the car was way below the loan balance, I was stunned. The latest is that the rear brakes and all tires are needing to be replaced and it only has just over 20K miles on it. Not happy at all!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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