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