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2012 Infiniti G

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2012 Infiniti G Review

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For 2012, the Infiniti G series continues its tradition of captivating car buyers looking to get what they pay for in entry-level luxury, and then some. The 2012 G offers sedan, coupe, and convertible variants, plus rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and the choice of an efficient 2.5-liter or powerful 3.7-liter V6. The 2012 Infiniti G models have proven once again that they can not only run with the best in their class, they can do so at a lower cost to you.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are searching for an entry-level luxury vehicle that delivers thrilling performance and a big bang for your buck, the 2012 Infiniti G series is worth a closer look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2012 Infiniti G is a terrific all-around performer, but if we had to nitpick, notable grievances would include the V6 engine's excessive thirst for fuel and the coupe/convertible's meager rear seat headroom. Additionally, if you obsess over "communicative steering feel," the BMW 3 Series deserves consideration.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Infiniti G sedan offers a new Malbec Black exterior color. The G37 sedan also receives various updates to its Limited and Sport Appearance editions, including a new graphite interior color, 18-inch alloy wheels and Black Obsidian exterior color for the Limited Edition and a new black grille for the Sport Appearance Edition.

Driving the G

Driving Impressions Every Infiniti G possesses dynamic performance credentials that only improve when coupled with the G37 Sport Package. Under normal driving conditions, the G pampers its occupants with an array of...

high-tech goodies and a comfortable ride. Drive it enthusiastically, and the G satisfies like few competitors can. The G37's tenacious 3.7-liter V6 pulls strongly on demand, whether mated to the 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. If you find the Sport Package-equipped G37 not sporty enough, Infiniti offers a high-performance variant - the IPL – with more power, revised suspension, and larger brakes. All G models benefit from a driver-selectable Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system that allows you to explore a generous portion of the vehicle's potential before the system intervenes. If you live in a frosty climate, or prefer a little extra traction during spirited driving, we suggest you opt for the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

7-inch LCD Information Screen
The 7-inch touch-screen display found in every Infiniti G features an intuitive, visually appealing interface and serves as the control center for options such as iPod integration, a hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic and weather info, backup camera, 9.3-gigabyte music hard drive, and a CompactFlash card reader for music.

Intelligent Cruise Control
As a G37 option, Infiniti's Intelligent Cruise Control system helps maintain a pre-set distance from the vehicle traveling ahead of you. When a vehicle violates the driver's pre-set parameters, Intelligent Cruise Control will renew the predetermined distance by automatically reducing the vehicle's speed.

2012 Infiniti G Details
Interior

The 2012 Infiniti G's interior is exceptional both in design and in the quality of materials used. The luxurious cabin is marked by supple leather-trimmed seating surfaces and elegant Shodo aluminum trim inspired by a form of Japanese calligraphy. The form-fitting standard driver's seat features 8-way power adjustability, while sport models offer increased support with power-adjustable bolsters and a thigh extension function. Adding to the Infiniti G's contemporary architecture is a sharp 7-inch, full-color display. Outward visibility is commendable on the G sedan, however, the coupe and convertible possess high hood line and bulky C-pillars that lightly compromise visibility.

Exterior

Every iteration of the Infiniti G series comes wrapped in a well-tailored suit of sleek sheetmetal combined with subtle chrome accents and Infiniti's signature 4-bar grille design. When night falls, standard bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights provide an upscale, modern look. Both the 2012 Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible offer available 19-inch wheels, while the coupe offers an exclusive high-performance IPL edition featuring aggressive front and rear styling, side sills and rear spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Well-appointed from the start, the Infiniti G series includes leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Infiniti's Intelligent Key "keyless" entry system - the key never needs to leave your pocket or purse – with push-button start, a 6-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack for MP3 players, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power driver's seat with a 4-way power passenger's seat and bi-xenon headlights.

Optional Equipment

To keep the 2012 G25 sedan a value-based proposition, Infiniti offers only a few options such as a sunroof and splash guards. All G37 models offer an extensive list of optional goodies, including a Bose premium audio system, sonar proximity warning system for those tricky parking spots, hard drive navigation system with 3D building graphics and advanced voice recognition, adaptive cruise control system to help alleviate the frustration associated with highway traffic, sport-tuned suspension, supremely comfortable 12-way power driver's seat and warm maple interior trim.

Under the Hood

The G25 sedan is fitted with a 2.5-liter V6 engine and 7-speed automatic transmission. The G37's robust 3.7-liter V6 is the latest iteration of Nissan's renowned VQ35-series engine. This all-aluminum engine is loaded with design elements that help reduce internal friction and increase overall performance. Matched with either a 7-speed automatic or close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, the G37 returns slightly-above-average EPA fuel economy numbers for the class. Revised engine software and a new free-flowing exhaust system enable the IPL coupe to squeeze an extra seven lb-ft of torque and 18 horsepower out of the already impressive 3.7-liter V6.

2.5-liter V6
218 horsepower @ 6,400
187 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/29 mpg (RWD), 19/27 mpg (AWD)

3.7-liter V6
(Sedan - 328 horsepower) (Coupe/Convertible - 330 horsepower) (IPL Coupe - 348 horsepower) @ 7,000 rpm
(Sedan - 269 lb-ft of torque) (Coupe/Convertible - 270 lb-ft of torque) (IPL Coupe - 276 lb-ft of torque) @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (manual), 19/27 mpg (automatic), 18/25 mpg (AWD, automatic)

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2012 Infiniti G Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 309 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
    9.3/10

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."

6 people out of 11 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."

3 people out of 6 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."

10 people out of 11 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!"

6 people out of 7 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."

12 people out of 17 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."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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