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2013 Infiniti G

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2013 Infiniti G Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Note this revealing fact: Infiniti offers a genuine, stir-your-own 6-speed manual gearbox on every G37 body style. Performance with refinement is the message here and for 2013 the Infiniti G37 series continues to captivate hearts and minds with stylish good looks, modern technology and exceptional road manners. And, obviously, we aren't the only ones noticing: The G37 family is Infiniti's best-selling line. And it's a diverse line, with sedan, coupe and convertible body styles, rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) and two IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) limited-production specials. The G37s get categorized as "near-luxury," but that feels unfair somehow. These cars are all there.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want an entry-level luxury vehicle that delivers thrilling performance, handsome styling and lots of bang for your buck, the 2013 Infiniti G37 series is worth a close look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2013 Infiniti G37 is a terrific all-around performer, but if we had to nitpick, grievances would include the V6 engine's 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.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.7
  • 8.3
  • 7.1
  • 7.7
  • 7.4
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#32

out of 35

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 35

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.2 out of 10
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2013 Infiniti G Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The cars themselves get few changes but the lineup is rationalized for 2013. The 4-cylinder G25 Sedan and base model Coupe go away. Both sedan and coupe lines offer the same Journey, AWD (G37x) and Sport 6MT packages. The lusty IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) Coupe gets a Convertible stablemate.

Driving the G
2013 Infiniti G Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Every Infiniti G37 pampers its occupants with a comfortable ride, a strong sense of refinement and an array of high-tech goodies. But drive enthusiastically and the sportiest Infiniti satisfies like...

few competitors can, with accurate steering, crisp brakes and a planted feel. The responsive 3.7-liter V6 pulls strongly, whether mated to the 7-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. Should you find the Sport 6MT package not quite sporty enough, Infiniti offers a higher-performance variant, the IPL (Infiniti Performance Line) on the coupe or convertible bodies, with more power, tauter suspension and larger brakes. All G models benefit from a driver-selectable Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system that allows you to explore pretty far out toward the edge before the system intervenes. If you live in a frosty climate, or prefer a little extra traction driving out of corners, you can opt for the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system on the coupe or sedan (with automatic transmission only).
Favorite Features

7-INCH LCD INFORMATION SCREEN
The 7-inch touch-screen display found in every Infiniti G37 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 and hard-drive (9.3-gig) and CompactFlash card music access.

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 that distance becomes shorter than the driver's pre-set parameters, Intelligent Cruise Control will renew the predetermined distance by automatically reducing the vehicle's speed.

2013 Infiniti G Details
2013 Infiniti G Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2013 Infiniti G37'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, soft-sheen "Silk Obi" aluminum trim. The form-fitting standard driver's seat features 8-way power adjustability, while Sport 6MT models offer increased support and 12-way adjustability (adds bolsters and thigh extensions). Complementing the G37's contemporary architecture is a sharp 7-inch, full-color display. Outward visibility is commendable on the G37 sedan, but the coupe and convertible sacrifice a little for their racy C-pillar contours.

Exterior
2013 Infiniti G photo

Every iteration of the Infiniti G37 series comes wrapped in a well-tailored suit of sleek sheet metal 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 2013 Infiniti G37 coupe and convertible offer available 19-inch wheels, and both can now be ordered in the exclusive high-performance IPL edition, which adds aggressive front and rear styling, side sills and a rear spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Well-appointed from the start, the Infiniti G37 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

All G37 models offer an extensive list of optional goodies, most of which are wrapped into Premium, Navigation and Technology packages. There's 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 to help alleviate the frustration associated with highway traffic, sport-tuned suspension, supremely comfortable 12-way power driver's seat and warm maple accents.

Under the Hood
2013 Infiniti G Engine photo

The G37's robust 3.7-liter V6 is the latest iteration of Nissan's renowned VQ35-series all-aluminum DOHC engine. Highly sophisticated variable valve timing and lift beats the normal tuning compromises to benefit power, drivability and efficiency. With either a 7-speed automatic or close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission - offered on all three body styles, to Infiniti's credit - the G37 has EPA fuel economy numbers that are slightly above average for the class, and impressive considering the cars' performance potential. Different engine-management software and exhaust plumbing make the engine fractionally stronger in the coupe than the sedan, and the IPL versions squeeze out a little more still.

3.7-liter V6
328 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm (Sedan)
269 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (Sedan)
330 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm (Coupe, Convertible)
270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (Coupe, Convertible)
343 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm (IPL Convertible)
273 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (IPL Convertible)
348 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm (IPL Coupe)
276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm (IPL Coupe)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 mpg (Coupe/ Sedan, automatic), 18/25 mpg (Coupe/Sedan, AWD), 17/25 mpg (Coupe/Sedan, manual; Convertible, automatic), 16/24 mpg (Convertible, manual)

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs) for the 2013 Infiniti G37 models start at just under $38,000 for the Journey Sedan, about $41,000 for the Journey Coupe and around $48,000 for the Convertible. The AWD G37x is about $1,500 higher than those amounts and the Sport 6MT models about $4,000 higher. The aggressive IPL models run almost $52,000 for the Coupe and $62,000 for the Convertible. Among German nameplates, those with similar horsepower and features cost significantly more. The residual-value story, however, is less clear-cut. Though a G37 will retain a solid percentage of its original cost over time, and fare better than the Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS and Audi A4, it does fall a bit short of the projected residual values of the Acura TSX and Audi A5, and well short of the values of the BMW 3 Series and Lexus ES 350.

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2013 Infiniti G Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 257 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • 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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