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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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
By diesel (VT) on Monday, September 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive"
Cons: "Premium fuel only."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own a 2008 Infinit G35x Sport...absolutely love the car!!! handling is amazing and tight, acceleration is dangerously quick. comfort is amazing. would definitely replace it with a new one...which now is a Q..wish they kept making the G's but on to bigger and better i suppose!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful