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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.

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 302 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

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."

8 people out of 11 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."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Best bang for the buck in luxury sport segment.

By on Thursday, March 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Value, reliability, power, handling"

Cons: "Mileage, clear coat too thin"

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

"I regularly drive two of these cars, 6MT S coupe is mine and my wife has AWD auto sedan. The cars are very solid, extremely reliable, engines are bulletproof and will run into 300,000k and more. The value of what you get for the money cannot be beat but they do have some minor issues. 6MT is a little on the rough side as far as manuals go, especially 1st to 2nd but you get used to it. 5AT and 7AT need their software updated at the dealer as early versions seem to shift a little too much. I don't like OEM tires and brake pads, there's much better ones available for less $. Some interior panels will peel or scratch but they are very cheap to replace, I bought steering wheel bezel that started to peel for $17 and paid $50 to put it in. That was literally all of the issues with the car. 6MT will need new clutch around 80k or up to 120k if you are not a newb. I reccomend replacing stock bushings with polyurethane although it's not necessary and might cost around $500. Bottom line, if you want a reliable car that will run forever and has good power and handling and don't mind around 20mpg on average, this is the best car in that category. Or you can get a BMW and become a frequent visitor to the dealer while paying $$$$$$ for new parts on a monthly basis, it's up to you."

Very good car

By on Sunday, March 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The engine is extremely fast & smooth technology is great not real good on mileage but it's worth it"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Fun ride.

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

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: "Power to spare. Excellent handling."

Cons: "Battery life, overall mileage of 22"

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

"I have owned the G37XS Anniversary Edition for almost 5 years and even after a bad day at the office I still come home smiling every night after the driving this car. The front seats are very comfortable and at my size (5'10", 190 lbs) it is a perfect fit, but might be a tight squeeze for people much taller than 6'. Fit and finish are excellent. Good sound system and navigation. Handles well in all conditions, snow included. Only problems with the car have been 3 battery replacements and somehow I wore out the brakes at 75k miles. I recently had the car in for service after which the dealer called me repeatedly to trade it in - I had to explain that I'm not giving it up. Driving this car puts a smile on my face."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

I LOVE this car!

By on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

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 price, fun to drive, very sexy looking too!"

Cons: "I've gotten two speeding tickets already..."

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

"When I was ready for a new car, I had no idea this would be my choice. My prior car was a Maxima so I was used to comfort and performance. But--I was trying to be frugal so I started looking at VWs because they had always been good, safe bets. (I had previously owned 2 of them) However, when my salesman talked me into trying out this G25x I was nonplussed. BUT---when I drove the car, all I could say was "Mama gotta new boyfriend!". I have had the car 6 months and it is a joy every time I get in to drive it. I highly recommend it. I have the car of my dreams with every option I could want for a very reasonable price!"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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