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2012 Infiniti G

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2012 Infiniti G Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

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 328 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

IT'S COMPLICATED...BUT NOT REALLY

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, Handling, Reliability, Fit & Finish"

Cons: "Acceleration delay, Navigation, Headrest, Price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Overall this vehicle is a good vehicle but falls well short of its predecessor the 2003 G35 sedan I owned. The drive by wire system hesitates both off the line and during acceleration unlike its cable driven predecessor, this hesitation removes the all the fun from the driving experience. I’ve also had the opportunity to drive loaner cars of the same year and they’ve performed the same. A constant buck during transmission shifts also make this vehicle less than appealing unlike its predecessor. The interior is quiet but not quiet enough and a stubborn unfriendly navigation system that can’t be programmed while the vehicle is in motion except through speaking to it doesn’t lend to a good experience. The navigation system always requires you to select a state and city when voice programming and you cannot set defaults; you also can not simply state the name of a place such as a common retailer, this makes the system cumbersome to use. The car sits too low to the ground for a luxury sedan, and there are other caveats missing such as a dedicated passenger side power outlet which its predecessor the G35 also possessed. The headrest is also uncomfortable forcing you to tilt your head forward. Voice quality via the bluetooth is subpar, parties on the other end state voice sounds hollow. There’s just enough road feel transmitted to the steering wheel to make you feel like you’re one with the vehicle, handling is top notch as well as fit and finish. Audiophiles sound superb from phone to car’s speakers via bluetooth, there’s no need to plug your phone in but you can."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

G37S-quick, fun to drive

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive.Quick.Hardtop convertible is awesome!"

Cons: "Tires, factory paint job so-so,no cargo rm,resale"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The G37S has some real positives: It is quick & fun to drive. The hardtop convertible is-an engineering marvel. However, the "back seat" is useless. It's virtually a two seater car. No adult, or even a child, would be comfortable in the back. It's difficult to access. To stow groceries & cargo one basically has to put the top down to get to the back seat. With the top down, the car looks awesome, but then there is no cargo space other than the back seat. Also factory tires need replacing after fewer than 25,000-not acceptable. Resale is not great."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Affordable, yet interior quality issues

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, powerful engine"

Cons: "Thirsty, questionable interior quality"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I purchased my new 2013 G37x in the summer of 2014. Its a great car and a lot of fun, but I have experienced numerous interior noises that makes me question the quality of the interior. Every day, I hear small pops and rattles like panels are not aligned. I have had it in the shop numerous times and the technician agrees that they can hear the noises, however, they claim that it is within the level of acceptability. For my next car, I would sacrifice horsepower for a higher quality interior."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best performance for the money

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value, performance, safety, fun factor, styling"

Cons: "No S brakes/suspension on X model"

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

"My son bought one and I took it on a 3 day trip. I was so amazed with his G37XS that I came back and bought my wife the exact same car. I wanted a car to handle the snowy hills in our area of PA and be fun to drive. Infiniti nailed it with the G37XS. In the S trim the seats are very supporting and comfortable. The fun factor in driving is what I really love. The handling and acceleration is better than anything in its price range. I have driven everything that is in its category and for the price you cannot beat it. The TL-SHAWD is pretty close. Others like the BMW and Audi are too expensive especially with all the options like the G37XS has. My only disappointment was the S model brakes and suspension are dropped when you have AWD (X model). I have tracked the car once and the brakes and suspension are not up to the task. The motor is excellent though. My wife loves the car too. Always brags about the take off when merging or pulling away at stop lights."

13 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Love the ride!

By on Friday, November 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Love the comfort and style"

Cons: "Lack of back seat space"

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

"I was hesitant to go back to a sedan after driving an SUV for over 20 years. So when I went looking for a new vehicle I still didn't know I would end up with a sedan. The moment I drove the Infiniti G37 I was sold. The smooth ride and the way it holds the corners was awesome. Then the power behind the car was pleasantly surprising and impressive. As a 49 year old woman, I never understood why guys would be obsessed about cars, but now I get it! I love my Infiniti GX37. It's sporty looking, yet classy, and has all the functionality I need with the exception of remote start. I'm still looking to find somewhere to install one. This is definitely my very favorite car I've ever owned. The one negative, lack of back seat space, but since my kids are driving their own vehicles now, it's not that big of a deal."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Illness forces sale!

By on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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, wonderful to drive, handles well."

Cons: "None"

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

"This car has always been kept in a garage. All maintenance kept current. Current registration valid for 2 years. Excellent condition!"

8 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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