2010 G37x New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti G37 lineup comprises coupes, sedans, and convertibles, all equipped with powerful V6 engines, rear-wheel drive and sports suspensions that deliver a high-performance driving experience. The Infiniti G37 models compete with the Lexus IS, Acura TL, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4 and A5. The G37s generally offer more equipment for less cash with comparable performance and handling.
The Infiniti G shares major chassis and mechanical components with the Nissan 370Z sports car, so their sporting character may come as no surprise. We've been noting an ever-increasing level of refinement, the Achilles heal of these cars. Interior finish has steadily improved the past several years.
For 2010, Infiniti G37 models get subtle interior updates and more standard equipment along with some subtle styling revisions.
Sedan, coupe and convertible deliver comparable performance. While the G37 Sedan offers five-passenger seating, the Coupe and Convertible models add sex appeal. All-wheel drive is available for the sedan and coupe for greatly improved traction and handling in snow and rain, helping tame the torque these cars can otherwise deliver to their rear wheels.
All come standard with rear-wheel drive, which delivers handling characteristics front-wheel drive can't usually match. The standard seven-speed automatic transmission is tuned for sporting response, with available steering wheel paddles for manual shifting. All models are available with a six-speed manual transmission that's increasingly rare in this class. The G37's 3.7-liter V6 engine is more powerful than that in many competitors, and it's tuned for the response and excitement that enthusiast drivers prefer.
All G37s are offered with the high-tech features expected in this category, including adaptive bi-xenon headlights and excellent audio systems. The navigation system monitors traffic conditions and provides restaurant advice from Zagat, and it includes a 9.3 gigabyte hard drive with a compact flash-drive slot.
The four-door G37 Sedan is Infiniti's best seller, and a true sports sedan, reacting to driver commands in the fashion of a sport-tuned coupe. Yet it seats four comfortably in all circumstances, with easy in-out access and plenty of stowage space in the trunk. The V6 delivers 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque in the sedan.
The two-door G37 Coupe looks racier than the sedan. Rear-seat legroom is more restricted, however, so two adults may not be too happy in the coupe's back seat for long. Its instrumentation is first rate, and its climate, audio and navigation systems are easy to understand and control. The coupe's engine delivers slightly more power: 330 horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque.
The G37 Convertible looks a lot like the coupe, until its three-piece steel top is lowered with a button on the console. Then it's a wide-open cabriolet. The power-retractable steel hard top opens or closes in about 30 seconds. The convertible comes with a Bose Open Air Sound System that automatically adjusts audio levels according to vehicle speed and ambient noise. Its climate control system adjusts fan speed based on vehicle speed when the top is open.
The 2010 Infiniti G37 Anniversary Edition, in all body styles, was created to mark Infiniti's 20th anniversary in the United States. It comes with special trim and virtually everything Infiniti offers, but only in Shadow Graphite paint. It will be available in limited quantity.
The 2010 Infiniti G37 is available as a four-door sedan, two-door coupe or two-door convertible in a total of 14 variations. All G37s are powered by the same 3.7-liter V6, with either a seven-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Fulltime all-wheel-drive is available on the sedan and coupe.
The G37 Sedan ($33,250) comes with leather seats, automatic temperature control, cruise control, eight-way power front seats, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio with XM satellite radio, keyless entry and starting, HID bi-Xenon headlights, 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires, and the automatic transmission. The Journey ($34,450) adds heated front seats and mirrors, dual-zone temperature control, rearview monitor and automatic headlights.
The G37x Sedan ($36,050) adds Infiniti's ATTESA E-TS fulltime all-wheel-drive system.
The G37 Sport 6MT sedan ($37,000) comes with the six-speed manual transmission and a firmer, sport-tuned suspension. It adds performance upgrades such as larger brakes, 19-inch wheels with high-performance tires and a viscous limited slip differential, for increased traction under hard acceleration. The Sport looks racier than other models, thanks to a more aggressive front end styling, with sport-style seats and aluminum pedals. The Premium Package comes standard, including a power moonroof, Bose Studio on Wheels audio upgrade with 11 speakers and a 2.0-gigabyte hard drive, seat position memory, climate controlled front seats with a cooling feature and rear sonar back-up warning.
The G37 Coupe ($36,050) is equipped similarly to the standard sedan, though it comes with 18-inch wheels. The Journey Coupe ($37,500), G37x AWD Coupe ($39,150), and Sport 6MT Coupe ($40,400) are equipped like the sedans.
The G37 Convertible ($44,350) has a power-retractable steel hard top that opens or closes in about 30 seconds. It comes standard with a Bose Open Air Sound System that adjusts audio levels based on outside noise, vehicle speed and top position. The Convertible Sport 6MT ($46,950) is equipped like the other Sport models.
The Navigation Package ($1,850) includes voice command, with real-time traffic information, a 9.3-gigabyte hard drive and compact flash drive slot. The Premium Package for Sedan ($2,150), Coupe ($2,900), and Convertible ($3,050) includes a power moonroof, Bose Studio on Wheels, two-position seat memory. The Sport Package for sedan ($2,100), coupe ($1,850), and convertible ($1,350) adds the 6MT suspension, 19-inch wheels and tires, bigger brakes, sport seats, and steering wheel paddle shifters for the automatic transmission.
The Anniversary Sedan ($43,350), AWD Sedan ($43,550), Coupe ($50,550), and Convertible ($54,990) come with the automatic transmission and all option packages standard, as well as Infiniti's four-wheel steering system. Anniversary models have Graphite Shadow paint, Monaco Red interior and special appointments.
Safety features on all models include two-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for front passengers and full-cabin, head protection airbags. Infiniti's Vehicle Dynamic Control helps keep the G37 under control in the wet, and the anti-lock brakes feature Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist. The convertible has pop-up roll hoops behind the rear seat for rollover protection. All-wheel drive can enhance safety in adverse conditions.
The Technology Package ($1,150) is largely a collection of safety features. It includes Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), which maintains the gap to the car in front, Preview Braking to pre-load the brake system in advance of a potential collision, Adaptive Front Lighting to aim the headlights into curves, and Infiniti's Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier. (Hey, we report, you decide.).