Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Infiniti G37 is Heavenly to Drive
With the 2011 Infiniti G37, scintillating driving performance comes standard.
It features three body styles: sedan, convertible and coupe, which the test drive model was. There's also an all-wheel drive version, the G37x, which has enhanced handling.
The coupe is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that makes 330 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque. The powerplant is linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is optional.
The G37 coupe has new front styling, in which the fog lights have been moved from inside the headlights to the lower fascia and there's a Limited Edition trim that's new for this model year.
On the inside, the G37 coupe seats four and comes with standard leather seats with eight-way power adjustments in the front, single-zone automatic climate control, and a six-speaker stereo system with MP3 jack. There's an iPod-compatible 11-speaker Bose stereo, Bluetooth streaming audio, and moonroof that are optional. Infiniti says the available 2.0 or 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive can be accessed by a USB port in the center armrest, and it helps organize your audio files internally, and a seven-inch LCD touch-screen navigation system with Infiniti Voice Recognition is also optional.
The coupe's styling is dynamic without being overly dramatic. On one test drive session, another motorist actually pulled out a camera at a stop light to snap a picture of the G37.
The interior design is equally attractive, a mix of high tech and classic luxury.
Fuel economy is very good, with an EPA rating of 19 mpg city and 27 highway. In a week of combined driving, we got 28 mpg, which was very pleasing.
For driving pleasure, it's hard to beat the G37. It takes curves exceptionally well, accelerates sharply and brakes precisely.
The test drive model was priced at $46,975; G37s range from $36,000 to $58,000.
The G37 coupe is an outstanding value for those seeking luxury and brilliant driving dynamics.