PRO’s: Great power, not regulated by electronic nannies, a lot of fun in a very nice wrapper.
CON’s: Dated styling, narrow interior, needs more rubber.
FINAL THOUGHT: A competent sports sedan, that albiet looking a bit dated, provides its owner with decent luxury, performance and a driving experience that’s still lets the owner behave like a child when the mood strikes.
The Infiniti G-Series has been around in the United States for over 20 years. Beginning with the G20 back in 1990, the goal was to introduce Nissan’s then new luxury brand into the U.S. market. Their strategy worked because now 22 years after the sedans initial launch the G-Series is still going strong and is currently rolling through its six-generation. The sports sedan in the United States is not a vehicle to be taken lightly as competition comes from all sides. Manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Audi and Lexus are all fighting for the crown, which means each company does their damnedest to outdo the other guy. So, how does the 2013 Infiniti G37s Sedan stack up against the other guys? Click through to find out.
Here’s the deal. Most of the sports sedans on the market today are technological marvels. They pack in every safety feature, the best technology and a host of electronic nannies that are supposed to keep us safe from ourselves. So imagine my surprise when I received this new 2013 Infiniti G37 Sedan and it gave me the capacity to do things like burnouts, donuts AND release my inner hooligan when the moment presented itself. How fun!
The main thing you have to remember when choosing a sports sedan is the following word, “SPORTS”. What that means is that while the car should not only get you from Point A to Point B in the lap of luxury, it should also let you, the driver, enjoy the ride. For instance, the G37s does not offer 12 different suspension settings controlled by a joystick. There’s no button to stiffen up the suspension once the roads get twisty, and as far as traction control goes, when you opt to turn it off – it’s off. All of this equates to fun, fun and more fun if you truly enjoy driving.
As a driver first and a journalist second, I give reviews on how a car makes me feel, not how much it cost or how much crap a company can pack into it. For example, up front under the hood lies a 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6 that makes 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. It revs to 7,500 rpm and makes a noise that is simply spectacular. There are no power-adders here, just a great engine that revs to the moon when you want it too.
My tester was equipped with a 7-speed automatic, but if you think that hampered the driving experience then think again. You see this is the same 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifting and rev-matching capabilities that’s in the Nissan 370Z. That means you can run through the gears without a care in the world without ever having to take your hands off the wheel.
The ride is firm, but in no way uncomfortable and I love the way it’s simply set up to ride one way. I don’t want to futz with buttons and knobs when I’m driving. I want to jump in, hit my favorite road and learn how to pilot the car the way it was intended by the engineers. Constantly screwing with suspension settings and then having to relearn what the car is doing is just a hassle and honestly, doesn’t make anyone a better driver in my opinion.
I should also mention that this G37s was fitted with the optional Sport Package. This is a $2,250.00 option, however when you consider it gives you sport tuned suspension and steering, a viscous limited-slip differential, 18-inch wheels with summer tires and paddle shifters, well, it would be hard not too recommend it.
The G37’s steering is nicely weighted and provides decent feedback. It’s not sports car responsive, but for a mid-sized 4-door sedan, it suits the car just fine. Kick off the traction control, stab the throttle and the G37 quickly turns into that hooligan sedan we all wish we had when we were 16.
The G37’s interior only compliments the cars driving experience. Yes there are things like navigation, Bluetooth and a kick-ass BOSE stereo, but in contrast to some other cars in this segment, the technology incorporated here is actually quite simple and easy to use.
Front seats are leather and offer up 12-way power adjustments for the driver and 8-way for the passenger. They’re very comfortable and thanks to inflatable bolsters, will hold you in regardless of how twisty the road gets.
Front seat room was fine for my 6’4″ frame and even with my seat in the correct driving position, rear seat room would be ample enough for just about any sized passenger. However this car is a bit narrow, which means that if you’re a person of size and or girth, you may feel as though you’re sitting a little close to your passenger. It’s not a big deal mind you, but something that should be noted.
One thing I should point out is the tilting and telescoping steering wheel that moves with the gauge cluster pod. Far too often are steering wheels adjusted to the point where they’re blocking your view of the gauges. Not so in this case, and I can tell you it was a very welcome surprise.
Speaking of gauges, the G37 sedan gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t. An equisized tachometer and speedometer are set in plain view with temperature and fuel gauges set-up to the left and right. Oil temperature and tire pressures can be found by scrolling through the settings menu on the nicely sized center mounted touch screen. Climate and stereo controls are intuitive and work as they should, however I think it’s about time that Infiniti did away with the analog clock that sits in most of their models.
*13.5 cubic feet of trunk space – not bad.
From a quality standpoint, the G37 feels like a rock solid and reliable automobile. It doesn’t have the same “built from granite” feel as say a BMW 335i or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but that in no way means it feels cheap. Basically, and the best way to say it is that it simply feels Japanese. All the materials, from the leather on the seats, to the soft-touch dash, to the aluminum dash and door accents, feels of good quality and reflects the way a car that stickers for $44,545.00 should feel.
* 225 series up front and 245 series out back means this car needs more rubber…
At days end what we have is a very competent sports sedan, that albiet looking a bit dated, provides its owner with decent luxury, performance and a driving experience that’s still lets the owner behave like a child when the mood strikes.