Originally slated to be replaced by the new Q50, the G37 sport sedan has been given a stay of execution - along with a big price cut - and lives on as Infiniti's entry-level offering.
Compared against other starter-kit luxury models like the BMW 320i and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, the G37 is a significantly older and less refined machine. On the other hand, its 328-horsepowe V6 offers a great deal of bang for the buck, and a spacious interior and dynamic rear-wheel-drive handling are among its other virtues.
Overall, the G37 is a strong choice for value-conscious luxury buyers who like to have fun behind the wheel.
With a basic design that dates all the way back to 2006, the G37 is no spring chicken. Its age shows in several different ways - newer high-tech features like a 360-degree camera system or automatic collision avoidance braking aren't available, interior quality has fallen slightly behind the times, and road and engine noise levels are higher than what you'll find in some competitors.
Some of these faults can be forgiven due to the G37's price point, and others - like the engine noise - are merely the flip side of a very positive attribute. Though it sounds slightly strained at higher revs, the 3.7-liter V6 is a powerhouse by class standards, churning out 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. That's significantly more motor than what rivals offer.
The G37's chassis remains highly athletic as well, offering sharp responses and a forgiving ride. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional. Although a six-speed manual transmission was previously available as part of a discontinued Sport 6MT trim level with a tauter suspension, quicker steering and other performance goodies, a seven-speed automatic is now the only gearbox available.
Inside, the dashboard has an attractive and generally upscale look along with logically arranged controls. Some materials aren't quite up to snuff, but the G37 does come generously equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a rearview camera. Passenger room is more than respectable in both the front and back seats.
Trim Level Breakdown
The G37 is offered in Journey, all-wheel-drive G37x, and performance-focused Sport 6MT trim levels.
The Journey comes standard with a leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, a seven-inch display screen dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear parking camerea, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo system with AUX and USB inputs, a proximity key and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The G37x adds inclement weather-taming all-wheel-drive.
Two options packages are available. The Premium package includes a moonroof, rear parking sonar, a Bose audio system, front seat memory functionality and a power tilt and telescopic steering column. The Navigation Package brings a navigation system with NavWeather, NavTraffic, voice recognition, Zagat restaurant Guide and DVD video playback.
All G37 models come standard with dual front, front side and side curtain airbags along with traction and stability control systems and electronic brakeforce distribution.
With its new entry-luxury positioning, the G37 squares off against newer but less powerful sedans like the Volvo S60, Acura TSX, BMW 320i and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.