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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.