As far as mid-size luxury cars go, the Infiniti G37 is an affordable, powerful vehicle with plenty of available options. It is available as a sedan, coupe, and convertible. Since 1998, it has been a front-wheel drive vehicle, with modern models gaining four-wheel drive capability. The G37 can be loud at high speeds, and it feels a bit cramped as a coupe, but overall, it offers exceptional performance and luxury for its price.
The Infiniti G37 has a 3.7-liter VQ37VHR V6 engine, which is what gives the car its name. The car usually offers about 330 horsepower, although the new IPL (Infinity's performance series) provides 348 horsepower. A new valve system in the 2008 G37 allows for more torque at lower speeds and about 18 to 24 miles per gallon. The 2009 Infiniti G37 introduced a new 7-speed automatic transmission, though the 5-speed automatic that received some criticism when attached to earlier models like the G35 was still present in early G37s. Infiniti G vehicles are assembled in Tochigi, Japan.
The Infiniti G series has been popular since the early 1990s among entry-level luxury car buyers, but there had been complaints about some aspects of the G35 in the early 2000s. The G37 was built to address some of these concerns and packed a stronger engine, a refined transmission, and more up-to-date luxury features. The G37 is still popular and a new addition to the line in 2011 will introduce Infiniti's series of performance cars.
Trim options include the Journey, X, and Sport 6MT packages. The Sport 6MT package allowed for a six-speed manual transmission rather than the standard 7-speed automatic transmission and is available in both coupe and sedan versions of the G37. It also refines the brakes and the wheels of the Infiniti G37 for better performance, with ventilated rotors, larger brakes, and a viscous limited-slip differential. A four-wheel drive version of the Infiniti G37 is known as the X model and has specs similar to the base package. Finally, the Journey trim adds extra options like a navigation system, a DVD player, and a generally more luxurious interior.
The Infiniti G37 has received numerous awards including the 2008 Automobile Magazine All-Star" award and a designation as one of Car & Driver's 10 best vehicles in 2009. Its NHTSA safety ratings have been historically very high and reliability ratings are generally above average. The G37 certainly corrected any problems with its older brother, the G35, and has been a consistently high-quality luxury vehicle. With numerous modern tech advancements and an overabundance of trim options, the G37 is one of the most capable Nissan vehicles on the road.
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