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February 11, 2009 > Auto Review: G37 Sport Coupe by Infinity

Auto Review: G37 Sport Coupe by Infinity

Infinity builds some really good cars and the G37 Sport Coupe is one of the best. It is a fun car to drive; it is fast and rides and handles well. What else could you want?

The G37 line has four very similar models. They all have the same body, interior and exterior features. Choosing one means examining your driving style and requirements, but first let's cover the common ground.

A 3.7-liter, V-6 power plant puts 330 horsepower and 270 foot pounds of torque under your right foot by utilizing the latest computer-controlled innovations. Moving to the next step in the drive train gives you the first decision point. Three models use an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission. The Sport 6MT version comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. This was our test car, and it was a dream to shift.

A second decision point is rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The G37x Coupe is the all-wheel driver. If you want to head up to the mountains over snowy roads, it is the one you need.

Base G37 Coupes start at $35,900 and are well equipped. The Journey adds dual-zone air conditioning, automatic off/on headlights, a better sound system, an 8-way power passenger seat, and starts at $36,500. The all-wheel drive G37 starts at $38,700. My favorite, the Sport 6MT, has 6-speed manual, bigger wheels and tires (19 inches), bigger brakes, a limited slip differential and a sport-tuned suspension for $37,000.

We had a great time with our G37 Sport test car. It was fast, handled and stopped well, and is a good-looking car. The front seats were excellent and the sound system was very good.

It did have a few downsides. The rear seats are virtually unusable for anyone with legs. You could put a baby seat back there, but then you would develop back problems getting your child in and out of the car. The ride is stiffer than with the other G37s. It is not a bad ride; it just isn't as smooth as some of the other cars in this class. My other small complaint was that the steering wheel seemed too high; it just would not go down as low as I wanted.

The entire G37 line comes with the latest electronic driving enhancements. They all get 4-wheel antilock brakes, brake assist, vehicle dynamic control, and traction control. On the safety side, Infiniti's advanced air bag system measures the force of a collision and other factors, then inflates the front air bags accordingly. They also have side-impact and roof-curtain air bags and come with a first-aid kit.

Environmental Protection Agency estimates range from 17-18 city and 25-26 highway miles per gallon. The basic warranty is four years or 60,000 miles, and the power train is warranted for six years or 70,000 miles. The G37 line is a good value, and in today's market you can almost pick what you want to pay for a car.

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