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2009 Infiniti G37 sedanA bunch of you complained last week when I posted my review of the Volvo V70 wagon. (What can I say, guys? Boring cars need love, too!) Well, this should satisfy the complainers: My 2009 Infiniti G37 sedan test drive. The G sedan has always been a favorite of mine; in fact, when I re-read my 2007 G35 test drive, I'm amazed at the lukewarm tone -- I must have been in a cranky mood when I wrote it. For 2009, the G gets a bigger engine (the 3.7 liter V6 from the G37 coupe and Nissan 370Z) and a new 7-speed automatic transmission. The gist of the review is that I loved it. (Please read it anyway; the more pages you look at, the more money I make, and I've got a wife and kids to feed.)

Infiniti held the press preview for the G37 in California's Napa Valley, about 400 miles from my home in Los Angeles. Rather than fly, I asked Infiniti if I could borrow a 2008 G to drive up, and they were only too happy to supply me with a G37 Sport coupe for the trip. Now, the G is a lot of fun when you're banging through the curves, but the six-hour ride to and from Napa reminded me that the G isn't for everyone. So I've tried to keep my love for this car in perspective, and chronicle both the good and the bad. Get the full story in my 2009 Infiniti G37 test drive. My wife and kids will thank you. -- Aaron Gold

Comments
January 27, 2009 at 10:01 am
(1) Derek says:

Maybe if enough people read this article, you can buy a G37 for your wife and kids. I feel like the Infiniti is often overshadowed by the BMW 3-series, but they are almost the same and the Infiniti costs significantly less than a comparable BMW.

January 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(2) hHAWAIIAN DON says:

Wow! I was just pointing out a G37 to my wife yesterday and suggested we might want to get one. After your article, we definitely will be taking it out for a test drive…a very long test drive, considering she had her eye on the Lexus is! The “hard” ride is definitely something to be concerned about, seeing as we do love our long weekend trips.

January 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm
(3) DFI says:

As Aaron knows, I’m on my second Infiniti G and will probably go for a 3rd when my lease is up… got my eye on the G37 convertible. I’ve had an 05 coupe and currently an 08 sedan (journey) and I can say there is a distinct difference in the noise and suspension between the two. I found the coupe to be a total blast to drive while on long trips or in stop and go traffic it was noisy and a tad stiff but certainly not painful by any means. I’ve had much harder rides in other vehicles such as my 03 VW Passat, my wife’s 4-Runner (dubbed the spinal adjustment vehicle), and the 94 Camaro I had back in my youth (great car for a 20 something with not a car in the world!).

When family practicality set in I traded in for the 08 G Sedan Journey and while it maintains the same amount of fun to drive (tight in the corners and certainly fast), I find it to have a much softer and quieter ride. While I had trouble hearing people on my phone headset in the coupe; the sedan, particularly with the stereo bluetooth integration, is very easy to hear over the minor road noise. On the long rides I find it comfortable and fun even when stuck in traffic. I’ve had the pleasure of sampling a Lexus or two and the new Hyundai Genesis and they are nice plushy cars that seam to float, however, they just lack that driver’s edge that I prefer. I agree with Aaron’s assessment that if your idea of luxury is to be pampered and relaxed then the G isn’t a right fit. But who wants to float when you drive? Where’s the fun in that?!

January 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm
(4) fl. Allen says:

My wife still has her G37s coupe, no replacement as of yet. That is not to say she hates the car. On the contrary she likes it quite well except for the seats…
We seem to always get the sport package no-matter that car we get her and in this case the G37 has a very firm ride seat that is uncomfortable to some.
The G37 is always put in the same category as the 335 BMW and for a good reason. The G37 does every thing about as well and for many $$$ less than the BMW. The one area I find that the BMW is much better in is the brakes. BMW brakes are just spot on stopping where a little more pressure is needed in the G37.
Both car handle about the same in the corners but straight line speed goes to the 335 not making the wife to happy when I beat her off the light EVERY time, lol…
Over all based on parts the G37 is the better overall choice BUT a BMW is a BMW and thats enough for me, for now anyway.

January 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm
(5) Mike in AR says:

Good review. I agree that the Infiniti G series has been a winner. Reviews of the G35 were consistent across the board – great value, BMW like, good performance, interior quality lacking, …. One item Aaron did not mention is that in previous reviews of the G, some have commented about drive train vibrations(lack of smoothness). Wondering if Infiniti has addressed this issue with the G37.

February 4, 2009 at 9:48 pm
(6) Hawaiian Don says:

As much as I really like the G37, I wonder how durable it will be over the long haul(7-10 yrs/150000 miles). Nissan doesn’t have the reputation for durability like a Honda/Acura or a Toyota/Lexus.

February 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm
(7) Jeff says:

After driving both the sport and base versions of the G37 I opted to buy the base seeing very little difference in performance…and while I love the stick it just makes more since to have an auto in the city.

This car is fast!.. I beat a 2008 mustang gt three times in a row. Its interior is beautiful!! and its very comfortable.

Now don’t get confused it’s a real sports car beating the 335i in about every category!
( I bought the base 2008 G37 for 34k out the door the 335i was over 10k more and not as good looking!!)

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