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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.0
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2011 Infiniti G37 Review

With its sporty ride and upscale interior, the 2011 Infiniti G is a fitting rival to some of the more athletic 2011 midsize sedans.

Pros & Cons

  • Great handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Cramped back seat in coupe and convertible
  • Low safety ratings for the class

2011 Infiniti G37 Overview

When it was new, critics said the 2011 Infiniti G had the power, handling and overall comfort to make it a serious contender to key rivals like the 2011 BMW 3-Series. They said its seats are supportive and its interior appears to be high-quality. The G is available as a sedan, coupe and hardtop convertible with multiple powertrain configurations, which may broaden its appeal. A performance variant of the coupe, called IPL, is also available, but some critics said this version doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself from lower trims. The Infiniti G’s safety score is also a bit lower than the class average.

The base model, called the G25, is powered by a 218-horsepower 2.5-liter V6, which reviewers said is fun to drive, but not as much as the more powerful G37, which has a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V6. In the IPL coupe, the 3.7-liter V6 makes 348 horsepower. Buyers can select either rear- or all-wheel drive, and a manual transmission is available on some models. A rear-wheel drive G25 sedan nets 20/29 mpg city/highway, while more powerful and AWD variants average slightly worse. The G sedan can carry up to 13.5 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, which is about average for the class. Those looking for the most athletic sedan in the lineup should check out the G37 Sport, which has a number of performance upgrades in comparison with other G37 models.

Inside, critics liked the overall layout and comfort, saying it closely rivals its German sport sedan competitors. They said the front seats are comfortable, but those in the rear are cramped, especially in coupe and convertible models. Leather seat upholstery is standard across the board, as is a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio. Journey trims add features like dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and a USB port. A navigation system and 10-speaker Bose stereo are also available.

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Other Cars to Consider

One of the most fitting rivals to the G is the 2011 BMW 3-Series. Most critics regarded the 3-Series as the sport sedan benchmark because of its great handling and smooth, powerful engines. The BMW also earns a higher safety rating than the Infiniti.

Critics said the highly-ranked 2011 Acura TL has a comfortable interior, and that AWD models have taut, athletic handling. It also impressed critics with its many standard and available features, noting that the base TL comes with more standard features than a number of rival midsize cars. The Acura TL may also be a more appealing used car, since its safety ratings are significantly higher than the Infiniti G’s.

Compare the G to the TL and 3-Series »

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