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2013 Infiniti G37 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Infiniti G37 was new.


Performance: 8.6

A potent V6 engine, crisp handling and powerful brakes make the 2013 Infiniti G37 one of the best performers in the class. However, some reviewers note that the G37’s engine isn’t the most refined, and that the manual transmission’s shifter and clutch could use some improvement. One reviewer also says that while the G37 offers dynamic handling, it doesn’t absorb bumps and road imperfections as well as some rival cars.

  • "My Coupe was still fun to drive, almost as much fun as some of the real sports cars I've taken on these same roads." -- AutoWeek (coupe) 
  • "We can't complain about the G's handling, though. This well-sorted Infiniti attacks curves with aggression and precision, yet it remains poised and compliant when driven over less-than-perfect pavement." -- Edmunds (coupe)
  • "G37 lacks the overall ride composure of top German rivals. There's no bounding or float, but large bumps can resonate through the cabin. Some jiggle is evident on broken surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2012 sedan)
  • "The G37 convertible is a joy to drive." -- Automobile Magazine (2010 convertible)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Infiniti G37 sedan comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 328 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on the base model, while a six-speed manual comes with the Sport trim. Coupes and hardtop convertibles have the same engine, but slightly different power output, with 330 and 325 horsepower, respectively. The performance-oriented IPL Coupe has 348 horsepower, while the IPL Convertible has 343 horsepower. All Infiniti G37 models come with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available on G37 sedans and coupes. The 2013 G37 sedan and coupe both get an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg city/highway with the automatic, which is a bit low for an upscale midsize car.

Reviewers agree that the 2013 G37’s powerful V6 engine and responsive automatic transmission make it a joy to drive, regardless of which body style you choose. However, many also note that the G’s engine transmits more noise and vibration into the cabin than comfort-tuned rivals like the Lexus ES. Additionally, one reviewer says that the manual transmission and clutch could use some improvement to make gear changes more precise.

  • "I'd tighten up the shifting of the six-speed manual if I was the transmission engineer designing the next G manual, since you could feel the whole unit moving around down there. Same with clutch engagement, which was a little more wobbly than I'd like in a $45,795 sporty coupe." -- AutoWeek (coupe)
  • "Based on the Nissan 370Z, the Infiniti G37 certainly has a sporting pedigree. With its stout 3.7-liter V6 producing at least 330 horsepower, the vast majority of drivers will find this car's acceleration to be plenty exciting." -- Edmunds (coupe)
  • "G37's eager V6 engine satisfies at any speed. Passing maneuvers are a breeze. The alert and responsive 7-speed automatic is what we would recommend, particularly on models with the Sport Package's paddle shifters." -- Consumer Guide (2012 sedan)

Handling and Braking

If you’re looking for a sedan, coupe or hardtop convertible that’s extremely fun to drive, auto critics agree that the 2013 Infiniti G37 is hard to beat. Unlike comfort-tuned rivals like the Lexus ES and Lincoln MKZ, the G37’s strong brakes and athletic handling make it compelling to drive on twisty roads. The G37 has a firm ride, though most reviewers think it absorbs bumps and road imperfections well.

  • "But the basic sporty feel of the car was solid. You could go around corners plenty fast with very little lean." -- AutoWeek (coupe)
  • "Steering feel is heavy, yet commendable, particularly with the quicker ratio provided in the Sport trim or package." -- Edmunds (coupe)
  • "Dynamically, G Sedans are among the best in this class. These sedans are grippy and agile, with little lean in corners. Steering feel is precise and direct. Braking is strong and secure." -- Consumer Guide (2012 sedan)
  • "It still feels light and athletic, and thanks to the new suspension bits, the body stays as flat as Kansas when cornering." -- Car and Driver (2011 IPL coupe)
  • "I did my standard 100-mph acceleration run on a secluded freeway on-ramp, one that requires some quick braking before a gradual corner, and the brakes seemed well up to the task, with good pedal response." -- Automobile Magazine (2010 convertible)

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