2011 Infiniti G37

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2011 Infiniti G37 Review

The Infiniti G37 wraps up performance and safety in a neat package that won't disappoint those who enjoy driving.

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Overview

Practical meets performance might be the phrase to describe the 2011 Infiniti G37 sedan. Deriving its name from its stand-out advanced 3.7-liter VQ37HR V-6 engine with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift), the G37's engine is rated at 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The VVEL combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled valve timing to improve responsiveness. It also helps reduce emissions and improves fuel efficiency. Combine this with a well laid out interior and you'll understand why you might say, practical meet performance.

The Range

Body styles: sedan
Engines: VQ37VHR DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic, six-speed manual (G37 Sport)
Models: Infiniti G37 Sedan Journey, Infiniti G37X Sedan AWD, Infiniti G37 Sedan Sport 6MT, Infiniti G37 Sedan Sport Appearance Edition, Infiniti G37X Sedan AWD Sport Appearance Edition, Infiniti G37 Sedan Limited Edition, Infiniti G37X Sedan AWD Limited Edition

What's New

  • The Infiniti G series got an exterior and interior refreshing in the 2010 rollout and little has changed since. The 2011 model year sees the following changes:
  • The addition of the Limited Edition and Sport Appearance models to the lineup
  • Added exterior color, Malbec Black
  • New sheet metal on the body
  • Restyled cockpit with advanced technological features

Exterior

Smooth, athletic, nicely proportioned, the 2011 Infiniti G37 has been described in all these ways and more. With the addition of the Sport Appearance Edition, you could add smart and sporty to the adjectives as well. Infiniti has opted for smooth lines and curves for the G37 and it is highly regarded as one of the best-looking sport sedans on the road. Alongside chrome accents you'll find Infiniti's signature grille, large L-shaped headlights and lower fog lights, and in the rear oversized taillights following the contours of the G37's rear fenders. The base model G37 is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels while the G37S Sport and G37x sport 18-inch alloy rims. The G37 is available in eight exterior colors: Malbec Black, Black Obsidian, Blue Slate, Graphite Shadow, Liquid Platinum, Moonlight White, Smoky Quartz, and Vibrant Red.

Interior

In the Japanese style of harmony, you'll find balance between what Infiniti calls ""dedicated driver's cockpit"" and passenger space. Leather-appointed seats are standard with the driver's seat featuring eight-way adjustments. The aluminum trim is inspired by a Japanese calligraphy style. White is the main color component for the instrument panel where you'll find an Infiniti tradition, an analog clock.

In keeping with the harmony theme, Infiniti manages to consistently place controls in a logical and easily accessible manner. The telescopic steering wheel adjustment ensures that the controls there remain in just the right position for the driver to access conveniently.

The interior provides a comfortable ride although with little road and engine noise. Front seating is quite sufficient as is seating in the rear. It can be something of a challenge to install a child's car seat, but once done access to your precious cargo is simple enough. Storage for other cargo is pretty good too with interior door pockets and the center console holding a good amount and the trunk being nice and roomy. Interior colors available are Graphite, Stone, and Wheat.

Standard features include a six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system (upgradable to a Bose® audio system), leather covered steering wheel, temperature control with microfiltration system. Standard on the G25 Journey and G25X AWD models are heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, RearView monitor, and Bluetooth® Hands-free phone system.

Performance & Handling

Feel free to drive with gusto when behind the wheel of the 2011 Infiniti G37, you won't be disappointed. Steering is responsive, braking is strong, and the suspension reliably in place. If aggressive driving isn't your style, you'll still be very pleased with how the G37 handles. It feels solid but can deliver that sports car fun when asked. Deriving its name from the engine, the G37 is powered by a 3.7-liter VQ37HR V-6, delivering 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The G37 is equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control. Standard equipment for the G37 Limited Edition and available in the Sport package for the G37 Journey and G37X AWD models, are solid magnesium paddle shifters. The G37 Sport 6MT is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

Safety

The 2011 Infiniti G37 isn't lacking in safety features. Starting from the ground up with Tire Pressure Monitoring, the G37 has safety in mind. You'll also find Infiniti's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with supplemental front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensor. Seat belts are three-point, pre-tensioners, and adjustable upper anchors. Every G37 model has Zone Body Construction which is designed to disperse energy from a crash around the passenger compartment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti G37 Journey: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Infiniti G37X AWD: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Infiniti G37 Sport 6MT: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Agile steering
  • Athletic handling
  • Attractive design
  • Braking power

You Won't Like

  • Some road noise
  • Tight backseat

Sum Up

The Infiniti G37 wraps up performance and safety in a neat package that won't disappoint those who enjoy driving.

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