Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti G37

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I drove a G35 several years ago, and in a nutshell, the G37 feels exactly the same. Pretty much the handling, style, and power feels identical to its predecessor. Yes, there are refinements, but the new G37 is hanging on to the same winning formula. This is a great thing if you love an even balance between luxury, performance and reliability.

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With 330 hp, the power is silky and linear thanks to its six cylinder naturally aspirated engine. This engine is really the star if the car. They’re still made in Japan, and they’ll last forever. On paper, the g37 goes 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Just to give you some context, a BMW 335i goes 0 to 60 in 4.7s. For the record, I don’t believe the G37 is all about speed, though it has some. The power is delivered linearly, so it doesn’t have a strong pull initially… but it’s smooth.

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The G37 coupe doesn’t feel nimble. It feels more like a large sedan… And that’s because, in reality, it really is a sedan. While the coupe may have a more sporty aesthetic, the exterior is built on top of a mid-size sedan chassis. The G37 coupe handles fairly well, but feels more like a big car. The car feels heavy, weighed down by tons of features. While it’s RWD, I’m not sure if I’d want to take this car around corners too quickly.

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This is where the G37 really excels. When you first get in the car it feels very special. Even that old analog clock looks nice as a center console embellishment. There are so many features that make the car so comfortable—in fact, there are too many to list. Just know that a fully loaded G37 really means “fully loaded”.

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Design changes are small and incremental since the G35. I’d say that the exterior is fair, but the interior is awesome. Frankly, I think that the nissan Altima coupe looks the same. Which brings me to my conclusion…

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The G37 is an all-around satisfactory sports coupe. It excels in luxury and reliability. While adequately powered, it doesn’t feel as nimble. The reality is that this car favors comfort over raw performance. That’s why I’d recommend getting the sedan version instead. It’s the same car, and becomes even more practical with 4 doors. When you combine all those strengths, you’ve got one of the best sedans in the business.

An alternative to the G37 coupe is the Nissan Altima Coupe—it looks and feels pretty much the same. It may not have all the luxury, but it’s virtually identical in spirit.

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  1. A 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control, a Drive Sport Mode, and Downshift Rev Matching is standard on the G37 Journey with rear-wheel drive and the G with all-wheel drive.

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