2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan JourneyPosted on July 10th, 2010
Sport sedan for driving enthusiasts
By Nina Russin
The G37S melds the stylish exterior of the G coupe with four-door practicality. Its performance and handling is pure sports car.
In the early days of open-wheel racing, race cars had two seats: one for the driver, and a second for the riding mechanic. The G37S strikes me as a race car with seating for three riding mechanics.
Power comes from a 3.7-liter V-6 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. The driver can shift manually using the shift lever or formula-style paddles on the steering wheel.
Large vented disc brakes stop the car on a dime, while standard 17-inch alloy wheels provide a wide, stable footprint at speed.
Four trim levels and available all-wheel drive
The G37S comes in four grades: the base model, Journey, Sport and the all-wheel drive G37X. The test car is the upscale Journey, priced from $34,450, not including the $865 destination charge.
There are four option packages on the car. A premium package includes a power sunroof, audio upgrade, rear sonar system and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel ($2150). A sport package adds the paddle shifters, limited-slip differential, 18-inch wheels with performance tires and bigger brakes ($2100).
Infiniti’s newest hard drive navigation system features 3-D graphics, lane-guidance, speed advisories, XM real-time traffic and weather updates ($1850). A rear deck spoiler costs $510.
Lessons from the race track
What Infiniti races on Sunday, it builds into its passenger cars on Monday. The G sedan’s front mid-ship platform, aluminum independent suspension and under-car aerodynamic enhancements are the legacy of Infiniti’s formula racing program.
As a result, the G sedan is a car that anybody can drive, but which driving enthusiasts will revel in. For my test drive, I used the car as an owner might for both work and play. First I commuted across Phoenix in rush hour traffic. Later that day, I took the sedan east of town, put the shift lever in manual, and tore the doors off.
Driving around town, the G sedan offers all the features luxury car owners crave: a quiet interior, premium sound system, and upscale styling. Passengers in both rows of seats will have no trouble conversing on the highway.
Dual-zone climate controls keep the driver and front passenger comfortable, while rear vents circulate air through the back. Push button start allows the driver to enter the car and fire the ignition with the key fob in his pocket: an important safety feature in urban areas.
The 12-way adjustable driver’s seat has ample lower lumbar support. I was comfortable throughout the two-hour test drive.
The V-6 engine has ample low-end power for merging into traffic. The seven-speed automatic transmission moves smoothly between the gears with no perceptible shift shock.
Side view mirrors do a good job of minimizing rear blind spots without obstructing the driver’s view when cornering. Over-the-shoulder visibility is good on both sides: I had no problems monitoring traffic in the adjacent lanes.
Despite its sophistication, the new navigation software is intuitive to operate, with easy-to-read graphics. Real-time traffic updates help the driver reroute around bottlenecks.
The speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system provides ample low-speed assist, while maintaining positive on-center response on the highway. The sedan’s 35.4-foot turning radius makes it easy to do U-turns, even on fairly narrow roads.
The rearview backup camera projects a wide angle view on the navigation screen. The camera makes it much easier to parallel park, and see cars passing through the aisles in parking lots with vertical spaces.
The sport-tuned suspension on the test car is compliant enough for daily driving. Phoenix highways don’t have the potholes and frost heaves of roads in the Midwest, but my experience around town was very comfortable.
Tuned for driving enthusiasts
The best way to appreciate the G sedan’s performance is on a track or a deserted rural road. I chose the latter.
The front-midship engine location prevents the car from being nose-heavy: front-to-rear weight balance is 54/46.
On winding two-lane roads, the G clings to the pavement, making child’s play of decreasing radius turns and steep descents. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are easy to reach. In manual mode, the transmission automatically blips the throttle between shifts to smooth out the ride.
Engineers minimized unsprung weight through the use of aluminum suspension components and wheels, giving the car an exceptionally nimble feel. The sedan is so light on its feet that I occasionally had to glance in back, just to remind myself that it has a rear seat.
Driving on two-lane roads inevitably involves passing slower vehicles and the occasional hard stop. The suspension keeps the chassis completely flat, so the wheels don’t lose traction from squat or dive.
All grades come with standard bi-xenon headlamps, which produce a longer brighter beam than halogen. The brighter headlamps are especially noticeable on dark suburban streets and in the country.
The available all-wheel drive model gives the G37 all-season versatility, since the system automatically transfers power to the wheel or wheels with the best traction. Due to its low ground clearance, the G sedan is not a candidate for deep snow or off-road driving.
Fuel economy is about average for a mid-sized sedan: 22 miles per gallon according to the EPA. Since most of my test drive was on the highway, fuel economy was considerably better: closer to 27 miles-per-gallon.
While the G37S has enough seating positions for a small family, it is first and foremost a driver’s car. Redundant steering wheel controls and Bluetooth interface minimize distraction on crowded roads.
A mouse-type device controls some of the navigation functions. Analog audio and temperature controls in the center stack are easy to reach from either front seating position.
A locking glovebox provides secure storage inside the car. Four cupholders up front and two in the back are large enough for small water bottles.
A 12-volt power point recharges portable electronic devices. A USB port allows the driver to plug in a music stick. The audio upgrade includes a 9.3 gigabyte downloadable hard drive.
The optional power moonroof brings additional ambient light into the interior. Four overhead reading lamps illuminate the car at night.
Because of its tall floor tunnel the second row will me more comfortable for two passengers than three.
The sedan’s trunk is large enough to hold the weekly groceries, luggage or a couple of golf bags. A pass-through extends the cargo floor for larger items. Buyers who carry their bicycles on a regular basis would be better served by Infiniti’s EX, FX or QX models, with larger and more versatile cargo areas.
All models come with front, side and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, vehicle dynamic and traction control. The 2010 G37S is on display at Infiniti dealerships nationwide.
Likes: A stylish sport sedan with exceptional performance. The G37S is practical enough for the morning commute, with performance and handling to satisfy driving enthusiasts.
Model: G37S Journey
Base price: $34,450
As tested: $41,975
Horsepower: 328 Hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 269 lbs.-ft. @ 5200 rpm
Antilock brakes: Standard
Side curtain airbags: Standard
First aid kit: N/A
Bicycle friendly: No
Fuel economy: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Comments: Infiniti recommends the use of premium unleaded fuel.
One response to “2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan Journey”
ed-gomez September 10th, 2010 at 21:45
….jus got mine 4 days ago…G37 journey,
i love it…. jumps like a jack-rabbit.(when i need to get out of a lane…cruises like an eagle…..you sit like a lion king in the luxurious interior , quite and regal………….. try one……
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