2008 Infiniti G35 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Infiniti G35 was new.
The 2008 Infiniti G sedan receives high marks for its interior. Automobile Magazine says last year's redesign brought the G up to its class' standards: "Although not as oft-praised as Audi or Lexus, Infiniti interior are certainly in the same league." Though the G35 can seat five, four passengers will be more comfortable.
The Auto Channel characterizes the interior as having "a sophisticated, luxury finish with Japanese cues and a warm, inviting feel." New Car Test Drive enjoyed the way the interior enhances the driving experience, saying, "there's luxury aplenty, but tempered by a focus on function, on connecting the driver to the car while at the same time providing passengers a pleasant and comfortable environment and entertaining diversions." Though there are slight differences in the interiors of the various G trim levels, in "terms of interior comfort and presentation, it hardly matters which one you select. All have supple leather seats. All have impeccable fit and finish," says the .
For the driver, seating in the G sedan is comfortable. "One Infiniti G35 hallmark is the driving position, close to the windshield with a commanding forward view," says CNET. Overall, most reviewers agreed with Car and Driver's comments on the G's "great seats." MSN adds, "front seats offer good support, particularly in the Sport version."
Reviews of the backseat are mixed. The Car Connection reports, "you actually can seat four in the new G35 without feeling like you've violated the Geneva Convention's torture rules for those in the back." A few reviewers felt the seating favored lean bodies but cramped more robust people, and says "rear legroom is 2 or 3 inches shy of comfortable." Still, Motor Trend says the G "remains roomier than the 3 Series by a couple inches in front head- and legroom and a tenth in all rear-seat dimensions."
The G35's interior comes with enough standard features to please buyers' rear ends and the wallets they sit on. All G35s come with standard leather upholstery; automatic climate control; power driver and front passenger seats; power windows, door locks and mirrors; a trip computer; a seven-inch center-dash LCD monitor; aluminum trim; and keyless ignition. Despite all the standards and the high-tech options, the interior features aren't perfect. CNET noticed "really odd quirks in its cabin electronics," particularly the voice command systems. "We can live with using only voice commands for our phones, but the car makes selecting satellite radio stations tedious," it says.
Stereo and Entertainment
The base sound system is an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary audio input. It features an in-dash single-CD player. New Car Test Drive says the base system "is competitive with that in any luxury sedan." However, a standout option is the upgraded stereo, the Bose Studio on Wheels. Motor Trend says the upgrade (part of the Premium Package) "stereo might drive sales of the Premium package even higher," and New Car Test Drive says the upgraded system "delivers a richer, fuller, more intricate and crisper sound than many mega-buck home stereos." Still, CNET says the upgraded stereo "doesn't give a complete surround-sound effect."
Trunk space in the G sedan is 13.9 cubic feet, large enough for everyday use but not enough room to haul a family of four's luggage on a weeklong vacation. Autobytel reports, "The G35's trunk opening is on the small side, but the liftover height is reasonably low." Many reviewers felt Nissan missed out on a chance to increase cargo space. Cars.com explains, "The G35's backseat doesn't fold to extend the trunk forward, which is a disappointment."