2010 Infiniti G37 Interior
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Most entry-level luxury cars offer comfortable cabins with extensive technology features, but reviewers say the G37 does it with a sense of style competitors have trouble matching. Its ergonomic layout is comfortable for most drivers, and the cabin features a unique design theme. The curvaceous dashboard wraps around driver and passenger. The standard aluminum trim is textured to resemble Japanese rice paper, while gauges and knobs are backlit in cool blue. Rosewood trims is available as an option. Reviewers like the supportive front seats, but say the rear quarters of coupes and convertibles are small. In-cabin electronics are user-friendly, but many are offered only in expensive options packages.
- “Cabin assembly quality and most interior materials are on target for the class, with real aluminum or wood trim available. Convertible-exclusive exterior color and interior materials packages add different types of wood and metal trim." -- Consumer Guide
- "The interior does its part to make driving enjoyable." -- Newsday
- "A cockpit-oriented layout that envelops passengers." -- Motor Trend
- The G37 "still doesn't have quite the top-shelf refinement of the BMW." -- Los Angeles Times
Auto writers like the standard seats found in the front of all Infiniti G37 models. They offer a nice balance of long-ride comfort and grip for hard cornering, but available sport seats are more supportive.
The sedan’s rear seats are adequate for adults, with more rear head- and hiproom (but a bit less legroom) than a Lexus ES. The Coupe’s rear quarters are a tighter fit, with a smaller back seat than that found in the BMW 3-Series coupe. Convertibles are substantially narrower in the back – realistically, G37 convertibles aren’t suitable for travelling with adults in the rear seats. Those who want the option of carrying four adults with the top down should consider a Volvo C70 or Lexus IS convertible. Reviewers do note, however, that passengers in the back of a convertible G37s face less buffeting from wind than those in most droptops.
Carseat installation is fairly simple and quick, with easily accessed LATCH connectors, but even in the sedan, three carseats will not fit across the rear seats. Convertibles, parents should note, lack upper tether anchors.
- "Cushy seats are comfortable and supportive. The seats in Sport models have additional side bolstering to keep occupants planted in fast cornering…The convertible's cooled seats are an added comfort.." -- Consumer Guide
- "Competing German sport coupes have much more accommodating interiors, including considerably more spacious back seats." -- Forbes
- The backseat of the coupe is "OK in a (literal) pinch." -- Boston Globe
- "Even the tallest drivers will enjoy an excellent driving position and the generous range of the telescoping steering column. After 2,300 miles, this intrepid traveler felt no need to rush to the chiropractor. About the only gripe we have concerns the bottom seat cushion, as its supportive bolsters make it a little narrow." -- Edmunds
- "Front sport seats were very comfortable and did a good job of supporting us as my driving partner and I took turns flinging the G into the corners of the spectacular winding roads we found ourselves on." -- The Family Car
- "On the upside, the G37 advances the art of keeping the air out of an open-air car." -- Los Angeles Times
While some sport-focused luxury sedans offer fairly Spartan interiors (the BMW 3-Series, for instance, is extraordinary for drivers but fairly dull for passengers), the G wins points with reviewers for its more well-balanced nature. Much of the in-cabin technology available for the G37 comes in the form of added-cost options, or included in expensive option packages. But auto writers like what is available. The optional navigation system, with real-time traffic, is a reviewer favorite. An optional “Studio on Wheels” Bose stereo system, available on coupe and sedan versions also impresses. Audiophiles should note that the Hyundai Genesis is also available with an exceptional stereo – one that may top even Infiniti’s offering.
Convertible G37s get their own unique stereo option. The Bose Open Air Sound System places speakers in the front headrests with active noise cancellation technology that helps to prevent wind noise from interfering with the stereo’s sound. Reviewers love it, but it isn’t cheap; it comes as part of a Premium Package that adds more than $3,000 to the cost of the car.
Infiniti does not offer a user-interface device that controls all climate and audio functions, like the Mercedes-Benz COMAND system or BMW’s iDrive. Reviewers tend to call such systems gimmicks that needlessly complicate simple controls, and some praise the G37 because it doesn’t offer one. Each climate and entertainment system has its own controls, and though adding the navigation system does add a somewhat iDrive-like knob, it doesn’t eliminate the other controls, giving the driver a choice of how to adjust each setting.
- "The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it. The main gauge cluster moves with the tilt steering wheel." -- Consumer Guide
- "The available Premium package includes adaptive climate control that adjusts heating and air conditioning levels depending on speed, roof position and outside temperature (there are also heated and cooled seats). Also included is the Bose Open Air Sound System, with speakers built into the front headrests and active noise cancellation." -- Los Angeles Times
- In the Convertible, “The headrest-mounted speakers make it possible to leave the stereo at a normal volume with the top down, so conversations with a passenger don't become a shouting match.” -- Automobile Magazine
The three G37 body styles vary widely in cargo capacity. The G37 sedan offers a 13.5 cubic foot trunk – close to the class average, though those wanting more storage space should consider the Audi A4 as well. The G37 coupe's trunk is one of the smallest found on any entry-level luxury coupe. At just 7.4 cubic feet, it trails the BMW 3-Series coupe by almost four cubic feet. The rear seats fold down in one piece, however, to expand trunk volume into the small back seat. The convertible offers a small trunk even by convertible standards – when the top is down, it’s virtually useless. Shoppers interested in a hard top convertible with a useful trunk have two better options in this class – the Lexus IS convertible, and the Volvo C70.
- “Sedans have fairly small trunks, and only have a small center pass through for longer items. Coupes have a one-piece folding seatback, but the cargo area is small and very shallow. Convertibles don't have a standard spare tire and only a small, shallow area is open for cargo in the trunk when the top is down. Top up trunk space is greater, but still sacrifices a few cubic feet of space for the top mechanism; room greatly shrinks with the top down, so pack carefully. Interior small-item storage space is just fair" -- Consumer Guide
- In the coupe, one's "first impression of the shallow trunk is that a case of beer might risk getting crushed (it doesn't)." -- Car and Driver
- "The G's trunk, on the other hand, is comically tiny. Case in point: one of our gophers left a button-up shirt in the trunk, and it took up pretty much all of the space when the top was down.” -- Automobile Magazine