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in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $18,428 - $31,023
Original MSRP: $32,000 - $58,000
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2011 Infiniti G 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 can’t match. 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 blue. Reviewers like the supportive front seats, but say the rear quarters of the G, especially coupes and convertibles, are not spacious. In-cabin electronics are user-friendly, but many are offered only in expensive options packages.   

  • "Sedans are unimpressive for overall space. Headroom and legroom are just OK."-- Consumer Guide
  • "Overall materials quality isn't exactly to Audi or Mercedes standards, but you are spending less money." -- Edmunds
  • "[t]he deep bucket seats, with adjustable lateral bolsters in the cushion and the seatback, do a great job holding you in place." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The five-place G37 cabin, with form-fitting seats and lots of electronic gizmos, is an artful design trimmed in leather with aluminum accents." -- AutoGuide.com

Seating

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 even 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.

Car seat installation is fairly simple and quick, with easily accessed LATCH connectors, but even in the sedan, three car seats will not fit across the rear seats. Convertibles, parents should note, lack upper tether anchors.

  • "Sedans are unimpressive for overall space. Headroom and legroom are just OK." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are comfortable and well-bolstered, while the available sport-styled seats offer even more aggressive bolstering, though they may be a bit too snug for larger drivers." -- Edmunds
  • "the deep bucket seats, with adjustable lateral bolsters in the cushion and the seatback, do a great job holding you in place." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

While some sport-focused luxury sedans offer fairly Spartan interiors – take, for example, the BMW 3-Series – the G wins points with reviewers for its more well-balanced nature. Much of the in-cabin technology available for the G 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.

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. That’s actually good news. Most reviewers say these systems needlessly complicate simple controls, and some praise the G 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.  

  • 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
  • "Otherwise, the IPL's equipment list is equivalent to a contemporary G37 fitted with Premium, Sport and Navigation packages. In other words, the IPL G Coupe is loaded." -- Autoblog
  • "The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The G37 offers user-friendly controls, excellent build quality and a handsome design -- the latter highlighted by such items as the car's leather-accented magnesium shift paddles" -- Edmunds

Cargo

The three G body styles vary widely in cargo capacity. The G sedan offers a 13.5 cubic foot trunk – close to the class average. 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, which is a significant gap. The rear seats fold down in one piece, however, to expand trunk volume but then you lose the small back seat. The convertible offers a small trunk even by convertible standards. When the top is down, it’s virtually useless since it only has 1.99 cubic feet. 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.

  • 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

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