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in 2012 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,407 - $34,045
Original MSRP: $33,100 - $51,700
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2012 Infiniti G37 Interior

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If passenger space and trunk room are important to you, the Infiniti G lacks both. Other upscale midsize cars, like the Hyundai Genesis and Lincoln MKZ have more room. Despite its small interior and trunk, test drivers like the Infiniti G’s interior tech features. They say they are more intuitive than many rivals and are much more user-friendly. The G gets strong marks for its high-quality materials and excellent build quality.   

  • "The stylish, well-built cabin boasts user-friendly high-tech features along with a long list of available comfort and luxury items." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin assembly quality and most interior materials are on target for the class, with real aluminum or wood trim available." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

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Seating

The 2012 Infiniti G has leather seats as standard equipment, while rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class come standard with high-end “leatherette” vinyl seats and offer leather seats as an optional feature. Heated front seats come with most higher trim levels on all G models. Test drivers say that the front seats in all G models are generally comfortable and roomy. They have virtually no positive remarks for the back seats, especially in coupe and convertible models. Small kids may fit back there, but don’t expect to comfortably put an adult in the back seat.

  • “The G37 sedan seats five, though the rear center position is uncomfortable." -- Cars.com (sedan)
  • "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). The backseat is essentially useless for normal-sized adults, even compared to other convertibles. That's especially true with the retractable hardtop in place." -- Edmunds (convertible)
  • "Sedans are unimpressive for overall space. Headroom and legroom are just OK. … In the coupe, the front seats power forward and back to ease entry and exit, but twisting is still required to enter the 2nd row. Once situated, the rear seat is quite an unpleasant place to be. Even kids will feel cramped." -- Consumer Guide (sedan and coupe)

Interior Features

The 2012 Infiniti G comes with standard features that are less than what other upscale midsize cars offer. Satellite radio is the only major feature that is standard, but an iPod jack comes standard on higher-level models. Features like Bluetooth aren’t standard on the base sedan and coupe models, but convertible, IPL G coupe and G37 sedan models have it standard. For the full list of standard and optional features, see the 2012 Infiniti G specs.

Despite the G’s lack of numerous standard tech features, auto critics like the interior controls because they are easy to use and don’t over-complicate things. They particularly like the optional Bose sound system, especially in the convertible.

  • "G37 has a 7-inch dashboard screen with or without navigation, and many functions work through controls mounted horizontally below the screen. The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The G benefits from Infiniti's user-friendly electronics. The iPod interface, standard on all but the base G25, is among the best available, while the myriad audio, climate and navigation controls are easy to decipher. The available Bose stereo is particularly impressive as well." -- Edmunds
  • “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 (convertible)

Cargo

The 2012 Infiniti G sedan has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. The coupe has 7.4 cubic feet of cargo room, while the convertible has 10.3 cubic feet available with the top up and only 1.99 cubic feet with the top down. Reviewers say both the G coupe and convertible have trunks that are impractical and minuscule. The G sedan only has a center pass-through for long items, which limits its storage capacity. Coupe models have a back seat that folds down in one piece, which helps increase its cargo area. The G convertible’s back seat doesn’t fold down at all.

  • "The trunk is capable of holding a pair of golf bags with the roof raised, but you'd be hard-pressed to fit a tissue box when it's lowered. Other retractable hardtops restrict cargo capacity, but not to this degree." -- Edmunds (convertible)
  • "Sedans have fairly small trunks, and only have a small center pass through for longer items. … Coupes have a one-piece folding seat back, but the cargo area is small and very shallow." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (convertible)

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