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Cars of Summer: The Infiniti G37 Convertible Takes a Scenic Mountain Drive

For most people, summer is driving season -- day trips, road trips, drives to the beach, festivals, fairs, visiting friends and commuting in the bright sunshine. This summer, U.S. News is putting the cars we test through their summer paces and giving you tips and advice for making the most of your summer driving. In this installment, the Infiniti G37 Convertible takes a scenic drive in the mountains.

It’s just my luck that I would test the 2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible the week an earthquake and hurricane hit the East Coast. Luckily, after Hurricane Irene passed through the D.C. area Sunday morning, Mother Nature blessed me with an absolutely beautiful day to go for a drive.

Besides being ridiculously gorgeous inside and out, my fully-loaded Infiniti G37 Convertible was extremely fun to drive. I put the top down and headed out to the mountains of Virginia. Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive provided not only scenic views of the Virginia countryside, but it also gave me the perfect opportunity to see how the G37 Convertible handles on a twisty road.

Simply put, this rear-wheel drive car was made for winding roads. Its 3.7-liter V6 engine produces 325 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Every time I punched the gas pedal to go up a hill, the G37 responded with amazing power and a noticeable growl, which I loved. Its seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode shifted smoothly through the gears.

The G37 Convertible’s suspension provided a comfortable, yet sporty ride. Every time I took a turn, the G37 Convertible’s sport-tuned steering responded quickly and precisely.

After an afternoon of turns, twists and hills, it was time to head back down the mountain, which was equally enjoyable. The Infiniti G37’s brakes are strong without being grabby, which helped me slow the car to a more park ranger-friendly speed limit.

On the downside, the 2011 Infiniti G37 Convertible is not practical in any sense of the word. Although it technically has a trunk, you can’t fit anything larger than a small purse or briefcase in it, and its back seat isn’t big enough for actual human beings. You might be able to squeeze a small child or two back there, but it’s more useful as a cargo shelf since nothing fits in the trunk.

But if you’re in the market for a mid-life crisis car, or want something that not only turns heads but is incredibly fun to drive, you should definitely test drive the Infiniti G37 Convertible.

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