Infiniti G-Sedan Review

Infiniti G-Sedan Review

Originally, Infiniti's G sedan was not much more than a humble, rebadged Nissan that got some leather trim and a few extra features to become an Infiniti. It wasn't a convincing luxury car and it was indicative of a brand that didn't know what it was.

Then the G35 came along and not only did Infiniti now have an entry-level model that could take on the world's finest luxury sport sedans, it had a basis for which to establish its brand identity. A fun-to-drive personality, ample high-tech features, eye-catching styling and attractive pricing mark the Infiniti G sedan. As such, it ranks among the best choices in the segment and its long-standing popularity ensures plenty of good prospects for savvy used car shoppers.

Note that this model could potentially carry on with a new name, Q40, in the near future.

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The last-generation Infiniti G sedan (the fourth generation) was produced from 2007 through 2013. At first, it was only available as the G35. It then featured a 3.5-liter 306-horsepower V6, usually paired to a five-speed automatic. Trim levels consisted of base, Journey, x (AWD), Sport and Sport 6MT (six-speed manual). We found the latter transmission disappointing, as it was unrefined and sometimes difficult to drive smoothly. Rear-wheel drive was standard, while all-wheel drive was available and indicated with an "x".

The G37 and its accompanying 3.7-liter, 328-hp V6 debuted for 2009, as did a seven-speed automatic that was standard equipment on all but the Sport. The latter again came with a six-speed manual transmission. The following year brought subtle styling tweaks and some new navigation features. Although rare, some G sedans made between 2007 and '09 may have a then-optional four-wheel active steer system (4WAS). Reactions were mixed, though, with several drivers noting diminished steering feedback in so-equipped vehicles.

For 2011, the G25 debuted, offering a less-expensive, lesser-equipped entry into the G family. Produced just two years, the G25 had a 2.5-liter, 218-hp V6 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Buyers had a choice between standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive (G25x).

Standard features highlights typically included bi-xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, Bluetooth connectivity, power front seats, leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic climate control. As the years went on, more standard features, such as an iPod/USB audio interface and a rearview camera, were added. Sport trims featured a limited-slip differential, unique 18-inch wheels, summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, sport seats and design flourishes. Option highlights included a sunroof, rear parking sensors, a Bose stereo and a navigation system.

Inside the cabin the G boasted user-friendly controls, excellent build quality and a handsome design -- the latter highlighted by such items as the car's leather-accented magnesium transmission paddle shifters and Japanese "Shodo-brushstroke finish" aluminum trim (wood trim is optional). The front seats were comfortable and well-bolstered, and the available sport-styled seats offered even more aggressive bolstering, though they could be a bit too snug for larger drivers.

In reviews we found the Infiniti G sedan a well-balanced luxury sport sedan. Although there are plenty of creature comforts, it's the G's dynamic demeanor that has made it a standout among driving enthusiasts. Think of it as a world-class athlete in formal wear. The G's handling was praiseworthy, as it attacked curves with aggression and precision, yet remained poised and compliant when driven over broken pavement. Furthermore, the G37's rapid acceleration was rarely bested in this class.

Overall, any fourth-generation Infiniti G sedan stands shoulder to shoulder with anything in the entry-level luxury segment. Used car shoppers in the market for such a vehicle would be wise to put it at the top of their to-drive list.

The third-generation Infiniti G Sedan was introduced as the G35 and was produced from 2003-'06. It looked similar to its successor, but was more angular and, more notably, had a less luxurious interior with lower-quality materials. A less powerful V6, different chassis tuning and a less stiff structure also make it a less advanced driver's car, but for the time, it was tough to beat and a true performance bargain.

Originally, the G35 was available in one trim level until the all-wheel-drive model arrived for 2004. Its 3.5-liter V6 initially produced 260 hp, but it was bumped to 280 for '05. If you got the manual transmission, it got pumped up to 298. It should be noted, however, that G35s produced for '07 and later have slightly lower horsepower figures, but this was due to a change in SAE testing procedures -- actual output did not change.

Other than the myriad engine changes, there were other noteworthy updates made during this G35's lifetime. It received a new hood, grille, bumpers, side sills and taillights for '05, although it was hardly a revolutionary aesthetic difference. Inside, though, it benefited from a redesigned instrument panel and improved manual transmission with a lower shifting effort. Bluetooth arrived on all Gs for 2006.

In our reviews, we were quite fond of the third-generation Infiniti G. The sedan was a bargain-priced and roomier alternative to the BMW 3 Series. If there was one area of concern, it was the cabin's use of some cheap plastic trim and some unintuitive controls. One feature that was welcome, though, was the optional reclining rear seatbacks, which made it a top choice for backseat comfort.

The first- and second-generation Infiniti G Sedans sold in the 1990s were completely different animals than the subsequent rear-wheel-drive, high-performance breed. These compact, front-wheel-drive models dubbed G20 were unimpressive rebadged Japanese-market Nissans and were produced at a time when Infiniti hadn't established its current knack for creating fun-to-drive, value-oriented luxury sedans.

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