So, what makes this G37 an Anniversary Edition? Well, it has a Premium package, a navigation package, a sport package, and four-wheel active steering. It also has a new exterior color that most of us would call gray but Nissan calls Graphite Shadow. Its interior is leather, colored Monaco Red. (We've had lots of cars with red leather interiors lately, and I have to say that they don't really float my boat, but this one is well-executed.)
This generation of the Infiniti G was an Automobile Magazine All-Star back in 2007 and 2008, and it's still plainly clear why we loved the car so much back then: It's stylish, luxurious, quick, and handles very well at a price of entry far below that of the BMW 335i.
I was lucky enough to nab the G37 Anniversary Edition for a long weekend so I got to spend some quality time behind the wheel. The chassis is excellent; the steering has nice feel and is perfectly weighted -- I actually prefer it to the benchmark BMW 3-series -- and the ride is firm but rarely brittle even on Detroit's cracked and crumbling roads. I was disappointed by the G's engine and transmission though. Under normal driving conditions, they work in concert quite well: the engine provides plenty of power and the 7-speed automatic shifts quickly and almost imperceptibly. But under hard acceleration such as highway merging, the engine sounds like it's screaming for mercy and the 7-speed automatic's downshifts turn somewhat violent.
I'm with Jen and Rusty: I like the red leather seats, which are a nice break from all the black and tan and gray interiors we see.
Because the arena of rear-wheel-drive sport sedans is so very competitive, cars in this segment typically age in dog years, but the Infiniti G37 remains as compelling as it was when it debuted. Part of that, of course, has to do with the fact that this isn't the same car that launched in 2007. The engine has more power, and the automatic has gained two more speeds. The latter improvement only strengthens my opinion that the two-pedal G is the right way to go, as the six-speed manual offered for the car isn't particularly good and allows more of the VQ engine's harshness into the cabin. Even with the new transmission, the powertrain is this car's clear weak point. Sure, it can keep up with a BMW 335i or Audi S4 on a drag strip, but in terms of everyday refinement, it lags considerably. That's too bad, because the G is as good or better in every other dynamic department. I particularly like the way Infiniti has split the difference between BMW and Audi's approach to power assisted steering, resulting in a wheel that's lighter than that in the 3-series without feeling over boosted or artificial.
The Infiniti G37 is Japan's one luxury sedan that can stand up to the Germans. While Acura and Lexus favor luxury and comfort, Infiniti sides with sport. The G37 delivers with excellent steering and handling and engine that is plenty powerful, if not the most refined. While the G37 has aged well, the functional interior is lacking from an aesthetic standpoint. From the driver's seat, my chief complaints, though, are sometimes questionable shift quality and the dubious value of four-wheel steering.
2010 Infinti G37 sedan Journey Anniversary Edition