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.)
Also included in the Anniversary G37 are special wheels, a black grille, and a unique front spoiler. All of this is an effort to make this edition the sportiest of all G37s.
And sporty it is, with a 328-hp V-6 and a seven-speed automatic transmission. I especially like the extra-large shift paddles located on the steering column, which make it easy to grab the right gear no matter the position of the steering wheel.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor
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.
Since the G’s debut a few years back, it has been updated with a 3.7-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic, both of which enhance its sportiness even further, particularly with the help of the column-mounted shift paddles that Amy mentioned. She wasn’t so keen on this anniversary edition’s bold red seats, but I think they look great, particularly with the slightly understated exterior paint. The front seats have adjustable side bolsters that only increase the feeling of comfortable sportiness exuded by Infiniti’s most popular sedan.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
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.
Like Rusty, I actually really like the muted red leather on the seating surfaces although I’m not sure I would be daring enough to order them for fear that I would tire of them pretty quickly. The cabin is comfortable and nicely laid out and the driver’s seat feels as if it were made for me. Despite a few faults, from behind the wheel and aesthetically, the G37 is a world-class luxury sports sedan that all but the most demanding enthusiasts would enjoy.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
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.
We are all of like mind on the steering wheel paddles: fixed placement on the steering column is ideal and means they are exactly where you can find them when you need them. Seems obvious, but even Porsche doesn’t do this right.
I also had the G37 for a long weekend and put several hundred mostly freeway miles on it. I found it comfortable, very composed, very responsive, very enjoyable. As Jen points out, the engine sounds coarse when you push it, and that is this car’s major downfall when compared with the silky, refined engines you get in a BMW.
Other than that, there’s little about the G37’s dynamics to fault.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor
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 interior looks pretty much the same as in earlier G37s we’ve driven, and remains one of my favorites for its excellent telematics and high-quality materials. Count me in with the group that loves the red leather surfaces.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
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.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
2010 Infinti G37 sedan Journey Anniversary Edition
Base price (with destination): $44,215
Price as tested: $44,585
3.7-liter V-6 engine
7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
Monaco red leather-appointed seats
XM satellite radio
Infiniti hard drive navigation system
Touch screen DVD playback
Streaming audio via Bluetooth
XM traffic and weather
9.3GB music box hard drive
Power sliding/tinted glass moonroof
Premium Bose audio system
Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
Rear sonar system with camera and bird-view
Four-wheel active steering
Traction control system
Vehicle dynamic control
Tire pressure monitoring system
Front chin and rear deck lid spoilers
Options on this vehicle:
R Spec high friction brake pads — $370
Key options not on vehicle:
19 / 27 / 22 mpg
Size: 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 328 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Curb weight: 3613 lbs
Wheels/tires: 18-inch aluminum wheels
225/50R18 front; 245/45R18 rear Bridgestone Potenza performance tires