Although the gearbox in the G37 sedan doesn't require quite as much force as our Four Seasons coupe's did, it still is too notchy and labor-intensive to operate. Clutch take-up is much less ambiguous, though, which makes the first-to-second shift that was such a jerky undertaking in our coupe a little less so in the sedan.
The steering feel is near perfection and is by far the best attribute of this car. Like the shifter action, it has been lightened slightly when compared with the coupe. It is communicative and direct and perfectly weighted. While BMW steering is generally considered the benchmark, for everyday driving I prefer the G37 sedan's steering. It's a little lighter at low speeds making the car easier to maneuver in parking lots, etc. I also prefer the G37 sedan's steering wheel to BMW's absurdly overplumped steering wheels. A little texture in the form of light suede would be a nice tactile addition to the steering wheel, though.
Since the creation of the sexy G37 coupe, the sedan seems to have become less and less attractive; perhaps this is to differentiate it from its svelte sibling? The protruding taillights give the car an unfortunate Toyota-like rear profile.
While I agree that the adjustability of the new seat-heater dials is a welcome addition, their design looks like an afterthought. Aesthetically, I preferred the previous toggle switches because they were flush with the dash surface and looked more integrated into the overall interior design. Although, admittedly, they were also not ideal and the orange backlighting was straight from a Nissan. A minor complaint in an otherwise well-thought out interior environment.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor