This G25 is not the rorty G sedan we've come to know and love over the past few years. Ironically, the smaller engine is not to blame. The 2.5-liter V-6 won't slay V-8-powered Camaros like the 3.7-liter V-6 will, but it provides more than enough punch for spirited driving. Unfortunately, this baby G isn't available with a sport suspension, only skinny, tallish all-season tires that rob the steering of its precision. Add in all-wheel-drive, and it's hard to tell this is basically the same vehicle that regularly slices and dices with the Audi S4 and BMW 335i. Both the A4 and the 328i do much better job preserving their brands' sporting characters at entry-luxury prices.
Of course, these are purely enthusiasts' concerns. As a luxury car, the G25 does much better. It's as comfortable, solid, stylish, and attractive as the G37, which is all that will matter to most buyers.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor