Infiniti has come a long way in the span of a decade, and that journey is best seen in the Infiniti G Sedan. Originally, the letter G was attached to 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 -- fun-to-drive, and with ample high-tech features and eye-catching styling that didn't shy away from its Japanese heritage. Today, the Infiniti G Sedan is available in G25 and G37 models, both of which are among the best choices in the segment.
Current Infiniti G Sedan
The current Infiniti G Sedan is available in two models: G25 and G37. The numbers indicate their respective engines, one a 2.5-liter 218-horsepower V6 and the other a 3.7-liter 328-hp V6. A seven-speed automatic is standard equipment, but the G37 Sport 6MT model comes with a six-speed manual transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on both G's, and all-wheel drive is optional (indicated by an x -- G25x and G37x).
Every G Sedan comes well-equipped, even in base G25 form. Bi-xenon headlights, keyless ignition/entry, power front seats and leather upholstery are standard items that are often options on other luxury models. Stepping up to a G25 Journey trim brings with it automatic headlights, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat air vents, heated front seats, Bluetooth and an iPod/USB audio interface.
The G37 Journey includes all that, plus it's available with extra options like a Bose stereo and driver memory functions, along with a Sport package that includes a limited-slip differential, unique 18-inch wheels, summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension, bigger brakes, sport seats and design flourishes. The Sport 6MT model adds the manual transmission to all that.
The G Sedan's cabin features 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 are comfortable and well-bolstered, and the available sport-styled seats offer even more aggressive bolstering, though they may be a bit too snug for larger drivers.
So it definitely has the luxury part of the equation down, but it's the G's ability to be a dynamic driving machine that has made it a standout among driving enthusiasts as well. Think of it as a world-class athlete in evening wear. The G's handling is praiseworthy, as it attacks curves with aggression and precision, yet remains poised and compliant when driven over less than perfect pavement. The G25's power should be sufficient for most drivers, while the G37's rapid acceleration is rarely bested in this class.
Overall, the Infiniti G Sedan stands shoulder to shoulder with anything in the entry-level luxury segment. Consumers in the market for such a vehicle would be wise to put it at the top of their to-drive list.
Read the most recent 2013 Infiniti G Sedan review.
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