2007 Infiniti G35 Long-Term Road Test


2007 Infiniti G35 Sport: Ergonomic Notes

October 29, 2007

With the clutch pedal groaning like the creaking door at the start of M.J.'s "Thriller" (how appropriate with Halloween approaching), I left the Edmunds' garage with the G35 S. I agree with everyone else who has griped about it. Whoever gave this pedal the green light should be sentenced to doing daily (left) leg presses on a dilapidated, creaky workout machine (like the ones you see in hotel "fitness centers").

But apart from that, I really enjoyed driving the G35. I didn't have any trouble enacting smooth take-offs or gear changes, and of course ya gotta like the powerful V6. Some folks may find the steering effort too heavy, but I tend to prefer some heft in the wheel.

I did notice a couple of ergonomic missteps: the one-size square cupholders that don't have the flexible rubber inserts to snugly hold cups (and they're also too small to double as a handy wallet holder) and the scooped-out exterior door handles. Judging by the scratches I saw on the latter, it seems that one of two things happened: Either Catwoman has joined our staff, or some of the ladies here are having clearance problems with their fingernails. On an up note, I appreciated that the instruments move with the steering wheel when it's adjusted, though this isn't the first car to have this (remember the '86 Mazda RX-7 or '88 Ford Probe?).


John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,161 miles.

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