December 20, 2007
Directly below the slot of the CD player you see above you is the HVAC system for the beloved Infiniti G35 Sport. Southern California was afflicted with a particularly beguiling weather condition the last few days we believe you people call "rain," so frequently the interior of the car had to be defogged.
You hit the top defog button (front window), which curiously sets off the A/C, which you then turn off. I have a friend who swears that this actually works faster than just heat because it equalizes with the cold outside. But what it really made me think is, I really don't care for the buttons here. The blower is two buttons (up and down), and the temperature dials are like volume knobs and don't really have a tactile feel.
I love all the G35's modern conveniences: great nav, keyless ignition and entry, etc. But for climate control, give me old-fashioned knobs and sliders any day. In this instance, I think the Honda Fit has it beat.
November 27, 2007
Dear James of 300+ days from now,
If you should be planning on driving to Phoenix for Thanksgiving, please remember this year, which was only slightly less aggravating than listening to four hours of nothing but Fergie. Although you left at 1:30 p.m., it still took you four hours in near gridlock to reach Palm Springs. On Monday, it actually took you less time to reach Palm Springs from the opposite, twice-as-long direction.
However, be thankful that you won't be driving the Infiniti G35 Sport, a vehicle with a clutch only an American Gladiator could love. For the next few days, your left leg felt like you had been doing single leg calf raises for four hours -- because you basically were. On the upside, the clutch seemed a bit more compliant (the creaking was rare) after a few hundred miles and a few chilly nights outside in Phoenix.
Once you breached traffic, though, you finally got to enjoy the G35. Although you weren't thrilled with its front seat legroom/thigh support (the G37 is actually better), the seats were very comfortable and you had no aches or NPS (narcoleptic posterior syndrome). With its ample power, there's plenty of oomph available even in sixth, although there was nothing better than dropping down to fifth or even forth, and rocketing past a Tahoe indignantly blocking the left lane. The nav system also proved easy to program with voice commands and its real-time traffic proved helpful on the way back when you were decided whether to take I-10 or CA-60 (on the way there, traffic actually went beyond XM's traffic reporting range).
So please James, avoid a similar predicament and just celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. It's a good bet there'll be less traffic on October 13.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 13,187 miles
Here are some facts:
Time from LA to Phoenix on Wednesday: 7.5 Hours
MPG from LA to Phoenix: 19.4 mpg
Time from Phoenix to LA on Monday: 5 hours
MPG from Phoenix to LA: 23.3 mpg (fourth best tank thus far)
MPG for the entire trip: 23.0 mpg
EPA fuel economy: 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, 20 combined
November 07, 2007
Last night I had the unenviable task of getting from our offices in lovely Santa Monica clear across town to Silver Lake, during the oxymoronically named "rush hour." This endeavor involves no fewer than 3 freeways. So I wavered between two freeway routes and then ended up sticking with the one I always use. But in a discussion with techno whiz-kid Brian Moody, he suggested I see if our long-term 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport has real-time traffic.
It does. The "Info" button above led me to the top screen, from whence I got the below screen.
August 17, 2007
Others have written about how effective and user-friendly our 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan's navigation system is, and I share that sentiment. However, when I'm not in guidance mode, I find the map screen a bit distracting -- an issue I have with most other nav systems as well (I'm not a good multi-tasker).
For that reason, I prefer the G35's default split-screen audio and climate display. The typeface and symbols are large and easy to take in at a glance, thus minimizing the time I spend staring at the screen. The information presented is exactly the stuff I want to know -- CD album name, track title, elapsed track time, set temperature(s), fan mode. I also like having a digital clock readout as a supplement to the car's analog clock... I get a little obsessive about checking the time when I'm running late (almost always) so having multiple sources is a benefit for me.
Finally, I find the display attractive, almost soothing. The soft gray and orange background coordinates well with our G's black dash and metallic trim.
Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 8,425 miles
August 13, 2007
I try so hard to find fault with our 2007 Infiniti G35 Sport, but frankly, I keep finding more things to like about it. This weekend, I was driving through Malibu looking at houses for a possible short-term rental and rather than taking hastily explained directions over the phone, I at least partly relied on the G35's map. It includes the birds-eye function, which I think is just fantastic. It's possible that many nav systems have this function, but I am disinclined toward reading a nav-system manual that's longer than the one for the car itself. The G's is easy to figure out, and the birds-eye view affords one a view of a slowly unfolding landscape.
Later in the weekend I needed to find a particular gas station. Again, easy selection for the map to include gas stations, and it even highlighted the station types, so I was able to find my brand at a glance. I realize this is not a new feature. But the amazingly intuitive controls showed me how to quickly and painlessly select just that: show gas stations. Fantastic.
Doug Lloyd, Senior Copy Editor, @ 8,253 miles
June 25, 2007
Shortly after we received our long-term Infiniti G35, one of our readers asked to evaluate how much the armrest interferes with shifting the 6-speed manual. The answer is it doesn't interfere at all, which is good. But it's also not possible to rest your arm upon it, which is bad. Even with the seat all the way back, I had to reach my elbow back just to touch a corner. The 6MT G35 also has pretty lousy set of shallow square cupholders, which I'm not too worried about, but some may find it significant.
I also should update the situation I had with the G35's nav traffic feature. On a venture out to City of Industry, Calif., the nav traffic worked very well and was accurate by about a quarter of a mile predicting where traffic slowed. It seemed to show traffic flow on all highways, but as before, it failed to show traffic for a rather large strip on I-10 between I-405 and I-110 in Downtown LA. My guess iis that it's a problem with the XM traffic feed, not the car. I guess that strip is always so bad, reporting it seems redundant.
James Riswick, Associate Editor @ 6,153 miles
May 15, 2007
New Topic: optional Stereo - the sound is excellent, not quite up to Lexus Mark Levinson standards but still very good.
The Premium Package gets you the Infiniti Studio on Wheels Bose stereo and the optional nav package gets the hard drive with Gracenote software plus a compact flash card slot and XM NAVtraffic. Both packages run a little more than 2 grand each but audiophiles will call it money well spent. In fact if it were my money, I'd skip the Sport version and opt for the Journey, then add the nav and Premium package.