We owned this car for three years and absolutely loved the exterior design. I think it's one of the most beautiful cars on the road. However, there were some major issues that start with cheap materials. The cheap plastics in the dash and door panels do not befit a car selling for 50 large. The leather seat material was far less opulent than my Hyundai Genesis, when the doors close you cannot reach the seat adjuster without scratching the aluminum trim on the doors. Build quality was poor. Rubber weatherstripping squeezing out from trim, rattles when top up ands zero trunk space with top down. This is a $30K car with the top chopped off and $23K added to the price. Period.
Handling was superb, Body styling was right up there with the best.
I think it's the nicest looking of all the convertibles with the top down.
Top up, it's rear end didn't look like it needed to spend time at the gym like most hardtop convertibles.
Loved its sound and corner carving abilities.
But most of all it was the sensuous body that had us sold on it.
Materials, Materials, Materials.
The cheap leather, the cheap plastics and the cheap carpet are not befitting a $54,000 car.
(See Audi A5) The designers were very short sighted when thinking through some of the issues.
You cannot adjust the seats at all with the doors closed without scratching the aluminum door trim if you are a woman because your ring cannot miss the aluminum no matter how hard you try.
The seat belts were always getting caught in the doors because there isn't a useful retractor.
The leather loop holding the seat belt is ruined after 10K miles.
The finish on the steering wheel rubs off with the least amount of contact.
I spent a long time doing research on my next car (4 years) each time I took a car that meet my requirements out on a test drive I was disappointed. I wanted something sporty that wasn't just a flat out race car. BMW got really close. But considering that I got my Infiniti for $45k, when a similarly equipped BMW would have cost $65K, I'm rather happy with how everything turned out.
Takes corners like a dream, jumps off the line great.
I like how you can turn the traction control completely off.
The intelligent cruise control, and automatic wipers are just those little touches that make the car feel like your really living in the future.
The convertible top sometimes have a small rattle, nothing a little music can't drone out.
Still its something that should not happen to a new car.
Also I would like it if the Sport mode would keep the car in a lower gear so that power is always ready.
I purchased the G37 Convertible new in November, 2009, and now have ~14k miles on it. Unlike most hard top convertibles, it looks great top up and top down. The car is an absolute blast to drive when the weather is sunny and one can take the top down. With the top up, it is a mediocre performer due to the weight of the retractable top and structural reinforcements. Creature comforts are great - the ventilated seats, iPod Integration, Bluetooth and Bose Audio System - make the car very liveable on a daily basis. Due to the styling, there is limited storage space in the trunk and car. I highly recommend the air deflector for the car - it makes a big difference at highway speeds (70mph+)
Convertible - Let the sun shine in.
All is good in the world when the weather is pleasant.
Styling - The car looks great top up or top down.
The interior is also nicely styled and well crafted.
Convertible Comforts - Infiniti really thought about what will make a convertible more comfortable for the driver.
They include ventilated seats, bluetooth that still sounds great at over 80 mph and a Bose stereo with speakers in the headrests.
Performance - The 3.7 liter engine can move the car pretty quickly, particularly when passing.
Value - The car is very competitively priced in the class.
Although not cheap, the G37 is significantly less expensive than its competitors.
Weight - The G37 Convertible drives like a G37 Coupe with a Sumo Wrestler in the back seat.
The extra weight of the roof and structural reinforcements really take their toll on handling and fuel efficiency.
Fuel Economy - Big engine + heavy weight = low fuel economy.
My city driving is typically around 16mpg.
I have gotten 27 on the Freeway with the top up and long distances.
I typically get about 19mpg.
Storage Space - The trunk storage with the top down is abysmal - about 2 very oddly shaped cubic feet.
The in-cabin storage is also pathetic - I can barely hold a pair of sunglasses and iPod in the center console bin.