Tested IS-250, ES-350, BMW 328i, Acura TL and Maxima.
Really depends on what you like.
All cars were nice, but G37 was the most fun and overall best to drive.
Only down side is yes it is a little small inside if you are in the back seat, but I didn't plan to ride in the back while driving my car.
It compares nicely against the 328i and is more bang for the buck.
TL came in 2'nd for me as it felt just a little too big and bulky when cornering.
Stilll a good choice though again depending on the ride you are looking for.
Averaging 23.5 in mixed 50/50 driving
Prior had 08 G35xS.
Bulletproof reliability and loved the car overall.
MPG's were not the best and some road/wind noise.
Recently stepped into a 12 G37xS.
Even though they look similar, a lot of smaller improvements to make car even better.
I am also avg. 3mpg better doing same drive.
Writing this for anyone looking for a great used car value that appreciates sporty sedan vs. a Camry/Accord.
Probably still the best overall value in a 4dr. sports sedan with AWD.
Road/Wind noise improved on G37 and much quieter on Hwy. with 7spd auto vs 5spd as engine revs are lower.
Suspension seems better over bumps vs. G35 and more solid.
Steering lightened up some at low speeds vs. G35.
***update*** still have the car. Anytime I look at something to buy I keep the G. While not the largest or most practical, it still seats four adults comfortably, get pretty decent mpg and is bullet proof on reliability. I have had zero issues with car on 60k of miles. Any Nissan dealer can service these cars too. I routinely get 27mpg on highway at 75mph which I think is great for a 328hp AWD car. Really my only big complaint is not being able to fold down rear seats when needed for larger/longer objects. The car has aged well as it basically is the design from 2007. I still get people complementing the design of the car today.
After 3yrs of pining and researching and pouring over reviews of the Lexus and Audi, my husband suggested this car and the decision was made and purchased within 24 hours.
I hadn't considered Infiniti at all but when my husband and I saw the Spring Event Sale, I went the next day to view it.
Long story short, I loved it from the start.
It's sexy, fast, comfortable, and great buy and the sound system is awesome!
My husband now calls me a "Thumper" b/c I all of a sudden like my music with a lot of bumping bass.
I got this car for my 40th birthday and I really couldn't be happier!
Everyday I fall more in love with this car. The best part is I don't see my car at every turn/light!
Pros : power + , bose sysyem with streaming audio , navigation , interior design , price compared to others in it's class.
Cons : Transmission hesitates or delays , back seat only good for kids , gas milage is just ok
Let me start by saying, " this is a nice car" the build quality seems very good. The power is beyond great, and the bose system has a bass filled beat that will keep up with any. You can stream music from your phone without pluging it in (love it) flip through the songs on your phone, look at your address book on the dislay, control it all with your hands on the wheel. Also you can burn your cd's or store phone numbers on the built in hard drive.
Previously owned a 2003 e39 BMW and made the switch to Infiniti after that car was totalled by a reckless driver. A lot of what drove me to the G in particular was it's similarities to my prior car, RWD (the G37x is RWD unless you're slipping, then AWD), power, a non-CVT transmission, and refinement. I like the AWD capability if I need it, but really enjoy receiving my power from the back end the majority of the time. Car will not slip in the rain no matter how hard you damper the pedal in AWD only mode. Had moderate snow last year, it plows through even with old tires.
The G so far for me has been a pleasure to own. After working out some kinks that were covered under warranty, I have yet to spend a dime outside of oil and filter changes. I may need a new bearing, but it will be covered under my remaining CPO powertrain warranty. Overall, nothing out of the ordinary and no nagging unknowns.
Car currently has 63k on the odo, and I bought it with 44k. I have many 3-4 hour trips and a 12 hour ride on the odo so far, along with daily commute.
Everything is great outside of very low speed bumper to bumper traffic. The 7spd transmission is a bit cumbersome at very low speeds (0-15mph) during traffic. The cabin and driver's position really lends you to feel confident driving it. Great visibility, and the feedback on the wheel allows you to "feel" the road. The steering is crisp and has great radius. The weight of the car causes a bit of "rolling" in corners, but I upgraded to sportier all season tires (in lieu of some softer/plusher all seasons) and it nearly eliminated roll, even at 80+ mph. In an emergency situation while traveling 70mph, I had to jam on the brakes and even while sliding I felt in full control (made it out of that situation just fine, there was a huge blown out truck tire in the road I didn't see until I was right in front of it). I could be 300lbs and 6'4 and feel comfortable in the car. Currently 220 and 6'2. I'd say the car fits 4 very comfortably, without the rear passengers sacrificing any leg room.
Main downside is the low-end torque. The engine has great HP, but the low end torque doesn't match the high rev power (I think it's related to the 7 speed transmission, it likes to ride in the high gears to conserve fuel). Kind of a character flaw if you will, doesn't degrade from the overall goal I had when originally purchasing and knew this going into the purchase. For example, on the highway and cruising at 45mph, when you are looking for power it takes a second to drop down a couple gears as it likes to ride in gears 6 or 7. Once obtained, more than enough power to jump into the fast lane.
Overall, the value is the best aspect on the car for what you're getting. The power, interior, exterior, options (when purchased used), are all accounted for for the least cost. Couple sacrifices being the torque rating, engine noise at high revs, build quality (don't confuse with engine reliability). Build quality can be seen in the door panel fastening, seat fastening/flimsiness, and materials used. As a tip, A couple I looked at gave off a rather strong oil smell from under the hood with very few miles, which led me to believe a lot of the used cars weren't broken in properly (manual states driver must not exceed 4k rpm during first 4k miles). Generally, the used sport models were beat up, at 35k miles and above. This could have been somewhat related to them sitting on the lot, but either way, the one I settled on didn't have this problem.
Some caveats: Tons of different options and packages and the pricing was not very indicative of what options the car was sold with, so it paid to do homework on what I wanted. I was looking for all the options outside of sport model, as it was more aesthetic changes than anything else (the sport model had slightly larger brakes, which results in higher bills when they need to be replaced). The premium package (including sun roof), and 18" wheels were a must, I don't like the 17" wheels for some reason even though they are only an inch smaller. Also I feel the wood grain interior is a must as the aluminum didn't seem to match the rest of the vehicle IMO.