2007 Infiniti G35 Sport: Dream Car - Sort of...
July 16, 2007
I used to dream of owning a car like the Infiniti G35.
Some time ago, I was broke and could only drive cars that were handed down to me. These cars were slow, lumbering beasts that were frustrating to drive. So I often dreamed of piloting something sleet and fast with a tight stick shift.
As I drove our long term G35 for the first time, this forgotten power lust came back to me. Now, I was finally behind the wheel of power, style and status. How did I like it?
Well, I won't bore you with my reaction to the clutch, which has been adequately covered in earlier posts. Once I had the thing launched it drove like that dream I often had. I found my normal passive driving style suddenly altered into a hard-charging lane changer, flooring it into openings and always hungry for open lanes. But at the end of my three days in this car I was kind of done with it. I don't need a cardiac event every time I get behind the wheel. Sometimes I just want to get there and think about something else during the journey.
But I did love the interior, the look of the center console and the feel of the leather seats. The car is handsome without being to ostentatious -- just my style. And, as my time in the G35 progressed, I came to really like the look of the spoked wheels. If I had this kind of money, and still had a yearning for my dream car, I'd probably take this over a BMW. I'm not saying it is a superior car, just that it suits me better.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Consumer Advice Editor