2007 Infiniti G35 Sport: We'd Better Not Hit Anything
August 02, 2007
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety just released a report about low-speed damage done to the bumpers of entry-level luxury sedans. Of the 11 vehicles tested, the Infiniti G35 performed the worst, with a total of $13,983 accumulated from four different tests. Those tests included full-width frontal and rear collisions at 6 mph, and front and rear corner collisions at 3 mph. In the full-width frontal (sounds fun under different circumstances), the G35 sustained $5,223 in damage, which was topped only by a last-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Damage to the G35's front corner was $1,321 more than the next sedan, while the rear corner was on par with several others. Full-width rear damage was also the highest, but only by $221.
In total, all of the luxury sedans did poorly in this test, as those sculpted bumpers dent and break easily. Considering the G35 got a "Good" rating (the best possible) in the IIHS' frontal offset crash testing, the Infiniti is certainly a safe car -- it's just a really expensive one should you inflict low-impact damage to it. Hopefully we'll never find out first-hand.
For more information on how the G35 and the other models performed, here is the full IIHS Press Release.
James Riswick, Associate Editor