Bought first Infiniti after driving all comparable entry level luxury sedans. Expected to purchase new Lexus ES350,IS350,BMW 3-series or Accura TL. The new G35 addressed former interior design flaws with clean, upscale, functional controls. Seats comfortable and leather and trim match any car in class. The car stands out, however, in exterior styling and performance. It is truly a head- turner and I've actually grown tired of telling strangers what type of car it is...most believe it would cost $40- $50K. 306 hp rear-wheel drive in Journey model is responsive with a throaty sound better than competitors. Only the BMW 3 models compare in class and are not worth the extra $5-8K. Safe buy.
I first test drove the BMW 328XI and was impressed with its driving, handling, and exterior appearance. However, the interior of the vehicle was a disappointment. For a vehicle well over 40 grand the interior should be eye catching as well. Later that day I test drove the 07 Infiniti G35x which to me handled just as well as the BMW. The exterior of the Infiniti is just as impressive as the interior. I purchased it fully loaded for just over 40k. I got it in black with beige leather which I receive compliments all the time. BMW should take a lessons from Infiniti on interior. There is no comparison between the two. The 3.5L V6 (306 hp), blows BMW(230hp) away. BMW is in my rear view mirror.
I really dont understand some of you peoples gripes about this car. Tires and brakes worn out in less than a yr? Averaging 14mpg? Well how about you slow it down. Thats whats you can expect when your flooring it every time your behind the wheel. Even one person that complained about everything in regards to how the car looked inside. Well then why did you buy it. The appearance didnt change after you made your purchase did it? Quality on this car is top notch, its a nissan made vehicle of course. The ride feels extremely stable in all maneuvers. Yeah the average of about 18 to 20 mpg is a bit on the low side but when your pushing out 306hp what do you expect?
My 2006 Audi A4 3.2l was recently totaled. The new G35 was worth the wait. Interior and exterior quality of this car are superb and a significant improvement from the 2006 model. I was concerned that this vehicle would be a cheap "substitute" for the BMW or not live up to my Audi. NOT! In my opinion THIS car has now set the new standard, especially considering the outstanding features and cheaper price. This car is now unmatched: Fun to drive, great power, reliability, luxurious interior, tech options, AND less expensive... Negatives? While I personally would rank overall performance of the G35 best in the class, I would still rank steering precision 2nd to BMW. Fuel economy is so-so.
Pro's: driver & front passenger comfort, performance, styling, technology package, engine, transmission, air conditioning have been very reliable, backup camera, excellent control on rainy wet roads. Cons: trunk design and space, rear seat room and comfort, under sized brakes for performance capability of car, premium gas which is now a $.70 - $.90 penalty per gallon or added $15.00 cost per fill up, no USB PORTS in car, radio selection and programming is difficult, GPS upgrades unrealistically expensive, no one at any dealer has ever been able to explain how to use the SD media chip with the hard drive, front wheel bearings have failed along with both front left and right axle joint boots, have had electrical problems with right front lighting exceeding $1,200.00. Also have experienced increased road noise after 75,000 miles.
Awesome engine and quick-shifting autobox are rewarding on the dragstrip. This car is fun to drive, makes the right sounds. Just feels good.
Perfect pedal feel and travel. Stellar grip. Awesome braking.
Excellent grip and feel, but not really sensitive to throttle input at the limit. Can't feel rear steer on skid pad. In the slalom it feels like an R34 Skyline GT-R during oversteer through slalom. Fast. Intuitive. Confident.