2011 Infiniti G Review

2011 Infiniti G - The 2011 Infiniti G is a top luxury/high-performance sedan.


The "G" sedan from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division compares favorably with top  sports/luxury sedans.

The 2011 G sedan comes as the G37 with a 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 328 horsepower or as the new G25, which has a 2.5-liter V-6 with 218 horsepower. That engine is from Nissan's Japanese-market Skyline model.

The G25 has the same exterior, interior and chassis as the G37, which means it has the same slick body but low front end that can be damaged by high curbs if a driver isn't

The G25 does 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds. That's hardly crawling, but is nearly two seconds slower to 60 than the thundering G37, which has a great exhaust sound under full throttle.  

The G25 sedan lists from $32,000 to $35,000, while the G37 four-door costs from $35,800 to $44,70. Both are offered with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Rivals include the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Cadillac CTS, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class-all heavy hitters.

The G sedan (coupe and convertible "G" models also are offered) has many comfort and convenience features. Safety items include stability control, brake assist features for surer stops and lots of air bags.

The G25 is offered in three trim levels with just one option-a power sliding tinted glass sunroof.

With the G37, you can get seven trim levels: G37Journey, G37x AWD (all-wheel drive), Sport 6 MT (manual transmission), Sport Appearance Edition, G37x AWD Sport Appearance Edition, G37 Limited Edition and G37x AWD Limited Edition.

I tested a G37x AWD Limited Edition, which had everything from an engine start/stop  pushbutton and killer sound system to a dash-mounted color monitor display.

Things get a bit snug for a tall passenger behind a driver who slides his seat far back, and the center of the rear seat is too stiff for comfort. Otherwise, the interior is roomy. The trunk has a high opening, but is moderately large.
All G sedans feature a slick-shifting 7-speed automatic transmission-except the $40,200 G37 Sport Sedan. That one has a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and a sport-tuned suspension, front sport seats and unique cosmetic features. Too bad there's no manual-transmission option for the G25.

However, the 7-speed automatic is the way to go for most G sedan buyers. After all, a G sedan is a luxury/performance sedan. The automatic has an easily used manual shift mode, but there's little need to use it because this transmission shifts so well in fully automatic mode. It also has a sport mode and automatic adaptive shift control for sportier shifts in performance driving situations.

Estimated fuel economy for G25 rear-drive models is 20 mpg city and 29 highway with rear-drive, or 19 and 27 with all-wheel drive.

Figures for the G37 rear-drive sedan are 19 city and 27 highway with the automatic and 17 and 25 with the manual gearbox. Fuel economy for G37 all-wheel-drive models is estimated at 18 city and 25 highway.

My high-quality test car's speed-sensitive power steering was quick, but felt rather stiff. The ride was firm, but supple, although wavy pavement caused mild jounce. Handling was sharp-almost in the sports-car class-and braking was powerful, controlled by a firm pedal.

Large door handles make it easy to slide in and out of the G sedan, and the quiet interior has a definite uptown look. The front console almost seems oversized (as does the rear armrest), but backlit gauges are easy to read, and controls, though rather small,  are generally well-placed and fairly easy to use.

Quick moves are needed, though, to stop the power windows from racing up or down after they're activated, but front/rear cupholders are nicely placed, and there are a fair number of interior storage areas.

The hood glides up on twin struts, and fluid filler areas can be easily reached.

The fast, sporty, refined Infiniti G sedan is a solid alternative to better-known rivals.

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Dan Jedlicka joined the Chicago Sun-Times in February 1968 as a business news reporter and was named auto editor later that year. He has reviewed more than 4,000 new vehicles for the Sun-Times--far more than any newspaper auto writer in the country. Jedlicka also reviewed vehicles for Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Autos Internet site from January, 1996, to June, 2008.

Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today," ABC's "20/20" and "The CBS Evening News." He was a host, consultant and writer for Fox-TV Channel 32's 1991 New Car Preview show and that Chicago-based station's 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 Chicago Auto Show Previews.

Jedlicka's auto articles have been printed in national magazines, including Esquire and Harper's. His auto columns have been reprinted in U.S. government publications and economic textbooks and he is profiled in the "World's Greatest Auto Show" history book about the Chicago Auto Show. In late 1975, Jedlicka was host and technical advisor for three one-hour television specials, "Auto Test 76," which aired nationally on PBS and were the first nationally televised auto road test shows.

In 1995, Jedlicka was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois Inc.'s Consumer Education Award, given annually to a person who has gained distinction in the field of consumer education. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006.

Jedlicka was a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year jury, composed of a select number of auto journalists from throughout the country, from 1995 until 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he was a member of Consumer Digest magazine's auto experts panel that gave Best Buy new vehicle recommendations.

He is a 1987 graduate of the Bob Bondurant Race Drivers School and later of the BMW "M" and Skip Barber Advanced Driving schools. He was a member of the U.S. team that participated in the 1987 1,000-mile Mille Miglia race/rally in Italy and has been a race winner at the Chicago area's Santa Fe Speedway.

Jedlicka has owned 25 classic cars, including 1950s and 1960s Ferraris and 1950s and 1960s Porsches, a 1965 Corvette, a 1967 Maserati and a 1957 Studebaker supercharged Golden Hawk. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. They have two children, James and Michele.

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