I swapped into the Infiniti G37x S after a week in the Chevrolet Cruze. And I made the conscious decision to completely ignore my fuel economy and simply have fun. And boy did I ever. This car has a lot of potential as a solid “grown-up” car in a city environment. Turning radius isn’t great, but the compact-ish size makes it more livable in tight city spaces.
Plus, when you consider that the G sedan launched a G25 model this year that starts at $32K, you have a luxury car that approaches affordable.
But enough about me. Here are some things my Tweeps wanted to know about the test car.
I really like the interiors of Infiniti in general. The sea of buttons on the center stack can be a bit daunting initially, but once you take a look at the location of the buttons, it makes sense. Plus, they’re all clearly labeled, and you’re not going to guess which button goes to what.
The test car, which was a Malbec Black, came with a beautiful red interior. Sometimes red can be a bit harsh, but it somehow worked here. Fit and finish were phenomenal. In addition to being attractive, seats were also functional with very adjustable range for tall and short drivers. I was a particular fan of the fact that the seat bottom itself was adjustable.
My one interior complaint: Cup holders. Not something I usually talk about, but they’re just so awkwardly placed, I couldn’t help but mention them. If you have a water bottle in the cup holder, you cannot rest your hand on the gear shift. If it’s a smaller bottle, it bobbles against your elbow while your hands are at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel. And, using the arm rest? Forget about it.
My favorite thing on the interior, though, had to be the moveable instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. As the steering wheel moves up or down, the the gauges move, too. Love it. This keeps the speedometer from being covered by the top of the wheel if you have a far-forward driving position like I do.
This is actually a very tough question for me to answer because the Maxima has to be one of my all-time favorite vehicles. It’s gorgeous. It drives beautifully. It’s fun. And it has a starting price of $31,750. To spec it out the way I’d want it, Maxima would cost $34,450. That’s starting at an SV model without adding any options. You wouldn’t really need any.
With the Infiniti G37, living in a place like Chicago, I’d have to start with the top-of-the-line model because it has AWD instead of RWD. Right there that starts you at $37,400. If you want the 6-speed manual transmission, you actually go up to $40,200. I should point out that Maxima no longer offers a 6-speed manual transmission, which is a bit of a downer. If it came with that option, the car would be damn near perfect.
So, to make a long answer longer, I’d probably stick with the Maxima. it has virtually everything I want (excepting manual transmission) for a price that doesn’t suck. If I had $40K to spend though — hell yes, I’d go with the G37 Sport model with the manual.
I really tried to get you a definitive answer, Skindogg. But my contact was being a bit cagey. So, the short answer is: Not any time soon.
But when you think about the life cycle of a vehicle, I guess this makes sense. The current generation G was launched in 2008 with the coupe, and the sedan entered the scene in 2009. So, technically we’re only 3 years into the cycle. A lot of cars go for 6 to 8 years before a complete generational overhaul. Of course, there are mid-stream upgrades along the way. Which G just got this year if you count the addition of the G27.
So, though I don’t have a real answer for you, my guess would be we have another 4 to 5 years before we see the next gen G.