2012 INFINITI G37 Convertible vs. Its Competition

2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Hardtop convertibles are expensive, and usually heavy, versions of sporty coupes we love.

If you're considering a G37 Convertible, it's worth taking a look at the Audi A5, which goes the soft-top route to keep weight down--but the A5 has lax performance, and doesn't really get interesting until it's upconverted into the powerful S5 convertible.

BMW's 3-Series convertible is a long-standing favorite, though it's one of the biggest weight gainers of all the folding-top conversions.

On the lighter side, there's the Lexus IS convertible; with the smaller V-6 it's as close as you'll get to underpowered in the class, and in either that or IS 350C trim, it's just not as sleek as the Infiniti.

Both the Volvo C70 and VW Eos are more practical choices, with bigger back seats; they've tended to be frail, though.

Given the choice, we'd drive the Eos with VW's dual-clutch transmission, for a little more driving pleasure than the uninvolving Volvo.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The Infiniti G37 Convertible doesn't suffer the usual styling compromises, but it's a little less exciting to drive than its Coupe cousin.
8.4
Both the Audi A5 Coupe and its Cabriolet convertible sibling are striking designs that offer comfortable, easy-to-drive capacity for two people--and four in a pinch
8.4
The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
7.6
The 2012 Lexus IS 250C strikes a good middle ground between racy roadsters and luxury convertible cruisers, but its sluggish powertrain performance will be a deal-breaker for many.
8.0
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos convertible underplays its hand too much--the styling's not nearly as grabby as its turbo power and its smart handling.
8.2
With a healthy dash of Scandinavian style and Volvo's excellent reputation for safety, the 2012 C70 makes a solid all-around choice for a hardtop convertible.
MSRP From     
$46,650$37,100$34,900$41,190$34,350$40,450
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class     
SubcompactSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact CarsSubcompact
Style Name     
2-Door Base2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV250C 2-Door Convertible Manual2-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV2-Door Convertible T5
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
445444
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
ConvertibleCoupeSedanConvertible2 Door Convertible2 Door Convertible
Transmission     
AutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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