If you’ve got a family, you need to carry the brood around in some kind of vehicle, right? For millions of Americans, that vehicle is a family sedan. But sedans don’t have to be boring, boxy, nondescript transport on wheels. In fact, there are some sedans that are so inviting to look at that they beg to be driven. With that in mind, we present part two of the Family Car Guide series Poetry in Motion: Family Sedans with Awesome Looks.
2011 Infiniti G Sedan
In the upscale mid-size category, the 2011 Infiniti G lineup has a little something for everyone with coupe, convertible, and sedan models. Since we’re focusing on family sedans, we’ll be looking at the Infiniti G premium sport sedan that comes in six versions: Infiniti G25, G25 Journey, G25x AWD, G37 Journey, G37x AWD, and the G37 Sport 6MT. Starting prices range from $30,950 for G25 to $39,450 for G37 Sport 6MT.
Since awesome looks is what we’re after, it’s really a no-brainer to single out the 2011 Infiniti G sedan as a chief contender. But what is it about the G sedan that gets our blood pumping? Let’s take a look.
Exterior and Aerodynamics
All six versions of the 2011 Infiniti G sedan share the same exterior sheetmetal. And it’s definitely a head-turner. Some reviewers have described the exterior styling as “sensuous,” and “aggressive while falling just shy of boy-racer,” and so on. Here at Family Car Guide, we certainly agree. But what is it about the 2011 Infiniti G sedan that so inspires us in the good looks department?
Consider this. Combine a sleek exterior skin with muscular shoulders and a wave-shaped hood, raked windshield and low front fascia, and aggressive-looking blisters over the wheels. Sound like marketing hype? It’s not. Everything about the design is integrated, carefully thought out and delivered with precision. All you need to do is stand beside the Infiniti G sedan to take in the beauty.
Under the Hood
Two engines power the 2011 Infiniti G sedans – and they’re both well-crafted and designed powerplants. G25 models have the 2.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 218 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 187 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway on rear-drive models and 19/27 mpg on AWD.
G37 models, on the other hand, boast smile-inducing performance from the 3.7-liter, 24-valve V-6 aluminum engine with continuously variable valve timing control and variable valve event and lift. This fine-pedigreed engine delivers 328 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 269 pound-feet of torque at 5900 rpm. Standard transmission on all but G37 Sport 6MT is a quick eletronically-controlled seven-speed automatic with downshift rev matching and manual shift mode via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway on G37, 18/25 on G37x AWD, and 17/20 on G37 Sport 6MT.
All 2011 Infiniti G sedans literally invite you to come in and sit in the ergonomically laid-out cabin with leather trim and aluminum accents that’s designed for comfort. There’s the curvaceous dash that seems to wrap itself around the driver and front passenger. Seating surfaces are leather and heated front seats are standard in all but G25. All models have a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel and shift knob in aluminum accent.
Where Infiniti G sedans stand out is not in any single element, but in the perfect combination of many different ones. Comfortable seats – check. Get more support in available sport seats – check. An interior accents package featuring maple accents on center console, doors and instrument panel is available on G37 and G37x AWD. Want more technology? Go for the premium or navigation packages, again available on G37 and G37x AWD (but standard on G37 Sport 6MT).
How It Looks on the RoadThe final component of awesome looks is one that is perfectly subjective – how it looks on the road.
Driving it all home (pun intended) is the fact that the 2011 Infiniti G sedan is one fine-looking family vehicle. One might even say it has awesome looks. In fact, we just did.
For more of this series, check out tomorrow’s entry.