2007 INFINITI G35 Sedan Review

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When Japan ’s leading automakers, Toyota and Nissan, announced plans to enter the tough and demanding luxury car market, they were greeted with equal amounts of skepticism. But following their simultaneous, 1989 debuts, Lexus and Infiniti followed decidedly different paths.

 

Toyota ’s upscale franchise got off to a fast start and is, today, the number-one seller in the U.S. luxury market. Infiniti, with its quirky “rocks and trees” marketing campaign, got plenty of media attention but relatively few buyers and as the new millennium began, there were some industry analysts convinced Nissan might cut the brand’s life support.

 

Things took a sudden turn for the better, barely four years ago, with the introduction of the G35. As with earlier models, such as the original Q45 flagship, the G was more than just a German clone. Based on the FM platform shared with the 350Z, it was pleasing to look at and lots of fun to drive. And for the first time since Infiniti’s off-the-mark introduction, buyers flocked to showrooms.

 

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To get the new model-year going, Infiniti is back with a new version of the G35, launching first in sport-sedan trim, with coupe and convertible versions to follow in quick succession. TheCarConnection.com has gotten the chance to drive several versions of the sedan, though for the sake of this review, we’ll focus on the G35S, the sportiest version – and also the most pricey.

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If you were expecting a radical departure from the outgoing G’s design, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, those who loved the gracefully aggressive look of the original G35, which debuted as an ’03, will likely be pleased. Nissan Motor Co.’s design director, Shiro Nakamura, doesn’t deny that the sedans, old and new, are “very similar,” though he asserts that “If you spend a day with the car, you will notice a lot of details (that are) more expressive, with much more finessed surfaces.”

 

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There is, for one thing, a distinct crease to the side sheetmetal, what designers like to call a “character line.” The headlights are more distinctive, accounting for the application of bi-xenon technology. And the distinctive Infiniti grille has been delicately revamped.

 

Actually, where you’re likely to notice a more distinctive difference is inside. As part of Nissan’s dramatic turnaround, the automaker has put a lot of emphasis on styling, but its interiors have fallen a bit short. The new G’s cabin shows a significant emphasis on refinement, both in the use of upscale materials – like leather and aluminum – and the way they all come together. It’s still not up to Audi levels, but the new car is a definite improvement.

 

The hand-stitched steering wheel has an elegant feel as it slides through your hands. The gauge cluster is well lit and extremely pleasing to the eyes. Switches and other controls have been markedly improved, they just feel better to the fingers and they are, for the most part, perfectly placed.

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Seating is reasonably comfortable, front and back. You actually can seat four in the new G35, without feeling like you’ve violated the Geneva Convention’s torture rules for those in back. You’ll feel tight with five, though. The long wheelbase – the longest in its class, in fact – also provides you a pleasingly roomy trunk.

 

It also translates into a solid and stable rear-drive platform – shared with the Nissan 350Z, among other models – for what earns the designation “sport” sedan. During our first run inside the G35S, we steered towards a particularly rugged and treacherous stretch of

Carmel Valley Road
, a ten-mile run of tortured asphalt that has been known to trip up some equally promising contenders. After a couple runs, we were convinced that Infiniti took the money it saved on styling and put it into the part of the car that mattered most.

 

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Even on the most wicked, off-camber turns, the G35S maintained its firm grip, with nary a tire squeak. Steering was entirely intuitive, with just the right level of feedback. Okay, it’s not quite a BMW 335i, but it’s amazingly close, far more so than the Lexus IS series.

 

Infiniti has done a marvelous job tuning and tweaking its 4-Wheel Active Steering system. The sophisticated package kicks in at 35 mph by subtly changing the angle of the rear wheels for better high-speed handling. At low speeds, it works with the front wheels in order to improve parking.

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Being the U.S., we expect most buyers will opt for the G35 with automatic transmission. There’s nothing wrong with that choice, especially with the paddle shifters that come on the S model. It’s a smooth-shifting five-speed package that doesn’t spend too much time hunting around for the right gear, even on steep grades. But our own preference is the six-speed manual, among the best available in any car right now.

 

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Either gearbox comes mated to the latest-generation Nissan VQ 3.5-liter V-6. The automaker claims 80 percent of the engine’s parts are new, and there’s now variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust. Power climbs modestly, from 298 to 306 hp, while you get another 8 lb-ft of torque, at 268. You’re likely to push the engine all the way up to its 7600-rpm redline. – which is up from 7000 in the old G35 – and in the process, you’ll notice the new car is significantly quicker, in the low 5-second range, compared to the prior car’s barely sub-6 performance.

 

Of course, these days, performance is measured in a number of ways, not just what reaches the tires. The new G35 offers a full compliment of electronic systems, including an optional, top-end Bose audio package with in-door subwoofers and a 9.5-gigabyte hard-drive system that lets you load up on all your favorite tunes. The optional navigation and XM satellite radio systems are linked to provide real-time traffic alerts. And there’s an optional Bluetooth package for hands-free phoning.

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Though the powertrain package is the same for all G35 variants, the S gets a unique bumper and side sills, an anti-lift rear spoiler, larger brakes, and 18-inch wheels, as well as 16-way sport seats. The 4-Wheel Active Steering system is available as an option only the G35S.

 

With the ’07, Infiniti expands the G35 lineup with the addition of the Journey model, while also maintaining the all-wheel-drive G35X. A coupe will come along in time for the ’08 model year, and there are likely to be other variants, Nakamura hints. We expect a convertible among them, though the Japanese designer suggested a gasoline-electric hybrid is “probably” under consideration. If it reaches market, we’d expect it to follow the strategy taken by Lexus, which is using hybrid power to emphasize performance more than mileage.

 

As first to market, the sedan will have to do the bulk of the heavy lifting in a sport sedan segment that is crowded and competitive. Considering the price tag, Infiniti’s offering is a definite contender. Those who’d hoped for a more radical re-skinning are bound to be disappointed, but for the rest of us, the ’07 G35 is a slick and stylish package that delivers where it counts most.

 

 

2007 Infiniti G35S

Base price: $32,150 (automatic); $32,950 (manual)
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Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 306 hp/268 lb-ft

Transmission: Five- or six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive

Length x width x height: 187.0 x 69.8 x 57.2 in
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Curb weight: 3538 lb
Fuel economy (EPA city/hwy): 18/25 mpg (automatic); 19/27 mpg (manual)

Major standard features: Dual-zone automatic climate control; power windows, locks and mirrors; AM/FM/CD; keyless remote; cruise control; leather-wrapped, tilt/telescope steering wheel; 17-inch wheels (18-inch on G35S); 16-way power seats; tire pressure monitor; alarm system

Safety features: Anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; dual front, side, and curtain airbags; pre-tensioning seatbelts

Warranty: Four years/60,000 miles

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June 1, 2015
2007 INFINITI G35 Sedan 4-Door Automatic Sport RWD

Still like new with 130,000 miles on it.

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This is our second Infiniti product and we have been very pleased with both. Non issues whatsoever, could get better mileage but overall the car operates as new.
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May 12, 2015
2007 INFINITI G35 Sedan 4-Door Automatic G35x AWD

Great car 3 third infinity

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Bought car new and love the power and all the features it has. All wheel drive is wonderful. It could get better mpg though.
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