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PERFORMANCE | 9 out of 10
acceleration was strong and smooth
through all but the most aggressive curves, the car stays as flat as the Arizona desert
Body motions were better controlled than the sport-pack BMW 335i
The 2009 Infiniti G37 moves quickly and confidently. From its sweet V-6 engine to its responsive handling, the Infiniti G37 is ready to be pushed to the limit, and it proves its worth as a comfortable commuter as well.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are suitably impressed with the G37’s one engine option, which Car and Driver says is "a 3.7-liter version of Nissan's venerable VQ V-6 engine," and on the Infiniti G37, the "power is at 330, and the torque output at 270 pound-feet." ForbesAutos reports "acceleration was strong and smooth" during their test, and "the engine makes great music as it happily revs to the red line." Edmunds reviewers push the Infiniti 2009 G37 to the limit and find that a "G37 Journey accelerated to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while a Sport 6MT coupe pulled a nearly identical 5.4 seconds to 60 mph." When compared to the old G35 sedan and its 3.5-liter engine, the Infiniti 2009 G37's extra power is "certainly felt, especially when accelerating out of turns," declares Motor Trend.
The 2009 Infiniti 2009 G37 is available with one of two transmissions. Edmunds notes that "the base and Journey trim levels come standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift automanual control, while the Sport 6MT features a six-speed manual." Reviewers are impressed with both transmissions, and ForbesAutos proclaims "both gearboxes work precisely and are well matched to the potent engine." Automobile Magazine is comfortable enough to take sides, though, and they state that their "choice is distinctly for the 6MT," where the "tail-out antics and fun factor outweigh the coarseness" that they feel comes with the manual transmission.
The EPA estimates for a 2009 Infiniti G37 with the manual transmission are 17 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, while the automatic transmission boosts city numbers to 18 mpg but drops to 24 on the highway. Cars.com finds that "Infiniti estimates that the G37's engine actually delivers around 1 mpg better gas mileage than the 3.5-liter V-6 in the G35."
The performance strong points of the 2009 Infiniti G37 are its handling and overall driving experience, not just the car’s inline acceleration. Kelley Blue Book affirms that "performance-focused drivers hoping for a more sophisticated, premium-badged Nissan Z will find satisfaction in" the Infiniti G37. Other reviewers agree, and Motor Trend says "through all but the most aggressive curves, the car stays as flat as the Arizona desert." Car and Driver points out that, even with the sport package, "the chassis soaks up road bumps without the slightest chatter, and the steering remains precise and communicative." While a "four-wheel active steering (4WAS)" system is available, according to Edmunds, they recommend sticking "with the standard steering setup," as the 4WAS system "fails to weight up properly in the corners and provides limited feedback." When it comes time to stop the Infiniti 2009 G37, Motor Trend finds that the brakes are "stellar—exhibiting excellent response and pedal feel and no fade."
The 2009 Infiniti G37 meets all the criteria of a true performance car.