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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
two-golf-bag trunk, with the top up, becomes a 2-cubic-foot trunk
"a sumptuous interior
Car and Driver
back-seat passengers “won't be happy”
The 2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible offers a cozy cabin for two passengers, but more adults and their luggage will feel left out.
Up front, the G37 Convertible will please just about any passenger. As Car and Driver attests, these riders “get a sumptuous interior, with well-bolstered seats that offer optional headrest speakers, a now familiar and usable center stack, and aluminum trim with a rough, rice-paper-style finish.” In back, though, passengers “have almost five inches less legroom than they would in the back of a BMW 3-series droptop, so they won't be happy,” according to Automobile. “You know that area resembling a rear seat? That's actually the trunk when you put the top down,” Edmunds reports, noting the best and highest use of the small backseat space.
Trunk space is savaged the most by reviews researched by TheCarConnection.com. Automobile snarks, “With the top down, you'd be hard-pressed to fit two Ziploc freezer baggies back there. That is, if you can get the trunk open in the first place - the heavy lid lacks any kind of handle and is difficult to open.” Edmunds points out the storage differences with the top up and top down: “a two-golf-bag trunk, with the top up, becomes a 2-cubic-foot trunk (think Kleenex box) with the top down.” Car and Driver goes scientific, wondering if “the Large Hadron Collider is hard at work looking for a particle small enough to fit into the trunk.”
Reviewers simply can't say enough about what Edmunds calls the "excellent build quality" of the current Infiniti G37 Convertible and the similar coupe and sedan. Kelley Blue Book approves of "the visually soft aluminum alloy trim (inspired by Japanese washi paper, Infiniti says), as well as the optional African rosewood trim," which help bring an upscale ambiance. Motor Trend reviewers conclude that the various interior upgrades "collectively raise the bars of luxury and sport," and they praise the "finer fit and finish" on this Infiniti 2009 coupe.
And in terms of noise, vibration, and harshness, most reviewers feel Infiniti has done an admirable job on the G37 Convertible. “Wind noise with the top up, for instance, is lower than in a comparable soft top, but a subtle hissing at highway speeds (just behind the driver's head) betrays the cutline in the roof that's required for a folding hardtop,” Edmunds reports, while also noting “noticeable body flex over broken pavement.” Popular Mechanics explains the Convertible’s weight gain as a result of the bracing added to keep the car structurally rigid: “Infiniti had to re-engineer the body structure from the A-pillar back.” Leftlane News gives its stamp of approval to “the wind tunnel work [that] has helped keep most of the air out of your face,” while Popular Mechanics singles out the engine note as “one of the coolest-sounding six-cylinders this side of Stuttgart.”
The 2009 Infiniti G37 isn’t the roomiest convertible, but it’s extremely well-built and comfortable for two passengers.