2012 INFINITI G37 Coupe vs. Its Competition

2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Infiniti G37 Coupe has made one of those rare ascents, taking on BMW on its own turf and mostly meeting those lofty performance targets.

The G37's a strong competitor to BMW's 3-Series coupe, even if the G37's IPL edition isn't in the same league as the multifarious M3.

Both get more heat this year from Mercedes, now that the C-Class comes in two-door form--even as an AMG.

Audi's A5 is pretty, but a little empty-headed when it comes to performance, and Lexus' IS sedans and convertibles are worth a look, though they feel small and tight, and with the smaller V-6, underpowered.

Finally, there's a stalking horse from within: the Nissan 370Z isn't as refined or as luxurious as the G37 Coupe, but it's a brilliant performer, even though its omnipresent engine noise makes us want earplugs as standard equipment.

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2012 Audi A5 2-door Coupe Auto quattro 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi A5
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2012 BMW 3-Series2012 BMW 3-Series
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2011 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto AWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Lexus IS 350
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class2012 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
A sexy, lavishly equipped luxury car, the 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe has much of the vaunted performance feel of its primary German target.
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
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.
The 2012 Lexus IS 350 and IS 350 aren't as focused and fun to drive as sport sedans from BMW or Infiniti, though especially in F Sport guise they still look great.
With a new base four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes even more sense for value-conscious (yet image-conscious) luxury shoppers.
Performance per dollar, the 2012 Nissan 370Z is a bargain, and it's quick enough in absolute terms to reach toward the domain of much more expensive sports cars.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class     
SubcompactSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSub-CompactCompactTwo-Seater
Style Name     
2-Door Base RWD2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV350 4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan C 250 Sport RWD2-Door Coupe Manual
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
2 Door CoupeCoupeSedanSedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe
Automatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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