2008 INFINITI G35

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Key Specs

of the 2008 INFINITI G35. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    306-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Backseat roomy for two
  • Manual shifter
  • Real aluminum trim
  • Above-average reliability
  • Eager 300-hp V-6

The Bad

  • Grabby clutch (manual)
  • Big backseat floor hump
  • Backseat doesn't fold
  • Low-rev torque
  • Backup camera price
  • Some packages expensive

Notable Features of the 2008 INFINITI G35

  • Apple iPod connection
  • ABS and stability system standard
  • Six airbags standard
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic or manual

2008 INFINITI G35 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
While the G coupe has been reinvented for 2008 as the G37, the sedan remains the G35, having been redesigned for 2007. The G35 comes in base, Journey, G35x all-wheel drive and Sport trim levels. Changes for 2008 are relatively minor and include an Apple iPod connection, standard XM Satellite Radio (excluding service) and content changes in the Technology and Navigation package options. Later in the model year, new Sport and 18-inch Tire and Wheel packages will be added as options.

Exterior
The best-selling Infiniti model resembles the successful M35/45 midsize sedan, with shapes that are more angular, less organic. A character line runs from the front wheel arch and along the door handles and drapes over the rear wheel arch. The Sport trim level is distinguished by a different front face and side sills. A trunklid spoiler is optional.

The G35 comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The Sport trim level steps up to 18-inch rims. Dual exhaust is standard.


Interior
The G35 now boasts an improved design and higher-quality materials than the original generation, but it's still not quite as rich as the M35's interior. Infiniti wisely gave up on the fake stuff and went with real, textured-aluminum trim. The power front-seat controls are in the conventional location on the seat cushion close to the door, replacing the inboard, upward-facing toggle switches that attracted dust and debris. The G does away with the old ignition and uses an Intelligent Key transmit...
Vehicle Overview
While the G coupe has been reinvented for 2008 as the G37, the sedan remains the G35, having been redesigned for 2007. The G35 comes in base, Journey, G35x all-wheel drive and Sport trim levels. Changes for 2008 are relatively minor and include an Apple iPod connection, standard XM Satellite Radio (excluding service) and content changes in the Technology and Navigation package options. Later in the model year, new Sport and 18-inch Tire and Wheel packages will be added as options.

Exterior
The best-selling Infiniti model resembles the successful M35/45 midsize sedan, with shapes that are more angular, less organic. A character line runs from the front wheel arch and along the door handles and drapes over the rear wheel arch. The Sport trim level is distinguished by a different front face and side sills. A trunklid spoiler is optional.

The G35 comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The Sport trim level steps up to 18-inch rims. Dual exhaust is standard.


Interior
The G35 now boasts an improved design and higher-quality materials than the original generation, but it's still not quite as rich as the M35's interior. Infiniti wisely gave up on the fake stuff and went with real, textured-aluminum trim. The power front-seat controls are in the conventional location on the seat cushion close to the door, replacing the inboard, upward-facing toggle switches that attracted dust and debris. The G does away with the old ignition and uses an Intelligent Key transmitter fob and dashboard-mounted start button. Automatic swiveling headlights are optional, as is adaptive cruise control.

Under the Hood
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine cranks out roughly 300 horsepower in all models, revving as high as 7,500 rpm. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic with a manual mode and magnesium steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The Sport trim level brings a firmer suspension than the other versions. Intended to be the sportiest version, the G35 Sport with the optional Four-Wheel Active Steer feature has the firmest suspension, according to Infiniti. 4WAS steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front pair at moderate speeds for maneuverability and in the same direction at highway speeds for quick, stable lane-changing.


Safety
The G35 scores Good, the highest rating, in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal crash tests. It hasn't yet been tested for side impact.

Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for both front seats, and side curtain airbags that cover the front and rear side windows in a side impact. The front seats feature active head restraints.

Standard features that help avoid collisions include antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, an electronic stability system and a tire pressure monitoring system. A Rearview Monitor shows what's behind the vehicle on the dashboard's optional navigation screen when the automatic transmission is in Reverse.


Driving Impressions
Its handling is the aspect of the G35 that put it in league with the BMW 3 Series, the company for which handling is a claim to fame. The G35 followed the 3 Series formula: rear-wheel drive, balanced weight distribution, excellent road-holding and solid six-cylinder power.

The Sport has the best road-holding because of its firmer springs and standard summer performance tires. Anyone who intends to drive in freezing temperatures, not just snow or ice, will have to forego the summer tires or get an additional set of all-season or winter treads. Appropriately, the G35x comes only with all-season tires.

The all-wheel drive keeps the G35x more planted and secure in bad weather, but it also mutes the sporting nature of the rear-wheel-drive G35, in part because it's heavier overall, with added weight in the front. Note that AWD characteristically increases the car's turning diameter to 36.1 feet from 35.4 feet with rear-wheel drive.

The six-speed manual transmission, standard in the Sport trim level, has the right height and throw, and it feels more connected than that of the 3 Series. The clutch pedal, on the other hand, is grabby. With the automatic, downshifts employ rev matching that automatically gooses the engine speed before the gears mesh, providing exceptionally smooth downshifts and reduced wear.

The G35's backseat doesn't fold to extend the trunk forward, which is a disappointment.



2008 G35 Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great car, very sporty

by YG on July 23, 2018

This is the second Infiniti I've owned. Great car. Quick to the punch, and fun to drive. Definitely a great car for the price. Can't go wrong. Read full review

(5.0)

most reliable car I've owned

by Nancy1981 on July 11, 2018

Beautiful and stylish. This car met all my needs. Very comfortable and sporty. I love having the backup camera, a great safety feature. The navigation system is a huge help. Overall this is a great ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 INFINITI G35 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 INFINITI G35 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
marginal
Overall Rear
marginal
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The G35 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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