By Cars.com EditorsSeptember 14, 2010
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Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2010 Infiniti G37. It competes with the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
<v Narrator>cars.com Auto Review. Hi, I'm Kelsey Mays for cars.com. With me, the 2010 Infiniti G37. Infiniti's made a few changes this year, visually, to make it look a little more assertive.
We'll cover what's different and explain why the G37 is still such a cars.com favorite. Now, the '09 G37 had a more conservative bumper design. There were kind of three sort of basic openings here. Definitely more aggressive look to the 2010. We've got a more angular front air dam here. It's steeper, a little bit. There are wider, sort of separate portals out here with new inboard fog lights. Kind of a busy look, very bottom heavy. Not sure I'm too wild about it. But this is a sport model, which gives you a more aggressive bumper. If you don't get the sport model, actually, it's kind of toned down, a little more conservative. I actually think that's a better look. Not much has changed inside this year, and I think that's a pretty good thing. We've long said that the G37 has some pretty exceptional cabin materials, and that becomes apparent, actually, as you get into some of its competitors. The wood chrome trim in our test car is pretty tasteful, and there's almost a complete absence of hard plastics, which is really cool. The navigation system is new this year. It's got much better graphics. The plate for the controls, unfortunately, is still up here along the dash. Some people might find that a little too far to reach. And it used to be that you could put your AM, your FM, and your satellite radio stations into the same list of presets. Can't do that anymore, they're kinda divorced into their separate lists. Of all the competitors to the popular BMW 3 series, the Audi A4, the Mercedes C Class, the Lexus IS, the G37 comes closest to emulating BMW's fantastic handling characteristics. The car behaves almost like a proper rear-wheel drive car in tight handling situations. On long sweepers the nose doesn't push too wide, it's easy enough to swing the tail out. Very nice, all of it. So is the G37's engine, with 328 horsepower on tap, you pretty much have power at any RPM at any time. Trunk volume is about 13 and a half cubic feet. That's competitive, and enough room to throw in a few sets of golf clubs here. But the G37 sedan does not offer a folding rear seat. It's only got this pass through here in the center for skis and stuff. So if you're gonna go to Home Depot and need to throw in big things, keep that in mind. Still, it's one of the more popular cars in its segment, and I think it deserves to be, 'cause it brings in a couple things that not every car here has. Value and dependability. The G37 starts at just over $33,000 and it comes with a long list of standard features for that amount of money. And the current generation since it was redesigned for 2007 has been pretty reliable. So maybe not the newest car in its segment but definitely one that deserves a close look if you're shopping any of the competition. <v Narrator>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog kickingtires.net.