DALLAS, July 9, 2012 — A powerful V6 engine and the kind of handling you can write home about, the 2012 Infiniti G series is in top form again this year. Thanks to an upscale interior you get a lot for your money on many levels. However, overall the 2012 Infiniti G Sedan has not changed this year from in years past, but did it need to?
I drove the G37 Sedan 6MT, but all the G’s are worth a look. Last year the G25 model was introduced and it has been, while offering less under the hood, a standout in regard to the price tag in the segment.
Competition includes the other mid-sizers that can keep up in the performance and luxury department like the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. For a little less you can also look at the likes of the Hyundai Genesis or the Lexus IS 250 with a similar price point.
Your choices are wide in the sedan options, allowing you to opt for the G25, G25 Journey, G37 Journey, and the G37 Sport. The G25x and G37x are the same as the Journey trim option, but you get all-wheel drive. Other options are the G Coupe and the convertible models.
For a base G25 you get 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, fog lights, keyless ignition/entry, automatic climate control, power front seats, leather upholstery, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.
On the G25 Journey, it’s added automatic headlights, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and an optional sunroof.
For the G37 Journey package, it is the same as the 625 Journey, but with a more powerful engine and options. For example, the Premium package gives you a sunroof, rear parking sensors, driver memory functions and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. If you opt for the Navigation package, you get the navigation system with real-time traffic and weather, voice controls and Bluetooth streaming audio as well as adaptive cruise control and automatic wipers.
The G37 convertibles has a three-piece power retractable hardtop that opens and closes in a “clamshell” manner in order to minimize any bulkiness when down.
Take note too that these options are standard on the G37 Sport and you also get 18-inch wheels, high-performance tires, sport-tuned steering and suspension, upgraded brakes, front sport seats, and a six-speed manual transmission.
You can also find the Sport package available for the G37 Journey and there is a G37 Limited Edition, adding the Premium, Navigation and Sport packages all in one as well as a black paint job with Graphite leather inside.
Under the hood, the 2012 Infiniti G25 has a 2.5-liter V6, offering 218 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. You get a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, but the all-wheel drive is available on some models.
The 2012 Infiniti G37 in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles are all powered with a 3.7L V6 with 328 horsepower and on the coupe it is 330 horsepower with a 7-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive coming standard.
Safety on the G Sedan is antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side and side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera on the G25. When you add the Technology package, you also up the safety factor with adaptive cruise control sensors that will trigger the seatbelts to pre-tension when an accident is pending.
For those who like their controls easy to navigate, the G37 is your answer and while easy, the interior design is standout. Take a look at the likes of the leather-accented shift paddles and the Japanese-style aluminum trim or optional wood trim.
Comfortable front seats are standard, and on the sportier version, it is just that, sportier all around for the driver who wants to own the road. Handling is also easy and you can definitely get into the curves and turns with a precision that any driver can appreciate.
Should You Need to Know: It’s a sleek, sporty, awesome high-end midsize car that offers great handing and choices that you can live with, whether it’s the trim options or under the hood.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan 6MT that I drove came in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The cost for the 2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan 6MT was $41,495.
Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.
She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at www.unregularradio.com.
Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.
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