Car Review: Luxury and performance on the 2013 Infiniti G Coupe

Recipe for success: High-end luxury and performance sharpness in the 2013 Infiniti G Coupe. Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, April 25, 2013 — For a car that plays well in both the luxury and performance category, the 2013 Infiniti G series easily speaks to both of these buyers. So whether it is taking the road with speed to round the corners and curves or just looking good on the road, this Infiniti meets both criteria just fine.

The 2013 Infiniti G Coupe

The 2013 Infiniti G Coupe


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Competition for this Infiniti comes from the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A5, but each one skews a little differently, be it in performance or luxury.

Trims include four levels on this four-seater, the G37 Journey, G37x, G37 Sport, and IPL (Infiniti Performance Line). The 2013 Infiniti G series also sports a G Sedan and G Convertible offering too.

The bottom-of-the-line G37 Journey, which is really not bottom-of-the-line at all, offers 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, fog lamps, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, a dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated eight-way power front seats, a folding rear seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a center-mounted color display.

Up the trim and the G37x has all the same features with added all-wheel drive. Packages available on this one are the Premium package with a sunroof, rear parking sensors, adjustable driver-seat lumbar support, driver memory, or the Navigation package with a navigation system, touchscreen interface and real-time traffic and weather.


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There is also a Sport package with 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, a limited-slip differential, front sport seats, aluminum pedals, and magnesium paddle shifters. With this is the Technology package added cruise control, a pre-collision seatbelt preparation system, automatic wipers, and even a climate control system with air purifier.

On the G37 Sport you add the Premium, Navigation and Sport packages to its regular features and a manual transmission. You can not opt for the sunroof or the Technology package on this trim though. And the IPL trim takes it a step further in performance features, giving you more power, a more highly defined exhaust, as well as  noticeable suspension tuning details and aerodynamic improvements too.

Under the hood this Infiniti is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque except on the IPL model with its 348 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. On the first three options you get a seven-speed automatic with manual shift control and rear-wheel drive, but the G37x comes with all-wheel drive. When opting for the G37 Sport, you trade in automatic for a six-speed manual.

In the safety category, the 2013 Infiniti G37 has antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags as well as active front head restraints. When adding the Technology package you also get pre-crash seatbelts using adaptive cruise control sensors to alert the driver to a crash.


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Inside, the Infiniti G Coupe will not disappoint either with such goodies as leather-accented magnesium paddle shifters and brushed aluminum trim.

The controls are designed just right with a standout to the iPod interface and easy to figure out and use audio, climate and navigation details.

Comfort in the front seat does take away from the back seat since the trunk only comes in at 7.4 cubic feet, but you can fold the back seats down too.

Driving is easy on the 2013 Infiniti G Coupe with easy acceleration and when opting for the  seven-speed automatic, it is a quick shift with the shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Another plus is its handling, taking corners smooth and easy and making sure the driver never gives up control. In  the IPL it’s a real shout out, impeccable handling and sporty, meaning Infiniti has certainly made all the right choices on this G Coupe.

Should You Need to Know: The 2013 Infiniti G Coupe is based on the Nissan 370Z and for speed lovers, the G37 Sport coupe will take zero to 60 miles per hour in just under six seconds.

Miles Per Gallon: The  2013 Infiniti G IPL Convertible had a fuel economy that came in at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible price tag is $61,495.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings.

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW. She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from www.historypress.net and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13. 

 

 


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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