The 2013 Infiniti G earns an above average Total Car Score for the Entry Luxury Sedans & Wagons segment.
Infiniti’s G models have earned a solid reputation as among the best-driving luxury sedans, coupes and convertibles on the market. In fact, reviewers have likened their dynamic characters to a certain line of cars from Bavaria, which is high praise in this category.
The G’s powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine, crisp handling and taut suspension combine to give these cars a very high fun-to-drive quotient. And as befits the high-end Infiniti lineup, the Gs are also well equipped, even in base trim levels, with luxe interior appointments.
Any criticism meted out to these cars generally has to do with a lack of refinement in the powertrain, especially when compared to their German rivals. Power delivery is fine; it just could be smoother and not as rough sounding. The two-door coupe and convertible models also draw some negative comments for their lack of practicality, with rear seats that are better suited for gear than people, and tiny trunks (particularly in the convertible, which needs trunk space to stow its retractable hardtop).
This generation of the coupe and convertible has been around for four years now, and both cars went through a mild exterior refresh two years ago. The 2.5-liter engine option is gone, but little else has changed for the coupe in 2013 other than some interior colors and trim. The convertible is wholly carried over from last year.
This lack of activity, coupled with the age of this G generation, leads us to believe a new model is in the wings.
The 2013 Infiniti G is available as a five-passenger four-door sedan, a four-passenger two-door coupe and a four-passenger two-door convertible. The coupe is available in three trim levels; the convertible two. (High-performance variants of the coupe and convertible, the IPL G models, are reviewed separately.)
Powering both the coupe and convertible models is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque in the coupe, 325 hp and 267 lb-ft in the convertible. In both body styles the engine can be mated to either a seven-speed automatic (with manual and sport modes) or six-speed manual transmission. The coupe is available with rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrains, while the convertible is rear-wheel drive only.
The Infiniti G coupe is offered in three versions: the Journey, 37x AWD and Sport 6MT. Standard equipment on the Journey includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a backup camera, a 7-inch color display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with a USB port. The G37x adds Intelligent All Wheel Drive to the Journey’s equipment list, while the Sport 6MT swaps the automatic transmission for the manual trans and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes, a powered moonroof, a navigation system, a rear sonar system, and a Bose Studio on Wheels audio system.
The G37 convertible is offered in base and Sport 6MT versions, with equipment lists similar to the coupe’s Journey and Sport 6MT models, respectively.
In its testing, the EPA was able to get the best fuel economy out of a 2013 Infiniti G37 coupe with an automatic transmission: 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. At the low end a G37 convertible with a manual transmission returned 16/24/19 mpg, and the fuel economy for the other G37 drivetrain combinations fell between those two sets of data.
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