If a coupe leaves you feeling cooped up, but you like the look and feel of the 2012 Infiniti G37, the convertible is your answer.
Based on the 2012 G37 Coupe and styled very similarly, the G37 Convertible replaces the fixed roof with a folding hard top that opens and closes in about 20 seconds. Best of all, it doesn't ruin the coupe's sleek lines with the top raised. In fact, the roof pillars seem thinner and lighter on the Convertible. Lower the roof, and the proportions change, with the rear of the car gaining some attractive heft.
Power comes from the same 3.7-liter V-6 engine as the coupe, though it's rated slightly lower at 325 horsepower. Nonetheless, it's a potent performer, though the engine can be a bit noisy when fully engaged in the quest for speed--and a bit out of character for a luxury convertible. Handling, however, lives up to the car's accelerative capability, with excellent steering and body control.
Inside, the 2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible is rich and luxurious; it's even ahead of the German competition in the segment. It's a convertible, however, which means space isn't abundant--particularly in the rear seat. The front is well-suited to long cruises, with comfortable support and available ventilation. An automatic climate control system adjusts to ambient temperatures, while the audio system accounts for cabin noise and wind. Truly high-end features, like the AirScarf system found in Mercedes-Benz's SLK, are absent, but hardly missed--it's a well-rounded luxury environment.
Trunk space is fair, but with the top down, you'll lose some cargo room. A flexible liner inside the trunk does allow some expansion with the top up.
Other features we appreciate in the 2012 Infiniti G37 Convertible include: standard leather seating, rear-view camera; available navigation with real-time traffic and hard-drive music storage; iPod connections; and MP3-capable audio. A Bose audio system is also available for those with audiophile tendencies.
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