Infiniti’s G37 Coupe and G37 Convertible
both represent smart choices for entry-level luxury performance cars, and both return largely unchanged for the 2012 model year. Buyers demanding the most practicality and sharpest handling will be drawn to the G37 Coupe
, while those seeking wind-in-the-hair bliss will likely find the power-retractable hardtop G37 Convertible more to their liking.
Either is a superb choice, since both offer a great mix of performance, comfort and handling. We’d include value in that mix as well, but opting for the G37 Convertible
in Sport trim will push the sticker price north of $52,000. Even choosing the IPL (for Infiniti Performance Line) version of the coupe with a seven-speed automatic will drive the sticker above the $52,000 price barrier, so value-minded buyers will want to stick to lower-trim versions.
Both the Coupe and the Convertible come powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, good for 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual or a seven speed automatic are the transmission offerings, and most G37 versions send power to the rear wheels. Buyers in snow belt states, however, may want to look at the G37x Coupe, which comes with all-wheel-drive and isn’t available in Convertible form.
If you’re more concerned with power and handling than price, opting for the G37 IPL (available in Coupe form only, at least for the 2012 model year
) will get you a new exhaust system, quicker steering and larger wheels and tires. Output increases only modestly, with IPL Coupes rated at 338 horsepower and 276 pound feet of torque.
Inside, both Coupe and Convertible present a significant number of arguments in their favor. Seats are superb, and well-suited to both long-distance road trips and spirited blasts up your favorite canyon road. Fit and finish is quite good, as is Infiniti’s infotainment and navigation system, which doesn’t require night-school classes to operate proficiently. Rear seat legroom is on par with other coupes in the category, which is to say that rear seats are best reserved for short trips only.
With the power-retractable-hard-top folded and stowed, usable trunk space is reduced to a minimum, which makes the Convertible best suited to day trips. The Coupe offers a surprising amount of luggage room, so those favoring long-distance road trips with one additional passenger will want to give it serious consideration.
If you like the concept of the Infiniti G37 Coupe and Convertible but find yourself on a tighter budget, consider taking a look at the Nissan 370Z
. Both are built on the same platform and both are powered by the same 3.7-liter V-6, although the Nissan lacks the refinement and amenities of its upscale cousin.
For a complete overview of the 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe and Convertible, see our comprehensive review on The Car Connection