For 2011, the Infiniti G sedan series gets a new member: a 2.5-liter V-6 G25 aimed at lowering the price of entry while maintaining luxury status. It joins the established G37 sedan in one of the sportiest luxury sedan ranges short of the BMW 3-Series. MotorAuthority recognizes the strong performance credentials here and rates the 2011 G sedans 8 out of 10.
The new 2.5-liter V-6 generates 218 horsepower, a significant step down from the 332-horsepowr 3.7-liter V6 in the G37, but still enough pep to keep things interesting. Performance enthusiasts will find the extra scratch to spring for the G37, however, as it's one of the most communicative, fun-to-drive luxury sport sedans available. Though the newer 3.7-liter V-6 is a bit noisier than the 3.5-liter it replaced, particularly at the top end, it's still torquey enough to compete with V-8s and turbo inline sixes. In the S models, a six-speed manual transmissions, though the G25 and all other G models get a seven-speed automatic transmission standard. All-wheel drive is available on select trims, but otherwise, these Infinitis are rear-wheel drive.
Handling of the G37 is possibly the best in its class, even taking into account much more expensive alternatives. Only the M Division and AMG badges surpass the G37 S. Its suspension is controlled and capable even over broken and bumpy surfaces, steering feel is excellent and well-weighted, and the overall balance is near-perfect. It's a true enthusiast's choice.
Inside, you begin to see where Infiniti chose to make its compromises. While the powertrain, chassis, and suspension are class leaders, the interior is a bit small, especially in the back seat. Ride comfort isn't the best, thanks in part to its very sporty suspension tuning. Fit and finish are, however, very good, though the occasional material choice could be better. In general, the selection of soft-touch plastics, metal, and leather surfaces are very good. Cabin noise is noticeable, both from wind, tires, and, in the G37, the engine.
Equipment choices aren't as expansive as some brands, but there's still enough here to build out a full-featured luxury sedan. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, power front seats, automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo system, and XM satellite radio. Upgrading trim levels to Journey adds a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free, heated seats and mirrors, and dual-zone climate control. Optional add-ons include adaptive front lighting, intelligent cruise control, and an audiophile-grade Infiniti Studio on Wheels audio system by Bose.
For an in-depth investigation of the 2011 Infiniti G sedan's performance, features, quality, and comfort, read the full review at TheCarConnection.