Review: 2007 Infiniti G35
By Dan Jedlicka of MSN Autos
The new G35 sedan from Nissan's upscale Infiniti division has been brought up to date, with more power, sleeker styling and a better interior.
The G35 lacks the brand prestige of Lexus and major German rivals, but is a good alternative to them. It lacks the resale value of those competitors, but undercuts them on prices.
The G35 sedan costs from $31,450 for the Base rear-wheel-drive model with an automatic transmission to $33,950 for the all-wheel-drive G35x trim level with an automatic. Also offered is a manual gearbox. In between are Journey and Sport trim levels.
Fast Moving Industry
Infiniti thus has revamped the more rigidly built new G35 sedan. (The rear-wheel-drive coupe version not discussed here keeps its 2003-06 design and 280-298-horsepower V6 for 2007.)
Horsepower of the sedan's strong 3.5-liter V6 has been increased to 306, and it comes with rear-wheel drive or in all-wheel-drive (AWD) form.
More Sensual Styling
Even the Base G35 has plenty of comfort, convenience and safety equipment. It includes automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats, cruise control, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, keyless access and starting and power mirrors, windows and door locks with remote keyless entry.
Standard for the G35x AWD are dual-zone automatic climate controls, heated front seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights and locking center differential.
The Journey adds to the Base version dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6-disc CD/MP3 changer and automatic headlights.
Racier Sport Version
All versions get a bunch of safety features, including traction/anti-skid control, front-seat side airbags, front/rear side-curtain airbags, tire-pressure monitor and anti-lock brakes with a brake assist feature.
A $2,100 Navigation package for the Journey, Sport and G35x AWD has a navigation system with a touch screen and voice recognition, besides a hard drive for music file storage and XM satellite radio.
The 6-speed manual transmission works with a rather stiff clutch. It's offered only for the Sport, which also can be had with the automatic transmission. The manual fits the Sport's personality best, but it's a good thing that buyers of this G35 version have a choice between it and the automatic transmission.
Fuel economy with the automatic and rear-wheel drive is an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 on highways, or 19 and 25 with all-wheel drive. The Sport with the manual gearbox delivers an estimated 19 and 27. Premium fuel is recommended.
The speed-sensitive steering is precise and a little heavy, but not objectionably so. The accelerator and brake pedals initially felt touchy, but I soon learned to operate them smoothly.
Four tall adults easily fit in the G35. Front seats offer good support, particularly in the Sport version. A large front console eats into occupant space but has conveniently placed dual cupholders with a cover. However, there's only a moderately sized console storage bin.
The rear seat is roomy and contoured to hold occupants in place. A pull-down center armrest covers the hard center rear seat area.
Impossible to Stop
A classy analog clock decorates the center of the dashboard. Some controls are small, but they're easily operated after you get used to them. Large outside mirrors help rear visibility. But steeply angled windshield posts partly obstruct visibility in sharp corners, making it necessary to watch for pedestrians crossing a street in front of the car when it's turning a corner.
No Flip-Forward Seatbacks
The hood also goes up smoothly on struts and has a thick underhood cover for sound insulation.
The G35 sedan offers a lot of performance, features and style for the money. Infiniti probably could charge more for the car if it had a more upscale nameplate.