Flash Drive: 2009 Infiniti G37 Sedan AWD
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2007 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
I've always been a fan of cars that combine high performance with all-wheel drive, and the new G37x fits the bill perfectly. The Infiniti sports sedan is good-looking but doesn't really stand out from the crowd, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The interior is attractive, with quality materials and stylish wood trim. Navigation, climate and audio controls are intuitive, providing easy access to whatever feature you need. The G's new 3.7-liter V6 engine puts out plenty of power, and the all-wheel drive does an excellent job of harnessing that power, especially with impressive grip in the corners. The G37x is available only with Infiniti's 7-speed automatic transmission, which is unfortunate — I would have liked to have a manual. Overall, the transmission's not bad, but shifts are not terribly quick and can come when unexpected. That said, the G37x makes an excellent option for someone looking for a premium family car with all-season capability.–Perry Stern
The Infiniti G35 firmly established its position as an enthusiast's sports sedan, and the 2009 G37x adds refinement, ups the power and has more high tech. The Infiniti G37x is the all-wheel-drive version, and some of the sharp, sporty edge that made the original G35 such an enthusiast's car is lost. Though it is safer and more balanced, AWD adds some weight, which changes the driving dynamics. The crispness of the steering is gone, and the brakes seem unusually touchy; they respond very quickly but even with a conscious effort it is still difficult to be smooth and consistent with the brake pedal. Inside, the G37 moves upscale, with perforated leather seats, satin-finish wood trim and center stack with separate climate-control and audio functions with the overall information center up above. Our car was also equipped with the optional navigation and backup camera.–Mike Meredith
The all-wheel-drive system in the G37x appears to have fixed my one minor gripe with the Infiniti G-Series sports sedan. Because the G37x sends power to the front wheels, the nervous and oversensitive steering of the G37 has been replaced with confidence-inspiring handling. The all-wheel-drive system doesn't seem to have any drawbacks. It doesn't feel heavy or inert during corner, acceleration or braking. Of course, the interior continues to offer class-matching comfort and luxury, and easily fits adults in the back seats. Overall, the G37x is simply a very nice car and is, to my taste, the one to choose among all the Gs.–Paul Hagger