2010 Infiniti G37
Infiniti has made it clear it has no intention of sitting by while BMW dominates the luxury market with its 1- and 3-Series models. No, they had their own big gun in the arsenal, the G37
, which offered up an impressive bargain while still delivering the power and refinement buyers are looking for. It wasn’t without its weakness, though. Infiniti still fell short on the convertible front, as it hadn’t offered a drop top in years. The 2010 G37 Convertible is out to prove top-down motoring doesn’t have to come with all of the headaches traditionally associated with a rag top as the new G37 comes standard with a power retractable hardtop. The car isn’t some hack job. It’s new from the A-pillars rearward, meaning the car’s structural architecture is all its own – not pieced together from the carcass of its coupe cousin. There’s also a robust climate control system designed to keep you comfortable, top up or down, any time of the year. What’s more, the retractable hard top seals out the elements and noise. For a company that hasn’t touched a convertible in years, this is an impressive effort.
What's to Like
The Infiniti G37 Convertible’s retractable hard top goes completely up or down in just 28 seconds, which is plenty quick. Unlike some other convertibles in this segment, the rear seats can actually hold full grown adults without breaking anyone’s legs. The adaptive climate control is a marvel, too.
What's Not to Like
This is a heavy car. Though the mesmerizing top mechanism weighs in at just 200 pounds, the rest of the platform hits the scales at a full 453 pounds over the hard-top coupe, which bumps the curb weight to a smidge over two-tons. Also, with the top down, the trunk is a joke, making the Saturn Sky’s boot look like an SUV. Seriously, anything bigger than a loaf of bread won’t fit.
DriverSide Driving Impressions
Even with all the extra weight onboard, the big V-6 power constantly teases you to mash the throttle. Acceleration is available in any gear thanks to the 3.7-liter, 330 horsepower powerplant wedged between the curvaceous fenders. The engine delivers constant power as the revs climb. Mated to a six-speed manual, the G37 Convertible is able to jaunt up onramps and tackle the passing lane with glee. Infiniti Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is on hand to correct any overcommitted mistakes, but disengaging the system allows you to perform true rear-wheel drive, full opposite lock power slides if that’s what your heart desires. The boost in power has been paired with a similar boost to the brakes, which measure 14-inches up front and 13.8-inches in the rear, easily bringing the drop top down from high speeds in no time flat. The suspension is stiffly sprung but well damped, resulting in direct steering that never feels jerky over rough surfaces.
Engine and Drivetrain
The G37 Convertible gets a ten percent bump in power over the old 3.5-liter model thanks to a modest increase in displacement. The 3.7-liter V-6 puts down 330 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque via a five-speed automatic with manual shift mode, or through a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox with power being driven to the rear wheels. Hands down, the engine under the hood is one of this car’s best attributes.
Interesting Vehicle Features and Options
The G37 Convertible’s retractable hard top is a thing of beauty. Simply push a button and a symphony of mechanical movement plays out over your head, going from fully up to completely tucked away beneath the rear deck lid in just 28 seconds. That may not seem very important, but when you’re caught in a freak rain storm, those are 28 very precious seconds. With the top up, the headliner is bereft of the massive gaps usually present in retractable hard top models. Infiniti also blessed its drop top with an adaptive audio system. The stereo monitors ambient noise and adjusts the stereo volume accordingly – ensuring you hear your favorite tunes top up or down.
Key Technology Evaluation
The Infiniti Controller system, which comes standard on the G37, uses a dash-mounted scroll and directional button interface to control the car’s stereo and navigation systems via a seven-inch color display mounted above the instrument panel. The radio is controlled via both the standard controls on the dash and multi-function display scroll knob, while the display shows stereo tuning and disc/aux information and climate control settings. Navigation comes as a $2,200 option, but is highly recommended as it includes real-time traffic updates and a 9.3GB hard drive for music storage.
Green Evaluation/Gas Mileage
The G37 might put out V-8 rivaling power, but gas mileage remains within the six-cylinder realm, especially at cruising speeds. The 3.7-liter engine returns 17 mpg in the city and an impressive 26 mpg on the highway, and achieves a ULEV-II emissions rating. The large 20-gallon gas tank makes fuel stops few and far between, even around town.
A Closer Look: Vehicle Details
The G37’s cockpit feels more comfortable and accommodating than it does opulent and is framed around a simple, brushed aluminum center console topped by the display screen. There’s seating for four adults comfortably inside, with a backseat that offers room for more than a jacket. The bright, multi-colored gauge cluster is a pleasure to look at and pairs well with the blue hues surrounding other interior controls. The seats are comfortable, yet properly bolstered for performance driving.
Unlike most retractable hard top cars, the top clam shell actually gives the G37 better overall proportions compared to its hard top or sedan cousins. An overall theme of restrained aggression graces the exterior of the G37 Convertible, from the two large, squinty air intakes and slightly louvered hood, to the small spoiler topping the clean-cut rear end. Side-on, the car’s performance inclinations are hinted at with Sport Package 19-inch rims, which wrap themselves around massive brake discs.
Market Segment and Pricing
Infiniti hasn’t released pricing on the G37 Convertible just yet, but it’s expected to fall short of the $45,000 mark. That puts it in line with competitors like BMW’s 335i Convertible
, the less powerful Audi TT Roadster
and the Mercedes-Benz CLK
. Given Infiniti’s reputation for providing bountiful luxury for a somewhat lower price tag, it’ll be interesting to see how the car does in today’s market.
What We Think
The Infiniti G37 Convertible offers an affordable blend of luxury and performance that its competitors simply can’t match given its (assumed) base price. Infiniti’s first convertible effort in more than a decade manages to soften the line between rag top and hard top with its ingenious retractable roof and the company’s attention to climate control make this one convertible that’s easy to live with in any climate. Though the car tends to weigh a little more than we would prefer in a sporty ride, extra heft is something unavoidable in a convertible. But overall, there’s little to be disappointed with when it comes to the 2010 G37 Convertible.