Putting a premium on performance.
The Infiniti G is a luxury sports car that emphasizes the latter. Maybe that’s why, for 2013, Infiniti is dropping the smaller-displacement G25 from its lineup and adding another Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) vehicle, the 343-hp IPL G convertible. Like the already available IPL G coupe, the convertible is set apart from regular G37 droptops by nineteen-inch graphite-finished aluminum wheels; sportier brakes, suspension, and exhaust; and a unique front fascia and side sills. Even though the IPL looks great, the convertible is probably our least favorite of the G37 body styles. The retractable hard top can squeak and creak on all but the smoothest roads, and when lowered, it effectively takes up all the trunk space. If cargo capacity is a must, the G37 also comes as a coupe and a sedan. Both are available with a seven-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual, if you opt for a Sport 6MT model. Those models come with sport brakes, sport-tuned suspensions, and power sunroofs, as well as a slew of technological gadgetry including navigation and rear parking assist. The Sport 6MT model is available for the G37 convertible, too. It’s the priciest G37 trim level for any body style, next to the IPLs, that is. An IPL G coupe with a six-speed manual costs $5600 more than a G37 coupe Sport 6MT.
new for 2013
The G25 will be sold through December 2012, when it will be discontinued. The base G37 coupe, the Sport Appearance Edition G37 sedan, and the Limited Edition G37 sedan are no longer available. Silk obi aluminum interior trim on some models replaces the previous shodo aluminum trim.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. The convertible’s rear seat has Äxed head restraints with pop-up roll bars.
Fun to drive
Rear- or all-wheel drive
V-6 engine is coarse
Convertible has almost no trunk space with top down
Base Price Range: $37,795–$61,495
DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: G37, G37 Journey, G37 Sport 6MT, G37x, IPL G
BODY STYLES: Sedan, coupe, convertible, 4- or 5-passenger
ENGINES: 3.7L V-6, 325/330/343/348 hp, 267/270/273/276 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: (sedan/coupe/convertible) 99.0/82.7–85.0/78.4 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (sedan/coupe) 13.5/7.4 cu ft; (convertible, top up/down) 10.3/2.0 cu ft