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Ignore G37 at your own peril

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 01:26 PM

It may not be on a potential shopper's radar like the popular BMW 3 Series but this luxury sports car from Infiniti deserves attention -- oodles of it. Carrying over from last year with minor changes, the G37 is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine blasting off 328 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 269 pounds-feet of torque at 5200 rpm. Available as a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the vibrant midsize sedan is mated to a seven-speed auto gearbox or a close-ratio six-speed manual for motoring enthusiasts.

Credit for the superbly accurate steering goes to a power-assist, rack-and-pinion system. Behind the wheels are large rotors: four-piston 14 inches at front and two-piston 13.8 inches at rear to inspire confidence in the driver.

If anyone tells you that the Infiniti cabin isn't on par with its German and Japanese rivals, point out the gorgeous Shodo aluminum trim on the instrument panels, center console and door panels along with the elegant electroluminescent gauges for coolant, tachometer, speedometer and fuel readings. Also standard on the boldly styled sedan is a dual-zone auto climate control, familiar Infiniti analog clock, power tilt/telescopic steering column and power moon roof.

Starting at $36,400 for the base Journey trim, with $38,000 for the mid-level and $41,000 for the Sport manual, the G37 boasts 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway figures. Our best on the six-speed stick was an average of 21.6 mpg in both driving modes.

The G37 displays aggressive handling, excellent cornering prowess and a firm steering feel. It is one of the smartest choices for a prospective sports sedan buyer. And a head-turning ride to boot.

G37 SPORT

Tires: P225/50R18 front; 245/45R18 rear

Suspension: independent double-wishbone front; multilink rear

Wheelbase: 112.2 inches

Length: 187.9 inches

Weight: 3,709 pounds

Fuel capacity: 20 gallons

Website: www.infiniti.com

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