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2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible Review

High-Performance Hardtop

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2010 Infiniti G37 convertible

In short: A value-packed, sporty hardtop convertible.


T
he Infiniti G37 Convertible has been built to compete with solid, sporty German imports like the BMW 3 Series, and to Infiniti's credit, it sure feels like some of them at times. The good news is that this Japanese-built drop-top, which starts at a price under $45,000, is much easier on the wallet.

Featuring fluid lines and an aerodynamic body design, the G37 Convertible appears very stylish at first glance, and the view only improves once behind the wheel. Overall, the drive is quite pleasant, with the convertible's 325-horsepower V6 with VVEL providing plenty of pep; however, with a weight of over two tons, the G37 can feel a bit heavy at times.

Inside the small but well-equipped cabin, the luxury feel continues with an impressive array of electronic goodies, including user-friendly navigation and Bluetooth systems. Countering the conventional convertible setbacks brought on by wind and cold weather, the G37's adaptive dual zone climate control keeps passengers warm even with the top down, while the Bose Open Air Sound System offers decent audio. Unfortunately, sounds of a different sort—specifically crackling, metallic sounds—are somewhat of an annoyance when the hardtop is up.

The drive itself is comfortable enough for front seat passengers, although those not riding shotgun may feel a bit cramped. Trunk space is also limited, and becomes completely nonexistent with the top down. These space shortage issues mean that you will want to plan your activities about town carefully; nevertheless, this sleek two-door works perfectly as a weekend getaway car for a couple with little luggage. Practical, the Infiniti G37 isn't. But fun? Most definitely.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $44,350 / As tested: $51,835

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, rear-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 2-door convertible

Engine: 3.7-liter, 24-valve DOHC V6 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift system)
Horsepower: 325 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic with manual shift mode

Curb weight:
4,077 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 183.3/72.9/55 in
Turning circle: 36.1 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: independent double-wishbone front with coil springs and stabilizer bar; independent multi-link rear with coil springs and stabilizer bar

Traction: traction control system; vehicle dynamic control

0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
Top Speed: 149 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
17 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg

Safety:
dual-stage supplemental front airbags with passenger seat occupant detection sensors; door-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags; driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental airbags; pop-up roll bars

Likes:
feels solid; sportiness; value

Dislikes: satellite antenna placement; crackling noise from retractable hardtop when up

 

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