The 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.