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First Drive: Infiniti G37xs

Changing perceptions, one car at a time.

by on May.31, 2011

Infiniti's G37xs takes on some tough competition.

When one thinks of sporty premium mid-size sedan, BMW’s 3-Series likely hops immediately to mind. Well, Infiniti has been trying to change that perception for years with the G35–now G37–and after a stint behind the wheel, one could make the case that Infiniti has succeeded.

See, the problem with the 3-Series is that while it offers almost near-perfection, it gets expensive with options. Not so our fairly loaded 2011 Infiniti G37 test car, which checked in at $44,875. Not exactly bargain basement, but a fair value in this class.

Our all-wheel drive G37xs Limited Edition sedan came with the 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It also boasted a lengthy list of options that could take up half a review on its own.

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That money buys you a pretty competent commuter that has some serious guts. Step on the gas and the G comes alive, launching forward in a manner that’s all business. The V-6 snarls a sinister tune as the G hunkers down, with the promise of swift returns on the investment made by your right foot. The only thing holding the car back is the weight of the all-wheel drive system. While AWD might be appreciated in the snow belt, the added weight does acceleration no favors, even if the additional traction helps keep the car planted.

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