Pros Power, comfort, aesthetics, and price. Ride was comfortable and quiet on the Sport. Good handling, well laid out and inviting interior, alum trim hides finger prints fairly well.
Cons Gas mileage may not be for the faint of heart. Color selection is okay, though a little on the bland side.
Summary I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2007 Infiniti G35 since early summer. In my opinion this car was worth the wait. It is actually much more striking when seen up close and in person.
On a visual level, something about how the light reflects off the curved surfaces of this car truly captures the eye. It is well proportioned, which isn't something I could say about the previous generation G. To me, the interior is much nicer than in the BMW 335i coupe that I also tested. The BMW is the more athletic of the two cars, and it's interior says to me, "let's get down to business", which is what the BMW does in spades. Whereas the G35 interior feels like you have entered a 5-star restaurant and the maitre d' has reserved their best table for you.
Beyond being coddled by its finer appointments, the G35 has plenty of punch. In fact while lightly tapping on the accelerator to pull out of the driveway for my test drive, the sales person I were immediately thrown back against our seats. Passengers should refrain from eating or drinking anything while you accelerate. The acceleration has a deep throaty sound if you are into that sort of thing.
The combination of the car's balance and the comfortable seats managed to keep me in position as I made aggressive turns onto streets and freeway on/off ramps. The sound system actually sounds quite good considering it comes from the less than audiophile Bose Corporation.
I was very impressed with the BMW 335i and was seriously thinking about going that route, but for me, the G35 is a very sweet ride that does 95% of what the BMW can do. I couldn't afford to spend an additional $8000 to get that last 5% of adrenaline rush.
If you feel the BMW is in your future, perhaps you can lease the G35 for 24 months (12k miles per yr). When your lease is up, there should be plenty of Certifie Pre-Owned 335i's you can get for a lot less. No I don't work for Nissan/Infiniti. Hope this helps those in the same boat as me who are debating between the G35 and the 335i.Updated
Well...the day after posting my original review I took the plunge and am now the happy owner of a platinum graphite G35 in the Sport trim and MT. The options include the prem pkg, splash guards, and tinted windows. I think the nav would have been great but none of the cars with a manual trans came with that feature where I made the purchase. Still, I am a happy camper as I was able to negotiate a price below sticker...sweet!
Having had a few days to drive this car, my opinion is even more positive. It is a joy to drive and makes me want to get in and just go some place far. That in itself speaks volumes as I typically hate driving and try to bum rides from others whenever possible.
I'm not sure if all Infiniti dealerships offer the same levels of service but my experience was quite positive. They even have a consultant who is coming by my office to thoroughly demonstrate each feature in my new car.
I also got to drive the first generation G as a loaner while my car was having its windows tinted. The new model is so much nicer in every aspect. The sales people told me they were having trouble moving the older model as it looks so inferior to the new G35. That it is, but still, the 2006 G is still quite capable and can be had for a very reasonable price with attractive financing.
I still rate the 2007 G35 as 9 out of 10 because the mileage needs to be improved. Though I have only been driving in city traffic, my mileage is currently only 15 or 16 mpg. Perhaps there needs to be a break-in period before I see at least 22 mpg overall. I hope so. Luckily I kept my Honda for just this reason.
Put a test drive of the G35 on your list of things to do when making out your New Year's resolution.
Pros Creature Features, Power, Styling... Yum Yum
Cons Lousy Mileage so far...
Summary I test drove a 2007 Audi A4 V6, BMW 335 the same day I test drove the G35. As a previous Audi A4 Quattro owner, I was truly looking to replace it with another A4, but the prices are through the roof as are the BMW’s when you start loading options as compared to the G35. Yes I know German cars are known for performance and this is worth the $$$ to some. I feel the performance of the G35 is not far behind that of the BMW 335 and exceeds that of the A4. I just can’t see putting an extra $9k into a BMW 335xi when I can buy the loaded G35X. By the way the 4WD BMW 335xi won’t be out until later this year. A loaded A4 V6 Quattro will put you back about $43k where the G35X (loaded) is about $39K
I read all the editor reviews for the new 2007 G35 as well as 325/335 & A4. Most editors raved about this car and the changes made for 2007. But more important to me is the user reviews (you & I) which I scanned from multiple web sites. Users I feel are much less forgiving when it comes to negative issue(s) and much more critical of annoyances & benefits. The only issue I had seen repeatedly is the low mileage on the G which I can attest. Hey it is a 3.5 V6 with 306HP, what do you expect? I don’t know where they got 25 hwy miles for I have yet to break 20 on the open road. But if you can afford this car, you shouldn’t be crying at the pump.
The features I like most is the touch screen Nav upgrade with 9 GB internal HD for MP3s, great Bluetooth system for phone usage, great sounding stereo & very comfortable front seats. Some of the dash controls are a bit tricky to find in the dark, but in time this should pass once I know where to ‘feel’. Rain sensing wipers, user select high speed warning & auto locks when the cars is in drive would be some nice features
Infinity offers a bumper to bumper 4 yr 50,000 warranty as does BMW, but Audi now charges an extra $550 for this upgrade!
I have only owned the car a little over a week, and I must say I am a happy camper!
"Miles of Smiles"on by RadiantRoad
Pros Power, Sound System, Trans
Cons Fuel Economy, leg room could be more generous for the front. Nav system is very sophisitcated, but, not very intelligent in its choice of routes (suggest a VZ Navigator on your Verizon phone).
Summary Life is simply too short to cheap yourself out of this one; I find myself sitting in the car while in the garage listening to music. The sound system is that good; like a sound studio.
And when it is on the road, the only thing that could possibly take it is a Ferarri. This car is fast. But, you pay for that power - fuel economy is poor. By the way, who comes up with those ratings and why is it that Honda and Toyota seem to get much closer to their ratings than Nissan.
Oh well, with that said, this car is flat out a great driving experience. Bullet-proof drive-train that has a good track record. I highly recommend it.
Pros The first car in it's class to beat out the BMW 3 series in almost every category!
Cons Fuel Economy
Summary I drove the BMW 3 Series (328 and 335), I drove the Acura TL, I drove the Lexus IS330 and the Audi A4. I fell in love with the G35. Unlike the 335, the G35 performs even at cruising speeds. I feel that it has more responsive acceleration in normal driving conditions. The interior is classy unlike the cheesy interior found in the BMW, quality, reliability and cost of ownership is better, and it is FAR less expensive. The only thing BMW has over this vehicle is it's name. I feel that in this class the TL has the best interior but does not match up to it's competitors in other categories. Summary: Move over BMW 3 series, finally there is a new king on the block!!! The G35 Sedan, the best car and value in it's class!
Pros The amount of car for the price is what lead me to the G's in late 2007.
Cons I'm a geek and would love to have added Nav to my car, but being a geek and knowing what goes into a NAV system I could not allow myself this luxury at the inflated price requested.
Summary More on the Pro's: This might have actually been a CON, but I could not decide between my wants and practicality. I wanted an 08 G37 Coupe, ultimately I knew the sedan was more practical. I then had to choose between the RWD or the "X" AWD.
Finding a great deal on a low mile 2007 Premium packaged Journey in my colors of choice helped with this decision.
After 2 years of comparision shopping I purchased my 07 G35 Sedan with no regrets! A few years from now when the nest is less crowded might have resulted in G37.
Till then... Knowing my "sedan" will get from 0-60 in 5.2, and run the quarter in the upper 13's will keep me content with my family crusier.