2010 Infiniti G37 Coupe and EX35 Journey AWD

30 May 2010 | 6,082 views | One Comment
Infiniti EX35 Journey and G37 Sport Coupe: Apart from the Crowd---Thankfully Infiniti who loves cars will tell you that the best ones are not always the ones that garner the most sales. That’s especially true of luxury cars and small luxury crossovers. While the sales leaders in those segments of the market may be great products, they often aren’t edgy enough to be particularly interesting, and their handling and performance often has been somewhat compromised to more effectively serve a larger audience. All we can say is thank goodness for Infiniti. Nissan’s luxury brand may not ring up the most sales at the cash register, but they sure ring our bells when it comes doing what we at Automobile Journal value most: Serving up performance and styling superbly and making both available to people at reasonable prices. They are edgy, fascinating automobiles, almost always pushing the envelope in design, and resolutely sticking to a formula which works for them. You will never, ever mix up an Infiniti with any other brand of car, and in this age when so many cars look and act alike, that’s a blessing. We came to that conclusion after testing both a a 2010 Infiniti EX Journey all-wheel drive crossover and the 2010 Infiniti G37 Coupe, also with all-wheel drive. 2010 infiniti g37 coupe Let’s look at the coupe first. Where should we begin?  The exhaust system which sounds so deliciously exotic and intoxicating? The explosive acceleration?  The styling that sets it apart nicely from its competitors?
 This car somehow manages to be velvety smooth when you drive it, while still managing to call for plenty involvement and input from the driver. Few manage to achieve that formula successful. Many cars simply fall heavily on driving ease and over assisted handling, or perform so roughly and abruptly over the road that you leave the car with a back ache and rattled teeth. The car sure has all the pieces, with responsive steering that doesn’t require frequent correction, independent front and rear suspension, electronic brake force distribution, vehicle dynamic control and traction control sys4emsand other equipment as well. Of course, there’s the award-winning 3.7 liter, 330 horsepower V-6 that produces 270 pounds feet of torque while still getting 18/25 miles per gallon, too. When you hit the pedal, you get instant, satisfying response and the downshift “rev matching” oif the manual shift mode works like a charm, too. It’s part of a seven speed automatic transmission, which puts the G37 Coupe at the head of technology line for transmissions. While we didn’t have reason to put the “Attesa E-TS” all-wheel drive system with snow mode to the test, we can tell you that the friends we have who own G37s with this system rave about how well they did during last winter’s awful snows. The interior of the G-37 falls on the contemporary side of luxury, with nice, graceful sweeps of aluminum and high gloss maple throughout. There’s a nice looking, modern traditional face clock, and all of the controls fall to hand pretty easily. We also liked the nice purple lighting accents here and there on the controls. However, one of the few problems we had with the coupe involved the tightness of space between the door and the front drivers seat, making it tough to operate the seat controls. If your hands are pretty beefy, you may find this to be a problem. Reaching back for the seat belt also was uncomfortable for some members of the Automobile Journal team. Rear seat room is pretty tight, but on the positive side, getting there is a bit easier than on other cars because there are several ways to make the front seats move forward for greater access. Standard equipment was extensive, of course. You get  the aforementioned seven speed tranny full power equipment, “shodo” finish aluminum trim, dual zone automatic temperature control. Tilt and telescoping wheel, XM Satellite radio, and lots of other things for the $39,150 base price. Several packages are available, including a premium package with moon roof, Infiniti Studio On Wheels, and rear sonar; a navigation package that includes XM NavTraffic and XM NewsWeather, Zagat Survey restaurant reviews, Infiniti Voice recognition and a 9.3 GB Music Box Hard Drive and other features. The final price on our tester with these items was a $45,315, a bargain when you consider what you get. 2010 infiniti ex35 awd Our 2010 EX35 Journey AWD crossover was a study in contrasts and personality. Yes, it had terrific acceleration, and in terms of handling, some auto journalists we know consider this model to be the best handling model in the “G” lineup. So clearly, we aren’t referring to the basics here. When we say it contrasts with the G37 Coupe, we are talking more subtleties, more personality elements instead. When we drove this car, we couldn’t help thinking we were touring the English countryside with an English setter in the back. The EX35 conveys a sense of the well;-loved “shooting brake” wagon that the English love so well. That feeling was reinforced by the bespoke design of the interior. It looks classy and of course, as usual for Infiniti, it resembles nothing else you’ll find anywhere. It’s still contemporary, but more interesting tucks and pleats and stitching. We absolutely loved it. The EX35 also is the perfect size for urban commuting, though you will not find as much cargo carrying room as you may find  with other luxury crossovers. Power in the EX35 comes from a 297 horsepower 3.5 liter V-6 backed by a six speed automatic that has the same manual shift mode with “Downshift Rev Matching” for more enjoyment on  the road. The car gets 16/23 miles per gallon on the road, and base price for the Journey version is $37,400. Equipped with the BOSE audio system and the Around View Monitoring—which by the way is superb and works better than just about anything out there-- and other goodies in that package, along with the premium package and a few other items brings the price to $42,945. Standard equipment includes leather seats, Blue Tooth Hands Free phone system, the usual Ipod connections, map pockets, and countless other  items that also were standard equipment on the G37 Coupe. If you don’t depend heavily on cargo sp[ace, and you want a distinctive, strong performing luxury crossover that’s truly in a class by itself, the EX35’s got your number. All told, it’s clear that Infiniti’s lineup continues to be as it always was—luxury sports machines for the discerning.

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