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Infiniti's G35 sedan has a base price in the low 30s but offers great performance and many tech options.
We like the bold front fender design of the G35, but overall, the car looks sedate, masking its performance character.
This 3.5-liter V-6 engine sees use in a wide variety of Nissan and Infiniti models. It has been named in the 10 best engines of the year. It produces 306 horsepower at 6,800rpm.
The unassuming design of the G35 makes it fit well in the morning commute, but it is more fun to drive in the mountains.
This car has the Sport package, giving it a red S next to the G35 badge on the trunk lid. This package adds a limited slip differential to the car along with paddle shifters.
We like the interior look and feel, as Infiniti uses fine materials with good fit.
Our G35 handled exceptionally well, taking tight corners with very little slip, partly due to the help of the limited slip differential and the traction control.
Infiniti made the smart move of mounting the paddle shifters on the steering column, keeping them stationary when the wheel is cranked around.
We would prefer a six-speed, but the five-speed automatic in the G35 performed well, downshifting aggressively as we approached turns.
The new G35 uses a hard-drive-based navigation system, with plenty of room for rich maps. In this split view, you can see the plan and 3D maps.
The G35's navigation system has a unique feature where you can see representations of buildings in downtown areas.
The route guidance graphics for freeways are particularly rich, giving the driver a good representation of what to expect.
Traffic reporting is offered through XM satellite radio. The system reports on traffic incidents and shows traffic flow information for major roads.
With the G35's Bluetooth cell phone integration, you can dial numbers with this keypad. It will also log any calls made in the car, making them easy to redial.
XM satellite radio is one of the music sources available to the Bose audio system in the G35. We liked the high-end clarity offered by this system, but the mid-range was a little muddled.
9.3 gigabytes of the navigation system's hard drive is made available to store music in a feature Infiniti calls Music Box.
The car also has a CompactFlash slot on the console for playing digital music. We found the slot cover a little difficult to remove.
The interface for CompactFlash could have been better. It only lets you view folder on the card, rather than organizing music by album, artist, and genre.
An iPod port is located in the console. This port makes your iPod music available to the car's stereo and keeps the iPod charged.
The iPod integration is excellent, letting you select music by artist, album, and genre.
The six-disc changer also plays MP3 CDs, using an interface fairly typical of what we've seen in other cars.
When you put a CD into the car's changer, you get the option of recording, or ripping it, to the hard drive. Ripping only works with RedBook CDs, and not MP3 CDs.
The G35's reverse camera is an excellent feature, as it provides overlays showing where the car will go based on wheel turn, plus how far it is from obstacles.