Infiniti G37 Journey: Slip, Slide and Speed
When I laid eyes upon the ruby-red sinewy Infiniti G37 Journey sedan in the Michigan driveway, I let out a happy sigh. The G37 is not brand new, but it’s still a stunner with it’s curves that seem to melt into each other. It was going to be a fun week in Detroit — I was about to it kill it with these looks.
Yet, every now and then a responsible journalist needs to think carefully about the advice doled out to would be car customers. I was reminded of this driving the Infiniti G37 Journey in Detroit in January. My primary word of advice: If you plan on driving in any kind of slippery conditions, bypass rear-wheel drive and head straight for all-wheel drive at the Nissan dealership.
Really the G37 is a fantastic-looking sports car — and that’s what it’s meant for — good sports. My vehicle had the sport package to prove it with paddle shifters, 18-inch aluminum sport wheels and sport brakes.
However, navigating the Lodge freeway in Detroit blizzard-like conditions on a busy morning commute is not what the Infiniti G37 rear wheel drive powertrain with the sport package is intended for, by any means The good news is that I got to revisit my winter-driving school education with braking and skid test galore, and the car and I emerged unscathed under my care during my January test drive.
Yet, when the snow melted and the roads dried up, G37 got its sea legs back. At last I could appreciate the fine pedigree of the G37 – and that would be a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. With a manual shift mode with downshift rev matching, vehicle speed-shift power steering, dual flow path shock absorbers. The handling was adaptive and responsive on dry stretches of road and the G37 returned to glory.
The interior is balanced design that draws praises from all passengers who cozy up in the leather appointed seats that nestle the body. Infiniti has the edge with electronics integrated and a superior navigation package. And even in the chilliest of evenings, the climate system was responsive and personalized.
If I had my druthers, I’d spend more time in the Infiniti G37, or head for California, or hit the icy streets in all-wheel drive. Or maybe I’d like to try the G37 convertible.