Had the pleasure of driving a a few times in the past two days. Yesterday, at lunch, with a load of four editors aboard, I could feel that this new 218-bhp G25 didn't have the beans of its larger-engine 327-bhp brother, particularly while merging onto Newport Boulevard.
Last night, though, and on the way in to work this morning, I began to appreciate the G25 more. In everyday driving situations, the car actually has plenty of power, enough to satisfy the vast majority of folks who don't take their cars to the track on weekends. And the 2.5-liter V-6 engine—a version of that in the Altima but turned longitudinally—is significantly smoother and more refined than the 3.7-liter VQ in the G37, particularly at its impressive 7500-rpm redline. What's more, the engine is mated to Infiniti's sporty 7-speed automatic gearbox, which holds gears in Manual mode and rev-matches beautifully on downshifts. All this, in a car that still boasts the fantastic F/M chassis, which makes the G one of the few cars that will actually oversteer when driven hard. Simply put, this G, even with the smaller V-6, continues to be a kick on a twisty road.
On top of that, the G25 gets 20 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway; that's better than the G37's 18/26. With an MSRP of $32,350 and an as-tested price of $34,225, the new G25 makes life with a G a bit more attainable. About the only item our test car lacked was the optional navigation system; the large screen on the center stack was begging to be filled by a map.