CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2008

Wednesday December 31st, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Happy New YearHappy New Year everyone!

Another year has passed by and it is time for reflection upon the past year, as well as looking forward to more good things happening in 2009. 2008 had the debut of the largely anticipated Nissan GT-R which ran rings around the competition from the European stalwarts such as the BMW M3 and Porsche 911. In 2008, gas prices reached an all-time high of over $4 per gallon and dropped below $2 a gallon in less than six months. I don’t even want to mention the controversy surrounding the subject of bailing out the big 3 American auto makers because that conjures up more pain that the taxpayers have to bear. Getting past the greedy oil brokers and money-grubbing banks, there were still some outstanding cars that came out in 2008. CarReview’s editors reviewed the cars for 2008 and picked their favorites. Below is our list of outstanding vehicles that don’t require any handouts from congress.

(The photos are linked to the page with the corresponding consumer reviews.)
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Bloomingdale's Is Now An Infiniti Dealer?

Wednesday November 5th, 2008 at 12:1111 PM
Posted by: tonyb

Well, if you believe the press release, it would seem so. The headline reads: “Limited Edition Infiniti G37 Convertible Premier to be sold through Bloomingdale’s”.

Wha? OK, I guess that’s not all that way out or anything, Neiman-Marcus sells limited edition BMWs now and again, and hey, it IS a version of car that at best can be described as being a boulevardier.

An Infiniti G37 convertible, limited edition or not, is not the kind of car you’re going to take out for a blast up the coast highway some early Sunday morning. No, this is the kind of car that you and your 3rd (maybe 4th) trophy wife take out for for that charity benefit for Sir Denis Eton-Hogg’s Hoggwood: Summer Camp For Pale Young Boys.

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2008 Infiniti EX35 Review – Luxury That Defies Classification

Tuesday September 16th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer

Review by Alex Kramer | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Exhilarating 297 hp V6 engine
  • Nicely balanced suspension
  • Luxuriously appointed interior
  • Striking exterior design
  • Cornucopia of technological goodies

Cons:

  • Limited interior space
  • Tires could use more stick
  • Annoying lane departure warning system

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2008 Infiniti G37 – Racing Infiniti's Red Rocket

Friday August 29th, 2008 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2008 Duel-at-De Anza autocross course
By Alex Kramer

Every year at the college where I work the auto-tech program hosts an autocross, the “Dual at De Anza.” For years I’ve contemplated entering the event, but either lacked the courage or the right car to do so. When I heard that CarReview.com would be testing a 2008 Infiniti G37 on the weekend of this year’s race, I gave Derek a call and with his blessing entered both of us.

As far as luxury sports coupes go, the Infiniti G37 is a fine example of how impressive this class of automobiles has become. Combining the refinement of the finest luxury sedans with some serious horsepower and handling prowess, the G37 feels most at home cruising down the highway at a high rate of speed. Would this large coupe have the right balance of power and cornering agility for the tight confines of an autocross course? We would soon find out.
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2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible

Monday August 18th, 2008 at 7:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Infiniti G37 Convertible

The all-new G37 Convertible, the first-ever open-air G, is set for a mid-2009 model year introduction. Based on the current G37 Coupe, the G Convertible promises stunningly seductive styling and G-worthy dynamic performance. The new G37 Convertible will feature a three-piece automatic retracting hardtop, to keep a coupe-like roofline, and available unique interior treatment. Audio and HVAC systems have been enhanced to provide an inviting experience with the top up or down. The G37 Convertible will be powered by a 3.7-liter V6 producing 320-plus horsepower.

The all-new Infiniti G37 Convertible is set to make its world debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Sales of this sleek and sexy roadster begin nationwide in early 2009. For those who worship the sun while cruising their favorite route, the G37 Convertible will be a great way to greet the warm and sunny days of spring.

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2009 Infiniti FX Makes World Debut at Geneva Motor Show

Thursday March 6th, 2008 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Infiniti FX

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 4, 2008) – Infiniti today revealed the all-new 2009 Infiniti FX performance luxury crossover in conjunction with the Geneva Motor Show. The second-generation FX, with its fusion of sports car and SUV design, will be offered in three models, including a new 5.0-liter V8-equipped Infiniti FX50. The 2009 FX is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada in June 2008.

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Infiniti Announces Pricing on 2008 EX Luxury Crossover

Tuesday December 11th, 2007 at 8:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Infiniti EX35

LOS ANGELES – Infiniti announced pricing on the all-new 2008 EX35 personal luxury crossover SUV today at the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show. The Infiniti EX35, which goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide on December 21, 2007, offers an exceptional combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems – including the debut of the available Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which utilizes four small cameras to give the driver a “top-down view” of the outside of the vehicle while parking.

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2008 Infiniti G37 – The European Sports Coupe NOT from Europe

Thursday October 4th, 2007 at 9:1010 PM
Posted by: torbach1

2008 Infiniti G37
by Tamir Orbach

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Even better acceleration than the ’07 G35
  • Handles and feels like a true sports car and easily up to par with competing BMW sports coupes and sedans
  • Very comfortable sports seats
  • Intuitive controls
  • Lots of standard features and great options
  • Killer sound system
  • Price

Cons:

  • Fit and finish much improved over ’07 coupe, but not yet up to par with BMW (very close though) and definitely not up to par with Audi (whose interiors I consider to be the best in the business)
  • Rear seat is useful only for sado-masochistic adults, small children, or Dobby the house elf, with difficult ingress and egress from rear seat
  • Trunk size is fairly small even for a sports coupe
  • Auto box needs a 6th gear for highway driving

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First Impressions: 2007 Infiniti M35 Review

Monday August 6th, 2007 at 5:88 AM
Posted by: twain

by Twain Mein

2007 Infiniti M35

Introduction

This review is for the Infiniti M35. There are three versions of the M35; “base”, M35x—all wheel drive, and M35 Sport—with sport suspension and rear wheel steering. This review is for the base model—though heavily optioned. Sticker is $41,000, but ours was loaded and came to nearly $50,000. It’s a sport/luxury sedan that competes against the Lexus GS, Audi A6, and in between the BMW 5- series. With less than 300 horsepower and somewhat non-descript styling, I wasn’t sure how well it would fare.

Pros:

  • Wow. Upon closer inspection, it actually looks pretty damn good. The styling is subtle but really elegant. Grows on you. Probably disappears to cops which means fewer tickets
  • Interior. Gorgeous leather. Seats that are very comfy yet well bolstered for spirited driving
  • All the electronics gadgets you could ever want. Most importantly, integrated blue tooth so you can talk hands free. This will become law next year in California.

Cons:

  • Perhaps too many electronic gizmos…
  • Rear seat doesn’t fold down

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2007 Infiniti M35 Review – The "Value-Oriented" Luxury Sedan

Monday August 6th, 2007 at 4:88 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

by Kurt Gensheimer

2007 Infiniti M35

Blings:

  • V-6 weight and fuel economy with V-8 power
  • Dizzying list of whiz-bang features
  • Easy to use navigation system
  • Light and nimble handling
  • FINALLY someone has figured out seat coolers!
  • Fit and finish like a German luxury sedan

Dings:

  • Mind-boggling list of whiz-bang features
  • Irritating Nanny Nissan Lane Deviation Warning system
  • Rand McNally works better than the navigation system
  • Transmission doesn’t compliment the smoothness of the engine

Ruling:

For those non-pretentious types looking to save thousands, the Infiniti delivers everything a German luxo ride does. Well, almost everything.

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