Last post on Dec 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM
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Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Comparison Test: 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD vs. 2009 Infiniti G37 Journey - Sportiness transcends sheer door count when it comes to the desirability of a sedan these days, and two examples of this are the 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD and the 2009 Infiniti G37 Journey. Sedans only in form and more coupelike in dynamic function, these two cars take their sporting credentials seriously. (more)
#16 of 20 I choose the TL over the G37
Jul 30, 2009 (8:13 pm)
This is like comparing apples to oranges or a pickup truck to a hatchback.
Throw some realworld conditions like a little water on the road and the G37 would take a "drubbing".
I was faced with deciding between the G37 and TL. Having a friend with a G35, my original preference was for the Infiniti G37. I drove both cars back to back several times.
> The scoring was close enough between the two that the G37's
> $2,730 sticker price advantage took on increased significance.
Add AWD to the G37, the weight and sticker price advantage disappears.
Acura's SH-AWD (Super Handling) is far superior to Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel drive. Once you understand how to drive a SH-AWD, you'll find it's the closest thing to cornering on rails (Acura calls it a Yaw moment). I found the Acura more of a solid firm feel which gave the illusion of going slower than you actually are, and the Infinity the opposite, where you felt the speed more.
The Infiniti G37x (AWD) with 328 hp. 7 speed automatic vs the Acura with 305 hp. 5 Speed both run around 5.9 sec. So straight line performance is the same. More is not always better. The Acura engine seems more refined while the G37s is a little wilder.
Exterior appearance I began with a preference for the Infiniti but found the Acura styling grew on me and looked sportier where as the Infiniti front started to look more and more like a Hyuandai with all the round curves. A 180 degree flip for me. I felt the demographic group for the TL is younger than for the G37. From the outside the Acura line seem to make it appear much larger.
Acura interior is far nicer than the Infiniti. Even the quality of the leather seems better. The G37 front seats are very comfortable but the Acura even has shoulder bolstering. I really like the Infiniti's signature Analog clock. Nice touch of class. The back seat in the Infinity is cramped for leg room. The Acura rear seat leg room is much better and even comparable to an Infinity M35. Just look at the two rear seat pictures in the review and compare.
Acura has a perfect 5 star crash test rating. The G37 only received a 4 in frontal passenger. Not a deal breaker by itself but another straw.
End of the day, a few tenths of a second difference in 0-60 time in optimal conditions isn't enough to base a decision to buy one car over another car. You may have better compared stereos or blue tooth connectivity...
Jul 30, 2009 (9:09 pm)
> Here's a side by side comparison of the G37x and TL SH-AWD specs.
> http://www.edmunds.com/apps/nvc/edmunds/VehicleComparison?styleid=101115176&styl- - eid=101082859&maxvehicles=5&refid=&op=3&tab=specs
> In my opinion, they should have compare the G37x with the sport package to the
> TL SH-AWD. That would have been more of an apples to apples comparison.
Yes, the Acura has the Technology/Navigation package and the Infinity doesn't. You'd have to add at least the Navigation package, Premium package, spoiler and 18" wheels to get the Infinity G37 to match the Acura TL. The MSRPs are both in the same ball park when you consider it's difficult to equip the cars identically due to how the options are packaged. I find Infinity has a little more versitility when it comes to selecting option packages.
Just goes to show you have to check for yourself that you're comparing apples to apples and understand what the equipment differences are so you can make a informed decision.
#18 of 20 Re: Article Comments - 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD vs. 2009 Infiniti G37 Journey [sam_k]
Jul 31, 2009 (11:27 am)
0-60 6s (Here its slower than a 328i with 230HP)
1/4 mile 14.8s 97mph (At par with the 328i with 230HP)
G35x with 306HP (Have not seen the G37x times yet, which would be better)
1/4 mile 14s 100mph
I would not call this the same.
It would be hard for me to get the TL over the 328i, interior, exterior, features are all subjective. I would pass on the 328i for the G37 though. Just my 2 cents.
#20 of 20 Re: Article Comments - 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD vs. 2009 Infiniti G37 Journey [sjaieve]
Dec 17, 2009 (9:44 am)
My sister has a 2007 Infiniti G35X and I have driven that car many times. The car is a rocket, so I can only imagine how fast the G37 must be.
The Infiniti is not a comfortable car at all. My brother in law hates it. The car is definitely more sport oriented than the TL.
Now as for the TL, it has lots of room and is very comfortable. I think it has plenty of HP and shows much more composure with handling that HP. It is much more civilized than the Infiniti.
It really comes down to personal preference. I was really liking the Infiniti, but when it came down to it the wife & I liked the civility of the TL. Just MO.