2011 BMW
335i
vs. 2011 Infiniti
G37 Sport

2011 Infiniti G37 Sport

10.0

starting from

$41,095
"Muscular V6 engine."
edmunds.com | talking about the G's engine
"Attractively priced."
edmunds.com | talking about the G's value

Reasons to buy the Infiniti G37 Sport

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Power outlets
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Spacious front seats
55.2 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK braking distance from 60mph
126 ft
2011 BMW 335i

9.5

Runner-up

BMW 335i

starting from

$42,925
"The engine puts out only 265 horsepower, but manages a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque"
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's engine
"The absence of the Sport package also means the car lacks paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic's manual mode, but we're fine with that, as we never liked BMW's paddle shifters. The transmission still has a sport mode, which does an excellent job of downshifting in anticipation of cornering."
reviews.cnet.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 335i

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Folding rear seats
Optional
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Average highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
19 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Winner: G37 Sport
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  • The G37 Sport's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The G37 Sport's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the G37 Sport's satellite radio; in the 335i, too, but it'll cost
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Winner: G37 Sport
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  • Almost the same
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.2 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
  • The G37 Sport has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Winner: G37 Sport
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the G37 Sport
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Winner: G37 Sport
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  • Around 10% more powerful, 328 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
  • Almost the same, 35.4 ft vs 36.1 ft
  • The G37 Sport's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 11.3 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport Winner: G37 Sport
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  • Basic warranty lasts 10,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Entertainment System

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Number of speakers 10 vs 10 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The G37 Sport's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 335i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the G37 Sport's satellite radio; in the 335i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The G37 Sport has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 500 miles vs 451 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.5 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.2 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3 The G37 Sport has roomy front seats, but the 335i is very cramped
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Optional The 335i offers an optional folding rear seat for extra cargo room; not available on the G37 Sport
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The G37 Sport's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 335i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The G37 Sport has a good number of cupholders, but the 335i is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the G37 Sport

Performance

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Horsepower 328 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The 335i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 11.3 lb/hp vs 11.9 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 36.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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MSRP $41,095 vs $42,925 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 19 mpg The 335i has OK city mileage, while the G37 Sport is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Both have long-lasting basic warranties, but G37 Sport in particular is extraordinary
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Infiniti
G37 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport
2011 BMW 335i BMW
335i
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0-60 mph 5.6 seconds vs 5.2 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 126 ft vs 134 ft The G37 Sport's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 335i is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.1 s s @ 104.0 mph mph vs 13.8 s s @ 102.0 mph mph Both posted zippy 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.89 g vs 0.88 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Honda Accord EX-L 328i vs Accord EX-L
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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 328i vs 6 i Touring
2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
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2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 2011 Nissan 370Z Touring G37 Sport vs 370Z Touring
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 2012 Infiniti M56 G37 Sport vs M56
2011 Infiniti G37 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport G37 vs C300 Sport
2011 Infiniti G37 2012 Acura TL G37 vs TL

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