Infiniti G37 VS Acura TL

One thing is for sure, it does not matter if you are cruising around Southern California in the 2013 Infiniti G37 or the 2013 Acura TL, you are going to turn heads. These are good-looking vehicles, with plenty of power. From elegant exteriors to cabins that echo of sophistication to impressive technology features, there is a lot to love about each one.

Performance

It does not matter which model you choose in the 2013 G37, you are going to get the same engine; fortunately, it happens to be a good one. Infiniti gives you a strong 3.7-liter V6 with either a six or seven-speed automatic to deliver 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. This car is quick; sprinting to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on the G37 X. Fuel economy yields 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Acura gives you two engines, but you need to go with the all-wheel drive model to get the larger one. The base engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that mates to a six-speed automatic to produce 280 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration speeds are not as fast as G37, but 6.5 seconds to 60 mph is still quite quick for this class. Fuel economy is a bit better than its rival though at 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The AWD model gets a 3.7-liter V6 good for 305 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration improves, taking 5.7 seconds to 60 mph, but fuel economy is at 21 mpg combined. The all-wheel drive gets rave reviews for its cornering capabilities.

Driving and Handling

It is safe to say you will enjoy driving either of these cars around Orange County. Although most buyers may choose one or the other based on styling, cabin comfort or performance, all will likely say similar things about the ride quality.

Handling is praiseworthy in both vehicles, to say the least. The 2013 Infiniti G37 is poised and compliant yet handles turns with control. Steering is responsive, downshifts are swift and the ride is smooth.

Then you drive the 2013 Acura TL and you feel the same level of excitement, especially in the all-wheel drive model. This is a vehicle that will literally have you looking for a winding mountain road to tackle with aggression. Steering is communicative, providing accurate and direct response and like G37, bumps and potholes are absorbed like a sponge.

Safety

Although both vehicles receive a long list of safety features, Acura does have a slight edge. When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, TL earned top safety scores in roof, front and side-impact protection. Although G37 received the same scores in side and frontal-offset tests, the second highest rating of “Acceptable” was awarded for roof-strength.

That being said, Infiniti has stronger braking capabilities. The 2013 G37 stops from 60 mph in an unheard of 106 feet! TL is at 122 feet, which is actually average for this class. TL is voted as a top-safety pick for 2013 though.

Exterior

The biggest difference between the two is that while the 2013 Acura TL is available only as a sedan, Infiniti G37 is available as a sedan, coupe and convertible. TL offers clean but modern lines, with an aerodynamic roof. The grille is quite simple, but it really allows the narrow cat-like eyes to be the main attraction. There are 17, 18 and 19-inch wheel options, all of which are attractive.

The 2013 Infiniti G37 is gorgeous, regardless if you choose a coupe, sedan or convertible. Triangular-headlamps look like deep-set eyes against the five-slot grille. Those choosing the convertible will either love or hate the fact that it is a retractable hardtop roof. Hard tops are more protective, durable, longer-lasting and quiet, but you do have to forfeit a little cargo space.

Interior

The interior of both of these vehicles will envelop you in luxury. Acura boasts contemporary styling with premium materials and aluminum trim. Infiniti also uses aluminum accents, but takes a handsome and familiar approach.

The seats in both vehicles are well-bolstered, supportive and comfortable. Although there is plenty of legroom in the backseat for adult passengers, TL does provide a bit more headroom

The cabins of both vehicles have been thoughtfully designed. The second you slip behind the wheel you feel yourself instantly pampered. The dash in the 2013 TL may look a little intimidating at first with so many controls, but you quickly discover everything is placed quite thoughtfully. The 2013 G37 also provides intuitive controls and the iPod interface is by far one of the best in the industry.

Technology and Entertainment

You can plan on being impressed by the technology features in both of these vehicles. They have plenty of standard and optional features for optimal customization. The standard TL audio system is quite impressive, but the 10-speaker surround sound will blow you away. It even comes with 15GM hard drive media storage. Infiniti offers a Studio on Wheels® by Bose® that virtually makes you feel as though you are in a live performance.

Both vehicles offer top-of-the-line navigation systems, and all the other extras you would expect, including Bluetooth, iPod integration, audio auxiliary jack and more.