I couldn't describe my G37 to G80 experience any better.These cars are, IMHO, not comparable at all.... the G37 was sporty, quick as hell, and smaller. The G80 is much better equipped, larger, and a bit slower. All of that also applies to me personally.........
Traded in my wife’s 2010 Nissan Maxima SV. Just shy of 100k on the ODO.
Could have driven it into the ground but became obsessed with the G70. And I was worried the CVT could have developed an issue and I’d lose any trade-in value the car had. Well, at least that’s how I sold it to the wife
The Maxima was a great car. Tons of room, compliant ride, and was “quick” around town. No maintenance issues with it.
For those who replaced a 7th-gen Maxima (2009-2015) with either a G70 or G80, can you guys share your thoughts and comparisons? Ride quality/noise, handling, interior quality, comfort, etc.
I'm debating between a 19 G70 2.0T Prestige AWD vs. 18+ G80 3.3T AWD vs. 20 Sonata Limited 1.6T FWD (all used) as a daily driver in New England. Tech is a high priority. Without having test driven any due to COVID, here are my thoughts based on reading lots of reviews, watching YouTube reviewers drive, scanning over spec sheets, etc.
'18+ G80 3.3T
* Tech looks "older" - things like LKA don't work correctly. Screen is 720p and less crisp/modern.
* Dark chrome peels after car washes (see thread).
* Sound system has sibilance issues noticeable in talk radio (see thread).
* Too many sunroof-related noise complaints with lots of threads around this forum.
* Ultra-comfortable and quiet, but handling is sorta dull.
* Hate the two-tone black and brown leather in the 3.3T sport. Conversely, the 3.8 has all black leather but I hate the brown wood look.
* The Comma.AI / OpenPilot self-driving stuff is very intriguing through (see thread).
* 3.3T is oddly missing fog lights in favor of brake dust panel......
Final word: This was my original choice but as I research further into it, as a mid-30 something, the G80 has an "old man" feel. Great bang for the buck though.
'19 G70 2.0T Prestige
* Prestige trim has the modern tech and safety features (including Surround View camera) but steepens price to ~$40k.
* Quite a few Advanced trims out there but can't even find a used one with Prestige package nationwide if I wanted to buy today.
* Intentionally stiffer ride due to sport suspension but that should be OK coming from the Maxima.
* The 3.3T would be nice but I don't need the power for daily driving and would rather save on the cost.
* Backseat is uncomfortable for any taller passengers.
* I think I like the G70's smaller profile vs. the G80's boat-like look.
Final word: Probably the car I'll end up with given it blends luxury and sport with modern tech, but requires increasing budget by $10k (unless I wait another 1-2 years for further depreciation).
'20+ Sonata 1.6T Limited
* Really nice price tag.
* Tech is VERY nice and modern. I have real-life experience with it as relatives have a Hyundai Palisade.
* Leather seats are "hard" and "flat" (poor bolstering) which makes longer trips uncomfortable.
* Not powerful at all, and a downgrade from my Maxima. I could live with this as a daily driver if everything else was good...
* I dislike how the rear looks a lot.
* Not AWD.
* Road and wind noise is an issue though it may be due to one or more defective driver-side door parts (see thread).
* Certain amenities like rear-heated seats aren't available, but are in competitors' non-luxury sedans.
* N-line cost new starts to enter lightly used G70 territory.
Final word: I want to like the Sonata, but even compared to Toyota, Subaru, Honda, etc., they cut too many corners around comfort and noise.
Current '10 Maxima SV Sport
* Very comfortable and still looks good IMO in 2020.
* Definitely fun for a daily driver without being overly sporty.
* Still running at 160k miles but little things have begun to break down. My door lock actuators stopped working requiring manual lock/unlock.
* CVT reliability sketches me out.
Final word: Fantastic car with no regrets owning it over the last 8 years. I looked at the Infiniti Q50 but tech remains ancient and they didn't support Android Auto/Apple Carplay until the recent 2020 MY. I do really like the Q50's aesthetic look but overall it doesn't seem to be as good of an option.
Replaced my '13 Infiniti G37 with the '17 G80.
These cars are, IMHO, not comparable at all.... the G37 was sporty, quick as hell, and smaller. The G80 is much better equipped, larger, and a bit slower. All of that also applies to me personally.........
I've got a friend who has a 2015 Q40 (G37) and he's about to buy a 2018 or 19 Q50. I keep telling him to drive a G70, but he won't even look at one. Doesn't like the idea of service at a Hyundai dealer. I can't blame him, he goes to Sewell Infiniti in Dallas and they treat you like gold.Replaced a 2017 Infiniti Q50 Sport. Awesome car, but the G70 was a great replacement. This is my first Hyundai/ Genesis.