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The Infiniti IPL G Convertible – through the eyes of a 14-year-old

From Matthew de Paula, Forbes online: Backseat Driver is a series written by the wonderful kids in my life who ride along when I test drive vehicles. This review was written by my 14-year-old niece Kaitlyn.


The 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible is an eye-catching car that is definitely fun to ride in. The car rides very smoothly, so much so that you almost feel like you are flying sometimes, especially when the top is down.

I think that the outside of the car looks nice. The white color goes well with the black and silver rims, and together they make the car look high-end, but still edgy.

My first dislike about this car is the red leather interior. It looks sort of cheesy to me. But another color is available for the inside—it’s called “stone” and looks light grayish.

One thing that really caught my attention is that the front seats are both heated and air conditioned. When I see heated seats, I always check whether they are air conditioned as well, and they rarely are. The air conditioned seats were especially nice to have in this case, because of the hot summer weather.

The seatbelt holders on the shoulder of the front seats are very noticeable (unlike in most other cars). I think that they are strange looking.

Since the Infiniti IPL G Convertible is a two-door car, we had to keep taking the seatbelts out of the holders for people to get in and out of the back seat. On short drives, it is very tempting to skip putting the seatbelts back into the holders. So I don’t believe they would get much use, if you are like us and have a lot of backseat riders.

In the rear seat, my only real issue is that there are no cup holders. Other than that, it is okay. The seats feel comfortable enough. However, there isn’t much leg room.

The convertible roof was really nice. We took my friends for a drive on a Saturday night, and one of my friends said riding with the top down feels like being on a roller coaster. The disadvantage to the hardtop roof is that, when it’s down, there is barely any trunk space. So we had to clear out the trunk before our ride. But the roof is so easy to put down, I can do this myself. All you have to do is make sure the trunk is ready and push a button between the two front seats.

The 2013 Infiniti IPL G convertible – see one today at Infiniti of Mission Viejo!