|Premium compact car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $2,500 – $4,800*|
2000 Infiniti G20
2000 Infiniti G20t
2000 Infiniti G20 interior
2001 Infiniti G20
2001 Infiniti G20t
More a dressed-up compact than a true near-luxury car, Infiniti’s well-equipped four-cylinder sedan is not a great value when compared with a similarly equipped midsize Accord or Camry. Because some G20s were discounted when new, some tempting used-car prices might be found.
Nissan’s luxury division relaunched its front-drive, near-luxury compact sedan for 1999, after a three-year hiatus. Slightly larger than before, with sleeker styling, the second-generation G20 promised 2.4 more inches of rear leg room. Under the hood was a slightly revised version of the original 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 140 horsepower. Either a manual gearbox or optional four-speed automatic transmission could be installed.
Standard safety features included front side airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and antilocking all-disc brakes.
Base and sportier Touring (G20t) models were offered. The Touring edition added a rear spoiler, fog lights, limited-slip differential, automatic climate control, and slightly lower-profile tires (of the same 15-inch diameter). The G20t also got grippier seat fabric. An optional Leather and Convenience package included leather upholstery and automatic climate control. The G20 competed against the Acura TL, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Lexus IS 300, and Volvo S40.
Only a few upgrades were evident for the 2000 model year. The four-cylinder engine gained 5 horsepower, and both transmissions got revised gear ratios to help performance. A new remote power trunk release was operable from the dashboard or key fob. New features also included a one-touch up/down driver’s window and retained accessory power. A new cell-phone/satellite assistance/communication system was optional for the Touring edition.
Unchanged for 2001, the G20 continued to suffer from low sales. Options included heated front seats and a Leather/Sunroof package. The in-vehicle Communications System was similar to GM’s OnStar, with a satellite/cell-phone link but no dashboard display.
Infiniti dropped the sporty Touring sedan for 2002, in favor of a new Sport option package that included leather upholstery, a power sunroof, and 16-inch alloy wheels instead of the usual 15-inchers.