|Premium midsize car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $3,700 – $7,800*|
2000 Infiniti I30
2001 Infiniti I30
2000 Infiniti I30 interior
2002 Infiniti I35
2002 Infiniti I35 interior
Infiniti’s midsize sedan is a capable near-luxury performer that came well-equipped when new, even without options. It’s worth considering as a middle ground between the sportier Acura TL and the plusher but more conservative Lexus ES 300/330. Red-carpet Infiniti customer handling has been one reason for choosing the I30/I35 over the near-twin Maxima, but that advantage evaporates for secondhand models.
Nissan’s Maxima was redesigned for 2000, so the upscale Infiniti model that shared its platform and engine was as well. The new I30 is a front-drive, V6-powered near luxury sedan. In the 2000 redesign it gained 2 inches in wheelbase and 4.1 inches overall. The biggest interior gain was 2 inches of rear leg room. The V6 engine carried over from the ’99 model but was more powerful, this time making 227 horsepower. A 4-speed automatic was the only transmission.
Base and sportier Touring I30t returned, both with standard front head/chest side airbags and active front head restraints. Antilock brakes were standard and traction control was optional. Standard features included a power sunroof, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and keyless entry. I30t added a limited-slip differential, xenon headlights, sport suspension and larger tires.
No changes were evident for 2001.
For 2002, the near-luxury sedan from Nissan’s luxury division got a larger engine, revised styling, and fresh features, transforming the previous I30 into the I35. Essentially an upscale Maxima, the I35 now used a new 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produced 28 more horsepower than the 3.0-liter in the I30.
New front styling aimed at visual kinship with Infiniti’s Q45 flagship sedan. Rear-end styling also was modified, along with interior details. Suspension revisions were introduced to improve ride and handling.
Except for revised interior trim details, the 2003 I35 was essentially a rerun. The I35 used the same 3.5-liter V-6 as Infiniti’s new rear-drive G35 near-luxury sedan. However, the I35 was a front-drive design with slightly less power and a four-speed automatic transmission, versus the G35’s available five-speed. In addition, while the I35 aimed at luxury-minded buyers, the G35 courted enthusiasts.
Options included antiskid and navigation systems, a power moonroof/rear sunshade package, and a Cold Weather group with heated door mirrors, steering wheel, and front/rear seats. The Sport Package remained available.
New standard equipment for 2004 included a sunroof, power rear sunshade, side sills, and prewiring for satellite-radio receiver.