Several new and revised standard features are in store for Infiniti's entry-level model, the front-drive G20 sedan. Infiniti is Nissan's luxury brand, and the G20 serves as the bottom rung on its ladder. The G20 was introduced last year, and Infiniti's timetable calls for a new version in the 2002 model year with European styling cues and handling ability.
The 2000 G20 brings more power to the people who will drive them. A power trunk release has been added to the dashboard and the remote entry transmitter, and the driver's power window now has one-touch up and down operation. The power sunroof and windows now still work after the ignition is shut off but before a door is opened. Interior lights and headlights are automatically turned off after 45 seconds to preserve battery power. Infiniti's immobilizer system is now standard. The engine computer must read the correct code imbedded in the ignition key before the car will start. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats. Cloth upholstery is standard in the five-passenger G20, and leather is optional. The front seat has more room for adults than the rear, which is short of legroom.
The G20 is 177.5 inches long, 2.5 inches longer than a Honda Civic sedan. The Touring model (G20t) is easily distinguished from the base model by its standard rear spoiler.
Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 145 horsepower this year, five more than last year, and teams with manual or automatic transmissions. New platinum-tipped spark plugs are supposed to last 100,000 miles.
For about the same money as a four-cylinder G20, you can get a V-6 Honda Accord or Toyota Camry with stronger, smoother acceleration and more interior room. What you won't get are the Infiniti brand name, more comprehensive warranty or 24-hour roadside assistance.