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By Rick Popely
May 5, 2001
Vehicle Overview Infiniti is Nissans luxury brand, and the front-drive G20 sedan is the entry-level model. The G20 shares some components with the Nissan Sentra, including its four-cylinder engine, and appears to have a short future in the United States.
For the 2002 model year, Infiniti will replace the G20 with what is expected to be a larger sedan with a six-cylinder engine and perhaps rear-wheel drive. Infiniti says the new model will have European styling and sports car-handling ability.
Exterior The compact G20 is 177.5 inches long about 3 inches longer than the Honda Civic sedan. The Touring model (G20t) is easily distinguished from the base model by its standard rear spoiler.
Interior Cloth upholstery is standard in the G20, and leather is optional. Infiniti says it has five-passenger capacity, but the rear seat lacks sufficient legroom for most adults to fit comfortably.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning; a Bose sound system with cassette and CD players; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; and a theft-deterrent system.
Under the Hood The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 145 horsepower and teams with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes and side-impact airbags for the front seats.
Driving Impressions 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 a roomier interior. You wont get the Infiniti brand name, the more comprehensive warranty or the more attentive service, but the Accord and Camry will have higher resale values.