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1999 Infiniti G20

  • 1999 Infiniti G20 Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      140/132
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,995
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1999 Infiniti G20 Review

A miniature wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1999 Infiniti G20 was reintroduced to the market after being taken off the market in 1996, leaving Infiniti with a short lineup to offer. But it was meant to bring the Infiniti brand’s lineup back to life in 1999. Owned by its parent company Nissan, the G20 model is inspired by the Nissan Primera, a compact model sold only in Europe and Japan. The Infiniti brand name is Nissan’s introduction to the near luxury series and is Nissan’s upscale model division.

The Range

Body styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti G20, Infiniti G20 Touring

What's New

The 1999 Infiniti G20 gets new features including an expanded wheelbase that results in extra room for the passengers and helps expand cargo capacity. The rear suspension is now a solid rear axle, which some think of as a backward step from the previous design that had four-wheel independent suspension.

Exterior

The 1999 Infiniti G20 is a four-door sedan that comes with 15-inch alloy wheels. It also comes with heated power exterior rear view mirrors to help drivers avoid ice buildup in the wintertime and fog in warm, humid weather. A spoiler is installed on the rear and is designed more for looks than usefulness, but it gives the car a sportier look.

Interior

The 1999 Infiniti G20 gets air-conditioning that comes standard in both models. Automatic temperature control is available as an option in the base model and is standard in the Touring. Other standard features include power windows, remote keyless entry, and a tilt steering wheel. A universal programmable garage door remote control is an option on both models. It also has an audio system with a cassette player as well as a CD player, six speakers, and AM/FM radio. Leather on the shift knob and steering wheel will cost extra on the base model but are standard on the Touring, while leather upholstery is available as an option. A power adjustable driver seat is another option for both models and so are heating units in the front seats. Meanwhile, speed-sensitive power steering helps the handling stay well under control.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Infiniti G20 has comfortable handling and exudes a European style with quick and responsive steering. It has a sporty, athletic feel in its response to the driver’s need for power, speed, and responsive steering. The ride is firm, although there is a small amount of lean on fast corners, which does not seem to affect the car’s ability to keep a grip on the road. Despite a great deal of marketing hype over the Infiniti line models, it does not have a level of sportiness equal to the Nissan Maxima and may disappoint any driver that expects more.

Safety

The 1999 Infiniti G20 has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system with driver and front passenger head airbags and side-mounted airbags in the front. Fog lights help increase visibility, and an anti-theft alarm is installed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti G20: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent fuel economy for the model year
  • Leather trim options
  • Sporty handling

You Won't Like

  • Not as sporty as the Nissan Maxima
  • Engine rates as having moderate problems

Sum Up

A miniature wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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