The Infiniti G20 was actually dropped from the production lineup of the luxury brand of Nissan back in 1996. It was then replaced by the J30, a small, luxury sedan. The performance of its other passenger cars like the I30 and its flagship model, the Q45, slowed down which is why they decided to revive the 2000 Infiniti G20.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
Transmissions: five-speed manual transmission, four-speed automatic transmission
Models: Infiniti G20, Infiniti G20Touring
The 2000 Infiniti G20 is the resurrected entry-level model of the brand. It comes with a host of enhancements for its styling, engine power, transmission, and exhaust system.
The G20 comes standard with power windows, automatic off headlamps, engine immobilizer, anti-glare side mirrors, wood-tone trim interior, power deck lid release.
The G20 is marketed as a Nissan in other markets across the globe. For this, the vehicle is a notch below in terms of sophistication compared to the other vehicles of the Infiniti lineup like the I30.
The G20 features a sporty character due to the flashy side skirts, alloy rims, and a bigger air dam. It has an aggressive posture that you can compare to the cars you see in European tour races; it even has those side-marker lights to begin with which is very European.
The Touring version comes with fog lights. A rear spoiler also adds to the cool factor. The G20t also rolls on high performance tires replacing the P195/65HR15 of the base model.
The Infiniti G20 was penned and engineered in the facilities of Nissan in Europe and went for test runs on the Nurburgring. Overall, the 2000 Infiniti G20 has aggressive looks with a good amount of power to back it up.
The wheelbase of the car is measured at 102.4 inches. It might be smaller than the other cars, but it offers more space for the occupants. The car also has a bigger trunk for cargo. The spacious interior though does not translate to big-car feel just like its sibling on the Infiniti lineup.
The Touring version also comes with sport cloth trim, steering wheel wrapped in leather, and automatic climate control. Fans of sports cars will love the smartly-designed and functional interior with a hint of some luxury. The control for the cruise control has been transferred to the car's steering wheel while the shift knob has been reshaped for better ergonomics.
Consumers can opt for a leather package that also comes with power seats, power sunroof, climate control, HomeLink system, and an air filtration system that ensures occupants breathes clean air. There also is an option to get heated seats. The entertainment system includes a Bose head unit and a six speaker that provide the boom and the cling-clangs.
The seats are comfortable and definitely will contribute in decreasing driving fatigue especially when driving on slopes and winding roads.
Performance & Handling
The previous generation of Infiniti G20, received some negative feedback with regard to its horsepower, torque, and slow acceleration time. The car manufacturer did its best to address these issues for the 2000 model.
The Infiniti G20 depends on the Nissan-built two-liter four-cylinder engine with dual overhead-cam. This power plant gives out 145 horses. It will give drivers a stable performance but may be noisier compared to similar engines of the car's competitions. Somehow it does not do very well in low rpm and seems to lack power in these driving scenarios.
The throttle is pretty responsive, but the driver might need to downshift if a quick acceleration is needed. Most of the engine's power only can be tapped on high revs. The engine transfers the power to the wheels via a standard five-speed manual gearbox. There is an option to get a four-speed automatic transmission. The car also gets a new muffler that comes with dual outlets.
The G20 has a limited-slip front differential that helps reduce wheel spin on slippery conditions. The shifting is quite smooth and life is made easier with a light clutch pedal. Driving enthusiasts will enjoy the ride of the 2000 Infiniti G20 and may commend the car's precise steering, good handling, and very stable braking. The performance of the G20 definitely lives up to the expectations when consumers see the Infiniti badge.
The G20 comes standard with front airbags for the driver and passenger, curtain side airbags, and antilock brakes system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Infiniti G20: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Good handling
- Stylish exterior
You Won't Like
- Performance of automatic transmission
- Engine noise
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