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2002 Infiniti G20 Review
Too much like a Sentra.
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The 2002 Infiniti G20 has hopes of gaining popularity in the U.S., aiming to please the younger demographic. While it's a Japan-based Nissan wearing the Infiniti badge, it provides luxury features and a stimulating driving experience. Overall, shoppers looking for excellent handling skills and luxury standard features should look into its features and overall benefits over the competition.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Infiniti G20
The 2002 Infiniti G20 adds a Sport package that has dark-tinted headlight trim, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and body-colored grille. Two additional colors are also new for the model year: Maui Blue and Silver Crystal. The trim level G20t leaves the lineup in lieu of a Touring package addition.
The 2002 Infiniti G20's shape is similar to the Nissan Sentra while the compact dimensions are almost exact. The four-door sedan sits on a 102.4-inch wheelbase, measuring 177.5 inches long with the body at 66.7 inches wide, and it stands approximately 55.1 inches high. Some of the exterior standard features include a rear defogger and intermittent wipers with a temporary spare tire and all-season tires. The Touring package adds a rear spoiler, which makes its body more distinct than the rest. Various body paint colors are available including two new shades, to suit most preferences.
The 2002 Infiniti G20 is considered an entry-level luxury sedan and features equipment, such as wood cabin trim, power conveniences, keyless entry, and side-impact airbags. With all of those benefits, it still struggles to top the segment. A Sport package is brand-new for the 2002 model. It has a limited-slip differential, dark-tinted trim on the headlights, aluminum-alloy wheels, and a body-colored grille. A sunroof is also an available option as a stand-alone or as part of the Sunroof package. It's supposed to carry five passengers, but rear seat capacity is small. It has front bucket seats and a split-folding rear seat with a total cargo space of 13.5 cubic feet.
The 2002 Infiniti G20's standard features include air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, cruise control, front seatback storage, front reading lights, power mirrors, power door locks, power windows, and power steering. An excellent Bose stereo comes standard, as well. It has six speakers, AM/FM radio, single CD player, and comes built into the dash. It also has a tilt steering wheel with the cruise controls.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Infiniti G20 is powered by a two-liter four-cylinder that produces 145 horsepower that performs well with the manual five-speed transmission. An automatic four-speed is optional; meanwhile, a well-tuned suspension provides accuracy on curvy roads and optimizes performance. It offers good fuel economy, getting about 29 mpg on the highway.
Driving the 2002 Infiniti G20 is enjoyable, even though the four-cylinder is not as vigorous as a V-6. Shoppers say that an optional engine with more power may be a good idea for merging and passing. The clutch and gearbox combination rates as one of the best in the segment. The handling skills make up for any lacking power issues and the sedan has an excellent, smooth ride quality on the highway. Cornering also provides crispness, control, and stability.
The 2002 Infiniti G20 has standard safety features that include dual side-mounted front airbags, child safety door locks, child seat anchors, an engine immobilizer, front headrests, front seat belt pretensioners, and electronic brake force distribution. Anti-lock brakes are also standard equipment with ventilated front disc brakes and ventilated rear disc brakes. There has been no government crash testing done.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Infiniti customer service
- Sharp handling
- Attractive styling
You Won't Like
- Frail four-cylinder engine
- Sentra-like interior space and feel
Too much like a Sentra.
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