Infiniti G25 Origins
The Infiniti G25 competes with other entry-level luxury cars such as the BMW 328i and Lexus IS250. It's an entry-level version of the Infiniti G37 sedan, which launched in 2009. The two major differences between these cars include the fact that the G25 offers fewer options and contains a smaller engine. Unlike the G37, the Infiniti G25 does not have a six-speed manual transmission option or Technology, Premium, or Navigation packages for the U.S. market.About the Infiniti G25
The Infiniti G25, a very compelling luxury sedan, offers both a great ride and great handling. However, the G25 is not exactly a new vehicle. Its Japanese counterpart, the Nissan Skyline 250GT, had been in production in Nissan’s domestic market for several years before the car launched under the Infiniti brand in 2010. The Infiniti G25 offers adequate power and luxury features at a reasonable price, but it still does not compare to German luxury four-seat cars.
One of the highlights of the Infiniti G25 is its brake performance. The car can stop from 60 mph in 109 feet, which compares well to a G37 equipped with the Sports package. The fuel economy of the Infiniti G25 also makes it popular; the EPA estimates the fuel consumption of the Infiniti G25 at 20/29 mpg city/highway, which rates better than the G37 with its larger 3.7-liter engine.
Overall, the Infiniti G25 delivers a surprisingly good performance, even though the engine is smaller and less powerful than that of the G37.Infiniti G25 Features
The 2012 Infiniti G25 continues virtually unchanged since its introduction. The car contains a 2.5-liter V-6 engine under its hood that delivers 218 hp of power. The engine derives from the bigger Infiniti G37, and dates back to the third generation Infiniti G sedan from 2006. The G25 is hardly distinguishable on the outside from the G37, which is a good thing. The Infiniti G25 has a familiar design that eyes can feast on. In fact, the shape and design traits of the Infiniti G25 have become a cultural icon for luxury cars that deliver performance as well as style. The car is definitely curvaceous with swept-back headlamps, but it stands out from the German competitors. Several chrome elements also give the car an upscale look.
From a performance point of view, the V-6 engine on the Infiniti G25 guzzles less fuel than the 3.7-liter engine on the G37, but it still delivers adequate edge with 187 lb-ft of torque and 218 hp. The engine couples with a seven-speed automatic gearbox with no other choice available. However, buyers can choose between all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive options. The Infiniti G25 is energetic, and the engine happily climbs the revs without any resistance.
The Infiniti G25 rides and handles surprisingly well, even though the engine delivers 110 hp less than that of the G37. The car provides comfort on smooth and straight roads and when cutting sharp corners. It steers accurately and directly, but it weighs so little that it can take some time to get used to it.
The interior of the Infiniti G25 is firm and comfortable. The wind and engine sounds leak into the cabin, too, but it won't bother too many people. Overall, the interior of the G25 does not offer the refinement or the quiet ride of the German competition, even though the engine provides slightly more power.
The Infiniti G25 comes in two trim levels: base and Journey. The base model Infiniti G25 comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, double xenon headlights, a four-way power seat for the passenger, leather upholstery, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and a six-speaker music system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Infiniti G25 Journey has all these features as well as some additional ones, such as an iPod/USB interface, Bluetooth, an automatically dimming rearview mirror, an eight-way passenger seat, heated front seats, rear-seat air vents, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, and automatic headlights.
As mentioned before, the Infiniti G25 has better fuel economy than the G37. However, the consumption differs for all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive versions. The rear-wheel drive version, called the Infiniti G25, delivers 20/29 mpg city/highway. On the other hand, the all-wheel drive G25x offers 19/27 mpg city/highway.