The 2000 Infiniti I30 attracted a good chunk of the near-luxury automotive market. There are a number of reasons why it became a hit. Topping the list is its fresh styling that was penned at the design studios of parent company Nissan in California. It's very similar to its cousin, the Nissan Maxima, but the front and rear fascia was redesigned to give it a very distinct feel. Other interior and exterior features also distinguish it from its more affordable cousin.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti I30, Infiniti I30 Touring
The 2000 Infiniti I30 receives a complete redesign since its release in 1996. The V-6 engine also gets a power boost of 37 horses primarily because of a bigger exhaust system.
The 2000 Infiniti I30 shares the same architecture as the Nissan Maxima. Nissan, however, made a very conscious effort to give the two vehicles distinct characters. The Maxima is more of the sporty ride with radical styling and built for value and practicality. It was built to exude a sense of luxury with a good amount of attention to details.
The 2000 Infiniti I30 is about two inches longer than its cousin, but it is barely noticeable when consumers walk around the vehicle. The design lines form gentle slopes on the hood that leads to a refreshed trademark grille and headlamps. The rear-end features a good taillight treatment that adds some flash to the overall look. The Touring rolls on a more sporty set of rims and has smoked headlamps to distinguish it from the rest of the range. The sport package will add aerodynamic elements such as a rear spoiler and side sills.
The 2000 Infiniti I30's roominess is most likely the first quality noticed inside. The legroom and the headroom were increased compared to the measurements of the previous generation, and the size of the windshield and windows provide a good visibility for the driver.
The 2000 Infiniti I30 gets comfortable bucket seats, and designers considered driving ergonomics when they allowed more adjustment settings for the driver's seat and the steering wheel. The instrument panel is very visible while the switches can be easily reached and operated. The instrument panel is practically black until the key is inserted and the system is turned on.
The 2000 Infiniti I30 added about 1.9 inches to the legroom; that did a lot in terms of rear seat comfort. The hand brake was dropped from the previous model and replaced by a pedal to engage the parking brake. Some may prefer the hand brake, but the pedal parking brake uncluttered the layout in front. The trunk offers a good amount of space for cargo, plus it makes life easier with a lower lift-in height.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Infiniti I30 will handle with no-hassle city streets, mountain passes, and even long desert roads. Installed in its engine bay is a potent V-6 that gives out 227 horses. Its engine is considered as among the best V-6 of its time. It provides great acceleration from a standstill and when passing other vehicles on the highway. The output of the engine has been increased in order to compensate for the extra 250 pounds.
The 2000 Infiniti I30's engine is linked with a four-speed automatic gearbox. It shifts smoothly as it cruises on the road but is always ready for downshifts when more power is needed. There is an option for an electric traction system that helps the car decrease wheel spin during slippery conditions. The Touring has good shocks and springs that give the ride an advantage when negotiating tight curves. Challenging roads are handled well, and even during high speeds, it's very stable and rides smoothly. The steering is a bit vague on the base model but is a lot tighter.
The 2000 Infiniti I30 sports bigger brakes that allow the driver to have full control of the vehicle. The vehicle also is equipped with an anti-lock brake system while traction control is available as an option. It makes active head restraints and side impact airbags standard. The front seats also have head restraints that help lower risks for whiplash injury in case of a road mishap.
EPA Fuel Economy
Infiniti I30: 20/28 mpg city/highway
- Great performance
- Fast acceleration
- Seat comfort
You Won't Like
- No manual transmission
- Traction control as an option
Has an angel exterior with a bad boy character.
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