2002 Infiniti I35

  • 2002 Infiniti I35 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/246
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $28,750
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2002 Infiniti I35 Review

An entry-level, luxurious, and reliable sedan.

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Overview

The 2002 Infiniti I35 evolves from the earlier model of the I30 sedan. The I35 shares its body structure with Nissan Maxima. As such, it has a beam rear axle in place of independent rear suspension. Even having the sophistication of a beam rear axle, it cannot absorb the bumps as well. However, it is an extra benefit for long highway travels. In addition, it features anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution for improved braking.

The 2002 Infiniti I35 was upgraded to the 3.5-liter V-6 engine that impressively makes 255 horsepower with 246 lb-ft of torque. The power increase is due to a large engine displacement. The new V-6 also has variable valve timing (VVT), a throttle that is electronically controlled and silent timing chain. With 255 hp, the Infiniti I35 nearly equals the Acura TL Type S in power. Unfortunately, the Infiniti has only an automatic four-speed transmission available, transferring power to its front wheels.

The Range

Body styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5 -liter, V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti I35 Base

What's New

The 2002 Infiniti I35 sedan features updated styling, more power to the V-6, stability control, luxury interior appointments, and upgraded braking. It evolves from the Infiniti I30 luxury sedan.

Exterior

The 2002 Infiniti I35’s wheelbase is 108.3 inches, and the length is 194 inches overall. Exterior appeal comes with the chrome grille, flush-mounted HID headlights, and the prominent hood creases. Some of the exterior standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, temporary spare tire, all-season tires, and a steel spare wheel. Performance tires and sport wheels are optional.

Interior

The 2002 Infiniti I35 holds five passengers comfortably in two front bucket seats and a split rear seat. The rear seat folds down, making more cargo space. The I35 has a multitude of standard features that include a heated driver seat, leather bucket seats, power passenger and driver seat, folding center armrest, driver’s seat lumbar adjustment, rear ventilation ducts, remote power locks, power/heated mirror, power windows, remote trunk release, cruise control, accessory power, and power steering. The luxury sedan also includes climate control, interior air filtration, leather steering wheel, front reading lights, a universal remote transmitter, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer, and a seven-speaker Bose stereo system with one subwoofer and an in-dash CD player.

Performance & Handling

Powering the 2002 Infiniti I35 is a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 that generates 260 horsepower. The engine mates with an automatic four-speed transmission. The transmission strengthens by the automaker adding an electronically-controlled throttle. The Sport Package is optional and includes side sill spoilers, a sport suspension, and Vehicle Dynamic Control to give a very stable and pleasant ride quality. Handling and performance are excellent with this automobile with or without the Sport package.

Safety

The 2002 Infiniti I35 is equipped with standard safety features such as front side airbags, anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, traction control, and head restraints are all. Its stability system included in the Sport Package is optional. Other standard safety features include an engine immobilizer, cornering lights, front seat belt pretensioners, front driving lights, fog lights, Xenon HID headlights, emergency trunk release, child seat anchors, child safety locks for rear doors, electronic brake force distribution, and ventilated disc brakes.

The government crash safety testing revealed four stars for every category. The tested areas include driver and passenger protection, front and rear side impact, and rollover safety. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave a rating of ""acceptable"" in frontal offset testing and ""poor"" in the areas of head restraint and rear crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti I35 Base: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable interior
  • Roomy cabin
  • Large trunk area
  • Excessive amenities
  • Refined and powerful drivetrain

You Won't Like

  • Handling is mediocre
  • Manual transmission unavailable
  • Cheap-looking interior

Sum Up

An entry-level, luxurious, and reliable sedan.

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