1997 Infiniti J30

  • 1997 Infiniti J30 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/193
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $33,500
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1997 Infiniti J30 Review

An Altima with some fancy upgrades.

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Overview

The 1997 Infiniti J30 is a luxury vehicle that was introduced primarily for its more curved aesthetics. It is intended as an entry-level vehicle to the prestigious Infiniti brand. The visually-pleasing design and well-appointed interior allows it to easily compete with other vehicles like the Acura A6, Lexus ES 300, and Mercedes-Benz C280. While it lacks features and options of the higher-end Infiniti, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz models, it provides a well-designed, well-built vehicle of similar quality.

One of the toughest competitors to the Infiniti J30 actually is the Nissan Altima; in fact, the Altima’s design is almost identical to the J30. However, a fully-loaded Altima does offer similar features to the J30 and can potentially be significantly cheaper. However, the Infiniti offers prestige and style that an Altima cannot match. It can often be the more economic option, but the J30 is always going to be the more prestigious choice, regardless of how the vehicle is equipped.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti J30, Infiniti J30 Touring

What's New

The 1997 Infiniti J30 receives no changes from the previous year’s model. The lack of changes is most likely due to the upcoming cancellation.

Exterior

The 1997 Infiniti J30 is roughly the same size and shape as the Nissan Altima, measuring 191.3 inches in total length. While not identical, it is quite clear the two vehicles share a related design. It was primarily introduced as an alternative for angular, wedge-shaped luxury vehicles, while followed older, more conservative design aesthetics. The smooth, graceful curves lend it a sleeker overall appearance.

Interior

The 1997 Infiniti J30 offers a wide range of luxury amenities even with the base model. Standard equipment includes keyless entry, lighted entry, anti-theft alarm system, power windows, power heated mirrors, auto-dim mirrors, power moonroof, power locks, cruise control, power seats, leather seating, heated seats, leather trimmed tilt-steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls, AM/FM radio, cassette player, and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Infiniti J30 has amazing performance, even compared to the other competitive luxury sedans. The three-liter six-cylinder engine is capable of delivering 210 horsepower, which allows acceleration to reach a higher than normal top speed. The handling is similarly excellent with additional features significantly improving its capabilities in slippery conditions. Despite having the same size engine, it even outperforms it's sibling, the I30.

Safety

The 1997 Infiniti J30 comes with standard safety features such as dual-front airbags, side-front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti J30: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride
  • Side air bags standard
  • Elegant, spacious cabin
  • Anti-lock brakes are a standard feature
  • Excellent handling

You Won't Like

  • Nissan Altima offers a very similar vehicle when fully loaded out
  • The near-luxury market has very tight competition

Sum Up

An Altima with some fancy upgrades.

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  • Mercedes-Benz C280
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