2001 I30 New Car Test Drive
Wow! We were expecting a mid-size luxury car when we climbed into the Infiniti I30t. What we got was a luxurious sports sedan.
The I30 performs well whether it's in heavy metropolitan traffic, on mountain passes or long, undulating desert roads. We've driven this latest-generation I30 through sweeping turns in Washington's Columbia River valley, and through the heavy traffic of Southern California and Washington, D.C. We found the Infiniti I30 boasts exceptional handling, a smooth ride and lots of performance from its twin-cam V6 engine. This car is stable at high speeds and under hard braking. Its elegant interior offers supportive leather seats that are comfortable on long trips.
To this, the I30t Touring model adds a sports suspension and other equipment designed to turn this Infiniti into a sports sedan. Both models offer a great value among mid-size luxury sedans.
Infiniti's I30 is available in two models, I30 Luxury Sedan ($29,465) and I30t Touring Sedan ($31,540).
Trim levels are identical. Both models come with the same 227-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and 4-speed automatic transmission, a smooth, quiet drivetrain that provides excellent performance.
Ride and handling are the main differences between the I30 and I30t. The I30 offers a more luxurious ride, while the I30t is tuned for sporty handling.
The I30 Luxury Sedan comes with numerous features we'd expect to find on a luxury sedan, plus some others that surprised us. Large and roomy, the interior sports an elegant design with handsome leather seats. Automatic temperature control, leather wrapped steering wheel and supple leather seating surfaces add comfort and warmth. A 200-watt Bose AM/FM/Cassette/CD audio system, tuned to the I30's interior, further enhances the car's elegance. Heated seats and heated outside mirrors are a $420 option.
The I30t Touring Sedan receives all the luxurious treatment of the I30, but is tuned for more precise handling. Its Touring suspension reduces body roll in corners, while wider, larger-diameter tires (225/50VR17) mounted on alloy wheels provide greater grip. A viscous limited-slip differential is added to provide better grip when accelerating out of tight corners. I30t also comes standard with High Intensity Discharge Xenon low-beam headlights offer improved visibility on dark roads.
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