2001 G20 New Car Test Drive
Infiniti's G20 looks like a European Touring Car Series racer, and has the high-winding engine and sharp, enthusiast-friendly handling to match. In fact, its Continental suspension tuning has earned rave reviews. Driven hard, the G20 makes nearly anyone feel like a hero.
Yet G20 offers a good value, costing less than an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series. (It's priced closer to an Acura Integra or a Honda Accord EX.) Infiniti's network of dealers has earned a reputation for treating customers well. Like other Infiniti products, the G20 comes with roadside assistance, a four-year/60,000-mile warranty and other service benefits.
Two well-appointed models are available, and few options are listed.
At $21,395, the G20 Luxury model comes with ABS, side-impact airbags, cruise control, power windows and locks, a 100-watt Bose AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo with six speakers, an eight-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and many other features associated with near-luxury sedans.
The G20 Touring model, or G20t ($24,095) adds a viscous limited-slip differential, leather seats with power adjustment, leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic temperature control with microfilter ventilation, power glass sunroof, fog lights and a rear spoiler. A HomeLink system remotely turns on your lights and opens your garage door. Lower-profile 195/60R15 tires replace the 195/65R15 tires of the G20 Luxury.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard; an automatic transmission adds $800 to either model.
A $1500 Leather & Convenience Package adds the sunroof, power seats, climate control, filtration system, and, of course, leather trim to the G20 Luxury. Heated seats can be added to G20t or a leather-packaged G20 Luxury for $420.