There’s something about typical family sedans which fail to identify with the driver. Transmissions are designed to mask the feeling of a shift. Engine sounds are muted. The steering wheel takes whatever information was delivered to the tires from the road and filters it down to a hint of a pothole. Power is delivered from your right foot through the pedal to the front wheels with a memorable lack of emotion.
The Infiniti G25 is not your typical family sedan. For one thing, even as a premium-badged car, the Infiniti G25 uses a smaller, less powerful V6 than you’d find in that typical mainstream family sedan. The G25, you see, requires revs. Power from those revs is sent to the rear wheels, leaving the front wheels just one task, to steer the car. Rather than disconnecting the driver from reality, the G25 wants a friendship built, a relationship between itself, the car, and the driver. That’d be you.
Priced like an up-optioned mainstream V6 sedan, the G25 is a luxury sports sedan. It’s far less powerful than it’s big brother, the G37, but more than powerful enough. The G25’s innards are attractive, its exterior even more so. Not only does the 2011 Infiniti G25 cost substantially less than traditional luxury sports sedans, it’s also more fuel efficient and more rational in tough times. G25s are luxury cars for people who don’t want to pay for luxury cars; sporty cars for people who know better than to assume “sporty” equals “high levels of horsepower”.
Engines: 218 horsepower; 187 lb-ft of torque from a 2.5L V6
Base USD/CAD Price: $30,950 / $36,390
City Fuel Economy: 19-20 miles per gallon
IPL: If outright performance is a must and you remain interested in Nissan’s luxury brand, the newly-launched Infiniti Performance Line is more your taste. The IPL G Coupe generates 348 horsepower. The performance-inclined will enjoy a stiffer suspension, sportier steering rack, and improved brakes. A noticeable bodykit sets the IPL G Coupe apart visually.
Sales Stats: The V35 generation of Infiniti’s G lifted the spirits of Nissan’s luxury division and made Infiniti seem justifiable once again. Infiniti Canada sold 422 G sedans, coupes, and convertibles in Canada in October, enough to place the G25/G37 family fourth in class behind the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. October 2010’s results from the United States put the Infiniti’s 3927 sales behind only the Cadillac CTS and BMW 3-Series. The Good Car Guy called for the lesser-engined G to be imported to North America for thousands of additional sales as far back as September 2009.