Infiniti's entry-level G20 was basically a restyled Nissan Sentra on a slightly stretched platform that was priced high enough to compete with import sedans like the Acura Vigor, Lexus ES 250/300 and BMW 318i. That's a tall order for a Japanese economy car. The G20, on the other hand, was a delight, a secret sport sedan loaded with extras.
A lot of its appeal came from the 140-hp dohc 4-cylinder it shared with the sporty Sentra SE-R. This was one of the nicest engines Nissan made, smooth, powerful and happy to rev. This car also included the 5-speed manual gearbox for maximum fun and utility. Its 4-speed was unique in that it shifts from Comfort mode to Power mode when tramping on the accelerator.
The G20 also included standard equipment like power steering, CFC-free air conditioning, a 160-watt sound system, alloy wheels and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1991[edit | edit source]
In its first year, almost 14,000 Infiniti G20s were sold in 1991.
1993[edit | edit source]
Early in April 1993, a midyear 1993.5 model for the G20 was released. It sold through early 1994.
1994[edit | edit source]
The 1994 model was finally announced in February 1994, and went on sale nationwide in March.
1995[edit | edit source]
New for 1995 was the G20t, a high-performance package that costed $2900 extra but added a limited-slip differential, foglights, rear spoiler and stickier tires, as well as a leather-upholstered interior, power front seats, power sunroof and remote keyless entry. Other thoughtful refinements included a cargo net in the trunk and height-adjustable rear headrests.
The 1995 G20 began selling nationwide in September 1994, after pricing was announced in August.
1996[edit | edit source]
The 1996 G20 began selling nationwide in late August or September 1995. After 1996, the G20 went on a two-year hiatus.
1999[edit | edit source]
When reintroduced for the 1999 model year, the G20 was also redesigned upon undergoing several changes. The name "G20" remained current until 2002.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
As of February 18, 1994:
- $21,975 (1994 Infiniti G20)
As of late 1994:
- $22,875 (1995 Infiniti G20)
As of August 18, 1995:
- $23,800 (1996 Infiniti G20)
- $25,065 (1996 Infiniti G20 Touring)