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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Infiniti G20 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Infiniti G20 Overview

A Sleek Little Sports Machine

This is the last year for the G20. Its larger and more powerful G35 brethren are already on deck just waiting for the coach to blow the whistle that will sideline the little sports sedan for the remainder of the game. But before it goes, the G20 has a few things to prove and offers plenty of reasons for you to rush down to your Infiniti dealer and pick one up before it's too late.

Available only in sedan form, the G20 fancies itself the equal of such cars as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series. In size, ride and handling, the G20 does manage to hold its own; its only weakness resides beneath its hood. The G20's 145-horsepower 2.0-liter engine is no match for its European rivals' turbo-charged four and in-line six-cylinder power plants. Though the 2.0-liter is peppy, it lacks both off-the-line grunt and top-end speed. On the upside, the G20 is a great driving car and its terrific 5-speed manual-transmission makes for great fun when milking the engine for every pony it has.

The G20 is also an Infiniti and as such it offers all the luxury, refinement and attention to detail one would expect from this manufacturer. The exterior of the G20 bears a strong family resemblance to the rest of the Infiniti line, especially in the front fascia and headlight area. From the side, the wedge-like shape has almost a coupe-like appearance that further enhances the G20's sporting intentions. Body-colored ground effects, 16-inch alloy wheels and an optional rear spoiler complete the image. The G20's wedge shape also gives it something most other sedans in the class lack—a large, deep trunk.

Infiniti took special care to ensure the interior of the G20 would satisfy the most demanding taste. When equipped with the optional Leather/Sunroof package, the G20 will cradle you in perforated leather seats and provide a one-touch glass sunroof to let the wind blow through your hair. The driver's seat is power operated and adjustable 8 ways, the steering wheel, shift lever and door inserts are all wrapped in fine leather and the climate controls are fully automatic. If you live in a cold-weather state, you can opt to have your front seats and outside mirrors electrically heated. All the standard Infiniti features are in place, including power windows, power door locks, automatic headlights, 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, 100-watt Bose CD audio system, front side-impact airbags and a Vehicle Engine Immobilizer System.

Once you've settled into the G20, you'll want to take it out for a spin. Try and pick somewhere with lots of curves because the G20 is at its best when the road ahead is not straight. Order the optional Sport package and the G20 receives a limited-slip differential that makes a world of difference in the way the front-drive sedan negotiates curves and deals with slippery road conditions. It could be said that the viscous-coupling limited-slip differential is so important to the car's performance it really should be standard—so be sure to find it on the G20 destined for your garage. Once out on the road, you have to work the 5-speed manual to find the G20's optimal power range, but once you do, you'll find there is enough power underfoot to spirit you along. The speed-sensitive steering feels accurate and makes quick work of hairpin turns, though you may find it is a tad over assisted at low rpm. The G20's standard ABS brakes work well and resist fading even after repeated hard use. Best of all, the comfortable sport bucket seats do an outstanding job of keeping your body where it belongs, thanks in part to the special fabric that provides more grip than the slippery leather coverings provided on the Luxury model.

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