Recently, my wife and I had a 2011 Infiniti G25 sedan for a manufacturers’ test-drive. This car is a new entry in the Nissan line-up of vehicles, having been introduced late last fall, but this was my first opportunity to actually get behind the wheel. I took it all over the Fort Worth area, Dallas area, and into East Texas.
Premium and luxury sport sedans have become very popular with consumers the past few years. With the slower economy and most everyone watching their expenses, the slightly higher priced vehicles are losing some ground to less expensive models. Although most of us would prefer more power and more features, the reality is that buyers rank the pricing as their number one factor in a new car purchase. In the world of premium sport sedans, less expensive versions, even with lower horsepower, have usually out-sold the more expensive models.
Nissan has a great vehicle in the Luxury Sport Sedan category – the Infiniti G37. It is definitely sporty and powerful, with a 3.7 liter V6 engine. The folks at Infiniti put their thinking caps on and decided that it might be advantageous to have a slightly lower-priced entry, so they created the G25. The G25 model has a new 2.5-liter, 24 valve V6 that provides 218 horsepower. It is matched to a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Other than the smaller engine, the G25 looks and acts like the G37. Well, there are a few other slight differences, such as you cannot get a navigation system. There is an upgrade available from the basic G25 model and that is the trim level called Journey. My test model included that Journey package for roughly $1400 additional costs. That added a rear-view camera, heated seats, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, and a couple of more items. My test model also added a power sliding glass moon roof at an additional cost of $1000. My test model was an attractive Blue Slate color with the interior color scheme a neutral Stone color.
The engine and transmission work very well together and provide a comfortable and smooth ride. The automatic transmission does not have paddle shifters on the backside of the steering wheel, but there is a manual shift capability. My test model G25 was a rear-wheel drive version, but an all-wheel-drive model is available at extra cost.
My number one and only complaint about the weeklong test drive was the dashboard reflection in the front windshield. The dashboard cowling over the instrument panel is separated from the rest of the dashboard by a half-circle indention that is very deep. Any amount of sunlight causes an extremely distractive half-circle to magically appear in the driver’s direct line-of-sight. This was not just a few isolated instances, but occurred almost anytime I was driving except during nighttime hours. I found myself not being able to easily concentrate on the roadway due to my shifting my body and my head back and forth in attempts to look “around” that obtrusive reflection from the dashboard.
The G25 almost drives and acts like its big brother, the G37 but it costs a little bit less. It looks the same – a really good-looking sport sedan chassis with an elegant, yet sporty appeal. Infiniti appears to have introduced the G25 as an entry-level vehicle into the category of premium sport sedans at an affordable price. My test model had an MSRP of $32,350. With the moon roof added along with destination charges, the bottom sticker price was $34,225. EPA mileage ratings are 20 city and 29 highway. For the week, I averaged 31 mpg overall, but I didn’t put the pedal-to-the-metal very often.
The 2011 Infiniti G25 Journey sedan is a fun car to drive. I enjoyed the week and the sporty drive. If the company’s design engineers can fix that dashboard reflection problem, they will have a terrific and affordable car that will appeal to a broad range of customers. Check it out yourself at a Nissan-Infiniti dealership.