2011 Infiniti G25 Sedan:Less really is more

8 Jul 2011 | 2,056 views | No Comment

By Don Hammonds

Can less truly be more?

We at Automobile Journal think so. We recently had Infiniti's 2011 G25 Journey Sedan for a week.

 

 It was equipped with the company' s 218 horsepower, 2.5 liter V-6, and at first blush that seems considerably less powerful than the 3.7 liter, 328 horsepower V-6 that dwells under the hood of the fast as greased lightning G37 Sedan.    Mileage, by the way, is a reasonable 20/29 miles per gallon, for a car that definitely lives life on the sporting side of the street.  Now mind you we can remember some rollicking good times with the G37, which is in our minds rivaled only by the top of the line 3 Series cars in terms of pound the pavement power. But frankly, you'll find that you can have just as much fun with the GT25 as you can with th G37, just at a somewhat slower pace and with fewer horses working you, that still is better than some of the G25's rivals.   Of course, the best way to judge any Infiniti is by its road-going qualities and we can tell you this one doesn't disappoint. It hugs the road like a bobsled, and there is a wonderful suspension system and well balanced steering to make it easy as pie.  And its so lovely to hear the drone of the exhaust pipes as you run through those corners. G25 has all of the marvelous graces of the G37--thrilling handling, an imaginative and well done interior, fantastic fit and finish, dependability that you can take to the bank, and that indefinable something that marks the Infiniti of any any variety something that is a cut above, something for the select, discerning few who don't want to follow the crowd. Standard equipment is generous including manual shift mode and downshift rev matching with the terrific seven speed automatic, vehicle speed sensitive steering, eight way power and heated front seats, satellite radio, a seven inch color display with Infiniti controller, cruise, full power accessories, and countless other items.  The only option on our tester was a moonroof which brought the bottom line to $34,225.00. Style-wise, the Infiniti G25 is identical to the more expensive G37.  It's got many of the same design hallmarks seen on all Infiniti models, such as the distinctive family grille that Infiniti has wisely kept on its cars.  As a result, you know it's an Infiniti when you see it in your rear view mirror, you know  that it's an Infiniti--probably about to pass you. Moreover,  the G25 is strongly differentiated stylewise from its peers in the entry level sports luxury sedan market. It has a semi formal fastback roofline that also manages to look elegant at the same time, and a rear end treatment that doesn't just look like everybody else's. And of course, there are trademark exhaust outlets there for your listening pleasure.        There are several versions of the G25 available.  There's the entry level G25, with a base price of $31,825, the G25  Journey which starts at $33,225, and the G25x, starting at $34,825. The G25x is the only all wheel drive member of a family that otherwise consists of rear wheel drive models.      Inside the G25, you will be treated to a sumptuous interior that looks as though it was customized for you. It has a definitive Asian look to it which is expressed through the selection of materials for the car, including a textured metal---it's called Shodo-finished aluminum-- that doesn't resemble anything seen in metals unlike anything we've seen in recent test cars. You will also find lots of contrasting materials, and a set of seats that snugly and comfortably hold you in place during cornering or similar movements. As you might detect, we've said nary a negative word about this car. We frankly couldn't find anything that niggled at us; we would say that, since the current design has been around for a while during which time competitors have upgraded their looks, we think it's probably time to replace the current venerable design with something even juicier in terms of new looks.  But we have a feeling Infiniti is probably a few steps ahead of us. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you don't have the bread for a G37, we assure you that the cheaper G25 model, with its higher fuel economy, similar perfornmance and top drawer interior will more than suffice. Trust us on that one.

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