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Here Are My Favorite Older Infiniti Models

Although Infiniti’s current lineup leaves a little to be desired, the brand has had more interesting times. In fact, Infiniti has made some unusual and exciting cars in the past — far more than their current lineup would suggest. Today I’m going to go over five of my favorite older Infiniti models, all of which come from a bygone era in Infiniti’s history.

1991-1996 Infiniti G20

1991-1996 Infiniti G20

The Infiniti G20 was a sporty compact luxury sedan sold in its first generation from 1991 to 1996. The G20 used the same 4-cylinder engine as the thrilling Nissan Sentra SE-R from the same period — and while its 140 horsepower doesn’t sound too exciting, the G20 was also far lighter than any modern luxury car. It was also a handsome design, and it’s a shame few survive to the modern era. Find an Infiniti G20 for sale

2003-2007 Infiniti G35

2003-2007 Infiniti G35

The original Infiniti G35 was probably the best Infiniti of all time. Sick of not offering a truly competitive sport sedan versus German rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti went all-out developing the G35 — and they created the best sport sedan on the market. Featuring a powerful V6, rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a sporty coupe version, the G35 was a smash hit, and it turned around Infiniti for the better. Find an Infiniti G35 for sale

2003-2007 Infiniti FX45

2003-2007 Infiniti FX45

The Infiniti FX45 is one of my all-time favorite SUVs. One reason was the launch color: In 2003, Infiniti debuted the FX45 with a copper exterior and a bright orange interior. But it wasn’t just that — it was also the fact that the FX45 is a shockingly small luxury SUV, and Infiniti installed a 4.5-liter V8 under the hood with 320 hp — at the time, completely unheard of outside the Porsche Cayenne that was just going on sale. The original FX45 did 0-to-60 mph in 6.2 seconds, and it was one of the quickest SUVs on the road when it came out — and it had the bold styling to match. Find an Infiniti FX45 for sale

1990-1992 Infiniti M30

1990-1992 Infiniti M30

The Infiniti M30 was Infiniti’s first 2-door car, meant to bring a little more performance to the lineup that also included the smaller G20 and more luxurious Q45 right when Infiniti launched. Also adapted from a Japanese-market Nissan, the M30 was offered as a coupe or convertible — but nobody bought very much of either. The M30 was sold for only three years before it went away, and Infiniti didn’t offer another coupe again until the G35 a decade later. Find an Infiniti M30 for sale

2003-2004 Infiniti M45

2003-2004 Infiniti M45

The Infiniti M45 was an unloved Infiniti model — but I always thought it was cool. Adapted from a Japanese-market Nissan, the M45 was an RWD luxury sedan with a 340-hp 4.5-liter V8 under the hood — and it was more exciting and faster than any luxury sedan should be. It also suffered from unusual styling, and it wasn’t popular at all — so it was only sold for two model years. These days, seeing one on the road, just 15 years later, is very uncommon. Find an Infiniti M45 for sale

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  1. My first car was a 1994 J30t. It was a great, almost forgotten sport sedan based on the 300ZX. The interior was incredibly high quality with none of the cost cutting and crappy hard plastics of later Infiniti generations.

  2. I bought a 2012 Infiniti M37 back in 2014 with less than 13k miles on it. Now about 40k miles later (still young), runs terrific, and so sporty. Sport mode is so touchy. Darn thing averaged me a speeding ticket a year for the first 3 years owning it. I contested and won getting all tickets thrown out. I put a laser jammer on my car so I don’t deal with it any longer, but alongside that, I did tone my driving down a bit. It’s just too fun to drive normal. Primarily only on open highways. Agility, braking, rev matching, stylish interior and exterior, etc., as well as it being an IIHS top safety pick for a number of years in a row really make it a great car. Nissan has always had a spirit of racing about them. I only wish I had a M56 or a 5.6 Q70 instead. I could keep talking, but I digress.

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