The Infiniti brand was often described at first as nothing more than a Nissan that was given some leather to make it an Infiniti. That was not the case and the G25 is a premier example of that.
In the beginning of the Infiniti brand, it was often criticized as not having character resembling Nissan too much. It was said that the brand hadn’t developed an identity yet, which was why it couldn’t produce a convincing car. Things changed, though, when the Infiniti G35 saw light of day. It was a revolutionary car that was good enough to challenge some of the best sport luxury sedans in the word, but more importantly, it was celebrated as the brand’s cutting of the umbilical cord with its mother-company Nissan. Here’s everything you need to know about both it and the more affordable brother, the Infiniti G25.
How It All Began
In production between 2007 and 2013, the fourth (and last) generation of the Infiniti G sedan was initially only available as the G25. Power came from 3.5-litre V6 that generated 306 horsepower and was paired with a five-speed automatic by default. There were five trim levels available in total and each one came with standard rear-wheel drive. On the other hand, all-wheel-drive was available as an option (“x” marked the trim levels with AWD). Then the G25 came into the spotlight in 2011 as a way of offering interested shoppers a lesser-equipped, but also less-expensive way to become part of Infiniti’s G family. The G25 was powered by a 2.5-litre V6 with 218 horsepower and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, it was only produced for two years, but in that time, buyers could also opt for an optional all-wheel-drive (G25x).
What Was To Be Expected
There were plenty of eye-catching details to be found on the inside of the G25 as well. For instance, excellent build quality that has become a trademark of Infiniti as a brand in the meantime first appeared in the G25, as well as plenty of user-friendly and functional controls. Design-wise, the interior boasted such details as Japanese “Shodo-brushstroke finish” aluminum trim and leather-accented magnesium transmission paddle shifters. Well-bolstered and comfortable, the front seats were yet another highlight of the G25’s interior, with sport-style seats offered as an available upgrade.
When it comes to what you could expect your G25 to arrive with as standard, you were in for a surprise. Examples included automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, power front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless ignition and entry and bi-xenon headlights. In the following years, more and more features were added to the standard roster, such as a rearview camera and an iPod/USB audio interface. If you were itching for sport features, you were looking at sport seats, design flourishes, bigger brakes than standard a sport-tuned suspension, summer tires, unique 18-inch wheels and a limited-slip differential. Similarly, a navigation system, Bose stereo system, rear parking sensors and a sunroof were among the optional extras for those looking to customize their G25.
How It Fares Today
When on the market for a used, well-balanced and ultimately sporty luxury sedan on a budget, the Infiniti G25 is pretty hard to beat. Why? Because it is a rare car that actually delivers on everything its looks promise. It was and is a standout among driving enthusiasts as a result of its dynamic demeanor and on-road manners. Whether you’re looking for a car that remains compliant and poised when driven over broken pavement or one that is more than capable of attacking curves with both precision and aggression, the G25 not only delivers, but thrives in the process of both.