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Infiniti's entry-level G20 was basically a restyled Nissan Sentra on a slightly stretched platform that was priced high enough to compete with import sedans like the Acura Vigor, Lexus ES 250/300 and BMW 318i. That's a tall order for a Japanese economy car. The G20, on the other hand, was a delight, a secret sport sedan loaded with extras.

A lot of its appeal came from the 140-hp dohc 4-cylinder it shared with the sporty Sentra SE-R. This was one of the nicest engines Nissan made, smooth, powerful and happy to rev. This car also included the 5-speed manual gearbox for maximum fun and utility. Its 4-speed was unique in that it shifts from Comfort mode to Power mode when tramping on the accelerator.

The G20 also included standard equipment like power steering, CFC-free air conditioning, a 160-watt sound system, alloy wheels and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS.

Year-to-year changes[]

1991[]

In its first year, almost 14,000 Infiniti G20s were sold in 1991.

1993[]

Early in April 1993, a midyear 1993.5 model for the G20 was released. It sold through early 1994.

1994[]

The 1994 model was finally announced in February 1994, and went on sale nationwide in March.

1995[]

New for 1995 was the G20t, a high-performance package that costed $2900 extra but added a limited-slip differential, foglights, rear spoiler and stickier tires, as well as a leather-upholstered interior, power front seats, power sunroof and remote keyless entry. Other thoughtful refinements included a cargo net in the trunk and height-adjustable rear headrests.

The 1995 G20 began selling nationwide in September 1994, after pricing was announced in August.

1996[]

The 1996 G20 began selling nationwide in late August or September 1995. After 1996, the G20 went on a two-year hiatus.

1999[]

When reintroduced for the 1999 model year, the G20 was also redesigned upon undergoing several changes. The name "G20" remained current until 2002.

Retail prices[]

Model year(s) Trim level List price Destination charge Effective date
1991 Standard $17,500 November 9, 1990
1992 Standard $18,300 $400 October 13, 1991
1992 Standard $19,100 $400 March 1, 1992
1993 Standard $19,500 $450 August 19, 1992
1993 Standard $20,450 $450 June 15, 1993
1994 Standard $21,975 $450 February 18, 1994
1995 Standard $22,875 $450 August 8, 1994
1995 Standard $22,875 $480 March 3, 1995
1996 Standard $23,800 $480 August 18, 1995
1996 Touring $25,065 $480 August 18, 1995
1999 Standard $20,995 $525 July 1, 1998
1999 Touring $22,495 $525 July 1, 1998
2000 Standard $21,395 $525
2000 Touring $22,895 $525
2001–2002 Standard $21,395 $545
2001 Touring $24,095 $545

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