As the luxury arm of Nissan, Infiniti is known for its premium cars. It rarely makes a lemon and has built up a loyal following as a result. But ultimately, not all cars are as good as others. It’s easy to think the latest versions will always be the best, but sometimes, the older generations have more to recommend them. So, which Infiniti sedan is the best? Is it a recent model, or do we need to trawl the brand’s back pages to find it? Find out as run through the 10 best Infiniti sedans of all-time.
10. 1994 Infiniti J30
By 1994, the J30 had already been in production for 2 years. But 1994 was the year it hit its stride. Designed to fit between the smaller G20 and the larger Q45, the J30 was Infiniti’s first mid-size sedan to go head to head with the mighty Acura Legend. With the same rounded good looks as the Nissan Altima/Bluebird U13, a luxurious interior packed with mod cons, a powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine, and a celeb-powered marketing campaign, the J30 was an immediate hit. Over 25 years later, it’s still remembered fondly by Infiniti devotees.
9. 2006 Infiniti G37
In 2006, the G35 got an upgrade. In fairness, the G35 coupe was always a thing of beauty. The G35 sedan, on the other hand, was a little…. well, frumpy. The new and improved G37 got rid of the fusty image of its predecessor while keeping its best elements intact. Equipped with an all-new design, an improved interior, and a far more capable engine, the 2006 Infiniti G37 delivered expert handling, enhanced performance, and a look that screamed class.
8. 1998 Infiniti I30
The 1998 Infiniti I30 is now 23 years old. And yet surprisingly, you’ll still occasionally see one winding its way down the highway – a testament to both the reliability of the car and its evergreen popularity with Infiniti fans. But what exactly makes it such a classic? For a start, the interior. Blessed with heated leather seats, Bose audio, a wood grain console, and enough gadgets and wizardry to keep boffins happy without intimidating less tech-savvy owners, it was a beauty. The performance offered by its 3.0-liter V6 engine wasn’t exactly shoddy either. Reliable, affordable, and capable of delivering a smooth, comfortable driving experience, this luxury sedan was (and remains) one of the most coveted Infinity models ever made.
7. 2006 Infiniti M35 Sport
Lighter, faster, and altogether superior to its M45 predecessor, the 2006 Infiniti M35 Sport proved that bigger isn’t always better. Its 3.5-liter V-6 engine trotted along like a dream. Its acceleration proved just as useful, eating up a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds at top speed and getting from zero to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. For people in the market for a luxury sedan that could handle off-roading just as easily as commuting, the 2006 Infiniti M35 Sport was a no-brainer.
6. 2009 Infiniti G37 S Sport
If you like your cars to be of the fast and furious kind, the 2009 Infiniti G37 S Sport 6MT Sedan won’t disappoint. Ranked by sportscarstandings.com as one of the fastest Infiniti cars of all time, the sedan is capable of racing from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds. Speed aside, there’s a lot to love. Its muscular V6 engine pushes the car along with ease, while the sharp handling and easy-to-use high-tech features are hard to fault. With its attractive price point and its wide range of body styles, the 2009 Infiniti G37 S Sport 6MT Sedan is one of Infiniti’s all-time greats.
5. 2012 Infiniti G25
As cars.com writes, the 2012 G25 might be a less-expensive alternative to Infiniti’s mainstay G37, but it offers many of the same attractions, including a sporty, athletic driving experience and unparalleled comfort. The sleek, smooth lines of the exterior are matched by an equally streamlined interior. Drivers can expect sumptuous leather upholstery, a 7-inch dashboard screen, and plenty of high-tech features.
4. 2018 Infiniti Q50
As hotcars.comwrites, the 2018 Infiniti Q50 has the looks of a Maserati sedan, but a mercifully smaller price tag. Its big, bold design might lack the sophistication of a Mercedes-Benz S Class, but it still comes with enough features and gadgets to please most tastes. Its 2.0-liter inline-four engine is capable of trotting out 208 horsepower, while its acceleration is nothing short of superb.
3. 2017 Infiniti Q30
The Infiniti Q30 shares a platform with the much-loved Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Although there are plenty of similarities between the two, there are also enough differences to keep things interesting – including a much smaller price tag. The sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that trots out 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque. With acceleration from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds, it offers plenty to keep speed freaks happy. The exterior is a vision of sharp lines and flared wheel angles. The interior is just as pretty, with a look that instantly calls to mind the smart sophistication of a Mercedes. For anyone looking to combine the attractions of a Merc with the pricing of an Infiniti, it’s the perfect choice.
2. 2006 Infiniti Q45
In 2006, Infiniti gave the Q45 sedan a makeover. As it turned out, it would be the last makeover the line would ever get – for whatever reason, Infiniti chooses to withdraw the Q45 from its collection that same year. But if you have to go out, you may as well go out on a high, and that’s exactly what the Q45 did. Blessed with intelligent cruise control, a revised five-speed automatic transmission, and a powerful 340-hp V-8 engine, the 2006 Q45 was a cracker.
1. 2020 Infiniti Q70
If power is what you want, power is most definitely what you get with the 2020 Q70. This exquisitely smooth and powerful sedan delivers up to 420 horsepower without batting an eyelid. Customers can choose between the regular V6 engine, a supercharged 5.6-liter V8 engine, or a 3.5-liter V6 coupled with a powerful electric motor. To improve the driving experience, Infiniti has decked the car out with an impressive range of safety innovations. The Infiniti InTouch system, meanwhile, delivers a suite of digital applications and remote services that promises superior connectivity. Powerful, smooth, and incredibly easy on the eye, the 2020 Q70 is a masterclass in craftsmanship and design.