Japanese automaker Nissan introduced its luxury marquee, Infiniti, in 1989. These cars combined the reliability and safety that Nissan had come to be known for with luxurious features, plush interiors, and eye catching style. Infiniti cars are now widely popular in the U.S., Japan, and many other countries.
It's the ideal entry level luxury vehicle, and these cars have serious lasting power -- it's quite common to see good looking and well functioning Infiniti models on the road that are well over a decade old. Here are ten of the top Infiniti models of all time.
1990 Infiniti Q45 - $23,500
The 1990 Infiniti Q45 came out around the same time as the Lexus LS 400, making it clear that Infiniti planned to compete with all established luxury car brands on the market.
Its stats for the time were impressive: 278 hp coming from a 4.5 liter V8 engine, a roomy interior, and an all-wheel steering option to give it even better handling. It also looked more sleek than the LS 400, making it the easy winner between the two cars for those who preferred less chunky designs.
1994 Infiniti J30 - $36,950
Also called the Nissan Leopard J Ferie, Infiniti's J30 sported a smooth look and great amenities. Its interior got an upgrade from previous Infiniti models, which some complained had too much plastic and too many shifted over knobs from the Nissan line.
The four door sedan didn't just look good, it had decent power thanks for its 3.0 liter V6 engine that produced 210 hp and its four speed automatic transmission. Many remember this car from its advertisements, which featured celebs and great music.
1998 Infiniti I30 - $28,900
The I30 is a testament to how well an Infiniti car can last if decently cared for. The next time you're driving around, take notice to how many of these models you see around town -- more than any other, the I30 has excellent durability.
The 1998 model year is the most commonly seen today, and what's really great are the amenities and features it has that are comparable to models put out now. Bose audio, heated leather seats, and wood grain on the console are just the beginning.
This car also has a profile that doesn't scream late 1990s sedan, and the I30 looks just as good today as it did when it debuted. The 1998 Infiniti I30 is equipped with a 3.0 liter V6 engine that produces 190 hp.
2000 Infiniti QX4 - $34,675
This mid-size SUV was first released in 1996, and the 2000 model is one of the best. It looks great inside and out, and its profile is comparable to Nissan's Pathfinder. However, there are some distinct differences that give the Infiniti QX4 more flair, an upscale look, and an interior that's decidedly more luxurious. This car has a 3.3 liter V6 engine and 170 hp, and you can still find them used today at a good price.
2006 Infiniti M35 Sport - $44,900
There's plenty to love about the 2006 Infiniti M35 Sport. The four door sedan is a bit lighter than its predecessor and it handles beautifully. This is the Infiniti that people who wanted a luxury ride that could be taken on tough roads clamored to get when it first came out.
A sport tuned chassis and 19 inch Bridgestone tires give it excellent versatility and the ability to go places that you wouldn't normally take other Infiniti models. Inside is a five speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting and a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a respectable 6.1 seconds.
2010 Infiniti M - $45,800
This car was known as the Infiniti M from its debut in 1989 until the year 2013 when its official name became the Q70. No matter what you call it, this model is one of the longest running of the brand and it's easy to see why.
As the years have passed the Infiniti M has only gotten better looking and its performance has kept up with its appearance. It's based on the Nissan FM platform, and the 2010 model was part of the line's third generation. The 2010 Infiniti M came with a choice of engines -- a 3.5 liter V6 or 4.5 liter V8 -- and could produce between 303 and 325 hp.
2012 Infiniti EX - $33,170
Here's another Infiniti model that has changed names over the years, but this is what's now called the QX50. Back when this car first came out it was called the EX, and it's an excellent crossover SUV. It's rugged, practical, and still manages to look great.
This particular car is routinely ranked as one of the best luxury SUVs on the market, and you can't go wrong with one even if you buy it used. You can definitely find other crossovers with comparable features, but it's the styling and aesthetic of this car that makes it such a winner. The 2012 Infiniti EX has 297 hp from its 3.5 liter V6 engine.
2014 Infiniti Q50 - $37,150
Many see this Infiniti model as a great alternative to the BMW 3 Series for those who want the same type of style, features, handling, and performance without spending so much money. Don't mistake it as a downgrade or a second best option -- in many ways, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 comes out on top of other cars in its class.
Its appearance is flawless, and there's nothing that needs improvement as far as the gorgeous bodywork is concerned. It's plenty luxurious and spacious inside and wonderfully comfortable. This model has a V6 engine that produces 328 hp, a seven speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode, and it can go from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds.
2015 Infiniti Q60 - $40,950
The Q60 serves as the successor to Infiniti's G Series, and it's beautiful. It's available as a two door coupe or two door convertible, and each flaunts impeccable style and a design that verges on being aggressive in the best possible way. Dynamic suspension, adaptive steering, and super smooth handling don't hurt and make the car even more noteworthy. The 3.7 liter V6 engine inside produces between 325 and 348 hp, depending on the options chosen.
2017 Infiniti QX50 - $34,450
For the 2017 model year Infiniti pulled out all the stops with its QX50. The profile of the car has the sleekness that so many love about the brand's vehicles, and its cabin is quite luxe. Supportive front seats, plenty of amenities, and handling reminiscent of a sport sedan make the 2017 Infiniti QX50 well worth its price tag.
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