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Day 1

2011 Infiniti G25x
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I’ve been looking forward to this week’s tester, the all-new Infiniti G25. In particular, I wanted to learn the pricing structure Infiniti had lined up for this new model, hoping that it would be a great value proposition in the entry-level luxury sector, my thinking being it would be a great competitor to the Lexus IS 250 and IS 250 AWD models. Now I have one, and my hopes have been dashed somewhat.

Why? Well, the pricing seems a little odd for my tester: $45,540, or $2,000 more than a G37x sedan. Granted, it is exactly $3,000 less expensive than a G37x Sport, so we have something to write home about, but I’m still skeptical.

2011 Infiniti G25x
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But let’s not focus solely on the price just yet. This is a rather loaded vehicle, and despite the small 2.5-litre V6 engine that outputs only 218 hp, it is, realistically, enough power for plenty of buyers, and that is what counts. It also offers improved fuel economy, according to Natural Resources Canada, with a rating of 10.6/7.3 L/100 km (city/highway).

What does my tester have? Well, as I said, nearly everything: heated leather seats (front only), driver’s seat memory, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start and intelligent key, a seven-speed automatic transmission, power to all four wheels, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a Bose stereo system with 10 speakers, and much more.

First impressions suggest that it is quieter on the road than the Elantra I just dropped off, despite the G25 being equipped with winter tires. I also noticed something I perhaps should have known but was not aware of: Infiniti offers a complete bumper-to-bumper four year/100,000km warranty on every model, which is a bonus in an industry of mostly three-year warranties.

2011 Infiniti G25x Sedan Sport
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $45,540

For more information on Infiniti and the G25x visit Infiniti Canada

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