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Totally redesigned for model year 2000, the INFINITI I30 boasts exceptional handling, a smooth ride and lots of performance from its twin-cam V6 engine. This car is stable at high speeds and under hard braking. An elegant interior offers supportive leather seats that are comfortable on long trips.
To this, the I30t Touring model adds a sports suspension and other equipment designed to turn this INFINITI into a sports sedan. Both models offer a great value among mid-sized luxury sports sedans.
The I30 performs well whether it's in heavy metropolitan traffic, on mountain passes or long, undulating desert roads. We drove the new I30 in the heavy traffic of Southern California and Washington, D.C. Threading our way through the hills east of Newport Beach and into the desert beyond, we found the I30 offers comfort, elegance and style.
The 227-horsepower V6 engine performs well in acceleration from stops as well as in passing maneuvers on long mountain ascents. Indeed, this is one of the best V6 engines available. Horsepower and torque have been increased in the 2000 I30 to compensate for an increase in overall weight of 250 pounds.
The transmission shifts smoothly when cruising, yet is always ready to downshift quickly for quick bursts of acceleration. We recommend the optional electronic traction control system ($300), which minimizes wheelspin when accelerating over slippery surfaces.
As we powered through tight curves on mountain roads, we quickly noticed the advantage of the taut springs and shocks of the Touring Sedan. Though the standard I30 worked fine, the Touring equipment raised the I30t's abilities a notch. The long waves of the roller coaster desert roads put extra demands on a suspension system with peaks and valleys that compress then quickly unload the suspension. These transitions can throw a lesser vehicle out of sorts, but the I30t always maintained its composure. At high speeds, the I30 is smooth and stable as a rock. It feels as solid as a rock when driving though fast-moving heavy traffic.
For 2000, the I30 also benefits from bigger brakes. The front and rear brake rotors are larger diameter and the front brake calipers are bigger as well. We found that the I30 stops in an even and true manner. This remained true following numerous hard braking maneuvers; the brakes performed consistently no matter how we abused them.
The steering seemed to be just a bit vague in the I30, but felt much tighter in the I30t. The I30 is easier to maneuver in tight parking garages, however, because it offers tighter turning circle (35.4 feet curb-to-curb versus 40.0 feet).
Starting at less than $30,000, the 2000 INFINITI I30 offers a luxurious interior wrapped in a stylish package with excellent performance and handling.
I30's smooth engine and transmission are befitting of a luxury car. The cabin is quiet and comfortable when all you want to do is settle into the drive, turn up the Bose system and cruise on down the highway. But if you want to inject some excitement into the drive, the I30 can provide that as well with one of the best V6 engines available. And the I30t adds a sports suspension for driving enthusiasts.
The I30 also comes with INFINITI's Total Ownership Experience, designed to pamper the owner whenever visiting the dealership for service. This is a vehicle one can live with for years and never be disappointed in your choice of wheels.