Fuel efficiency isn't just a hot new trend; it's the future of the industry. Infiniti is taking this to heart with a new 2.5-liter V-6 for the G25 Sedan, and while it's not a gas mileage miser, it's just as much sedan--just with a little less engine.
Actually, it's a lot less engine. Rated at 218 horsepower, it's still pretty dynamic--in fact, it's not far off BMW's new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder--but it's 110 horsepower short of its bigger brother, the G37. On the other hand, the G25 manages 20 mpg in town and 29 mpg on the highway--each a mile or two per gallon better than the bigger-engined car. The G25 also skips the six-speed manual transmission entirely, available only with the seven-speed automatic.
You don't give up anything else with the G25, however: it's got the same conservatively aggressive good looks, the same austere but functional (if somewhat small) interior, and the same fantastic handling and suspension tuning. As a driver's car, the G25 is very nearly...