In the early years, Infiniti's mid-size luxury car was the M30, which was later replaced by the 4-door J30. It competed with the Lexus GS 300, BMW 5-series and Mercedes C-Class cars.
The M30 came in two body styles starting in this model year: a 2-door coupe and convertible. Both came with a 3.0-liter V6 engine and 162 horsepower. Neither model had any significant changes for 1992.
The J30's rear-drive chassis was finely balanced, and the dohc 3.0-liter V6 both smooth and powerful. ABS disc brakes and all-season tires were standard equipment.
Also standard were a limited-slip differential, speed-sensitive power steering and a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with interactive engine-transmission coordination to eliminate shift harshness. The top-line J30t added alloy wheels, V-rated tires and a rear spoiler that altered the controversial rounded trunk silhouette of the J30.
Like other cars in this class, the J30 came equipped with every imaginable feature, including leather upholstery, 8-way power seats, a Bose sound system with CD player, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and a power trunklid release. The car itself was only 2 in. shorter than a full-size BMW 740i.
The J30 was discontinued after 1997.
As of September 23, 1993:
- $36,950 (1994 Infiniti J30)
As of late 1994:
- $38,550 (1995 Infiniti J30)
As of August 18, 1995:
- $39,920 (1996 Infiniti J30)
- $41,920 (1996 Infiniti J30 Touring)
As of late 1996:
- $32,000 (1997 Infiniti J30 Touring)
- $33,995 (1997 Infiniti J30)