As I go through the current Infiniti lineup, my grievances really boil down to 3 categories:
1) The weird "podium-style" dashboard
2) The fact that each car has a near-identical Nissan counterpart, either as a US or JDM model
3) Disappointing exterior styling compared to competition
I can't comment on the ride, acceleration, braking, etc., as I have not driven any of Infiniti's current cars, but that is not the point of this post. From reading popular auto mags, most reviewers draw the same conclusion anyway: Infinitis produce decent performance, but are either on par with or slightly worse than European competitors. When was the last time you saw an Infiniti win a car comparo? I can't even remember.
Click through to see my explanation.
Reason #1: Podium-style dashboard
|Current Infiniti M|
|Last-gen Infiniti M|
|Current Nissan Quest|
|Last-gen Nissan Quest|
|Infiniti G / EX interior|
|Discontinued Infiniti Q - the worst offender!!|
Reason #2: Nissan Clones
Infiniti has a checkered past in its efforts to differentiate its clone models from their Nissan counterparts.
|Nissan Skyline / Infiniti G|
|Nissan Fuga / Infiniti M|
|Nissan Patrol / Infiniti QX|
|Infiniti I / Nissan Maxima|
|Infiniti QX4 / Nissan Pathfinder|
Reason #3: Uncompetitive Styling