Infiniti Q70 Review

Infiniti Q70 Review

When it comes to buying a luxury sedan, most people usually stick with one of the ubiquitous models offered by traditional European luxury brands. But if you're someone who likes to look beyond the obvious choices, you'd be wise to add the Infiniti Q70 to your short list.

Though it might not be quite as polished as those traditional sport sedans from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti's midsize luxury sedan has matched, and in some ways beaten them at their own game. With a strong engine lineup, an attractive cabin lined with top-quality materials and a features list full of the latest cutting-edge gadgets, the Infiniti Q70 gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

Used car shoppers should note that this model was previously known as the Infiniti M sedan. It is covered in a separate review.

Current Infiniti Q70 Models
Although officially introduced for 2014, the Infiniti Q70 sedan is essentially the previous M midsize sedan with a new name. There are three trim levels -- 3.7, 5.6 and Hybrid -- named after their respective engines.

The 3.7 comes with a 3.7-liter, 330-horsepower V6, while the 5.6 packs a 5.6-liter, 420-hp V8. The Hybrid nets a combined 360 hp from its gas-fueled 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor. The sole transmission is a seven-speed automatic with four different shift modes: Normal, Sport, Snow and Eco. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all, with all-wheel drive optional on the 3.7 and 5.6 versions.

All Q70s come standard with automatic xenon lights, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated power seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and an iPod interface. The 5.6 adds rear parking sensors, a navigation system, ventilated front seats and an upgraded audio system with digital music storage, though these options are available on the other models.

Option highlights throughout the Q70 line include a power rear sunshade, an air purifier, upgraded leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, adaptive cruise control and numerous electronic accident avoidance systems.

While the Infiniti Q70 boasts a handsome exterior, it gets even better when you hop inside. A stylish design accented with supple leather and genuine wood sets the mood. Seating is comfortable up front, and the rear seats offer ample room. The electronics interface is one of the most user-friendly of any luxury car.

In reviews, we've found the Q70 drives smaller than it looks, with sharp reflexes through corners and quick acceleration. The optional Sport package takes it a step further with 20-inch wheels, summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension and sport seats. Unfortunately, the firmer ride associated with this package strikes us as too stiff for a segment noted for its refinement and comfort. Also, the transmission can occasionally suffer from inconsistent shift timing. The Hybrid is simply impressive, as it matches the 5.6's incredible acceleration while beating the 3.7's combined fuel economy by 10 mpg.

Overall, the Infiniti Q70 still lacks the utter refinement that makes rivals from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz so compelling. But for many, the more attractive pricing and typically much lower long-term ownership cost of an Infiniti will make the Q70 a compelling choice. Furthermore, the Hybrid's incredible combination of performance and fuel economy is impossible to ignore, and as such, eco-minded luxury buyers would be wise to put it at the top of their shopping list.

Used Infiniti Q70 Models
Used car shoppers interested in a Q70 should consider the Infiniti M, as it mostly represents a simple name change from the car that replaced it.

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