Overview & Reviews
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.
User Reviews:Showing 1 through 4 of 4.00
very poor tech package - 2016 Infiniti Q70
By Ann - March 1 - 4:10 pm
If you want great luxury car without tech package - it your car, no apps, no Bluetooth texting, their in touch app is a joke, otherwise driving perfect, and perfect 360 view camera for the price almost $60k
2016 Q70 L Beauty - 2016 Infiniti Q70
By john wagner - September 20 - 9:17 am
THis vehicle provides a great experience in both comfort and performance. You never want for pick-up as this gets you moving from a light as fast as anyone needs to move on most streets!! I particularly enjoy the BIG roomy front drivers seat and the cooled and warm seats, as you never know in western New York what the weather gods are going to bring!! In addition, I get a lot of use out of the heated steering wheel as we move into the colder months..The "L" version of this Q70 is just long er enough to catch some eyes as you travel. Furthermore the extra Trunk space as well as back seat leg room make it much easier for travel!! My 5th Infiniti over the last 20 yrs , I believe this too be my best choice!!!
Rattle in the dash with less than 200 miles - 2014 Infiniti Q70
By tntstark - July 14 - 11:59 am
I purchased this car three days ago. Before the odometer hit 200 miles, the dash had a rattle anytime I drove on any road that wasn't perfectly smooth. The eight year old Mercedes I traded in for this car had no rattles when driven on the same roads and it was a soft top. This is completely unaccepted for a brand new upscale vehicle.
not a brand slave - 2016 Infiniti Q70
By chip bunata - July 18 - 11:11 am
If you are looking for a RWD, very reliable, athletic, 6 cylinder, luxury car w impeccable fit and finish inside and out, and are not a brand slave to the ubiquitous grey/black/silver MB E350, Lexus GS350, or BMW 5, check out the Q70L. And you will pay $5K-$15K less than a similarly equipped MB E350, Lexus GS350, or BMW 5. On another note; I agree w other reviewers, the Bluetooth and app's are a bit dated. Chip