Though its nameplate has only been around since 2014, the Q70's roots stretch way back to 1990 and the debut of the INFINITI M30 Coupe. The M30 lasted only through 1992, but the M nomenclature was revived in 2003 with the introduction of the M Sedan. The M Sedan lasted until the end of the 2013 model year. That’s when INFINITI changed its model-naming scheme, giving all passenger cars a “Q” prefix, followed by a number that indicated the model's place in the lineup. As the lineup-topping sedan, the M became the Q70.
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2016 INFINITI Q70 Overview
What's New for 2016
Lightly refreshed last year, including a bolder grille, the Q70 gets some updates for 2016, mostly related to trim-level modifications. A new Premium Select Edition is available.
Choosing Your INFINITI Q70
The main choice to be made is deciding how much power you want. The base 3.7 model comes with a solidly competent 3.7-liter V6 that delivers 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine, in the 5.6 trim level, is a 5.6-liter V8 that generates 420 horsepower and 417 pound-feet. Both engines use a seven-speed automatic transmission, and both can have all-wheel drive as an alternative to standard rear-drive.
Only two trim levels are offered, identified by engine size. Each can have the all-wheel-drive option.
After choosing the engine and thereby, the trim level, a slew of optional packages can be added, if desired. They range from performance wheels, tires and brakes to such super-premium items as semi-aniline leather and a surround-sound audio system.
- Premium Package (which is complimentary -- no charge) adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, INFINITI Connection telematics, leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, and an Around View monitor.
- Premium Select Package has dark chrome exterior trim, a rear spoiler, unique 20-inch wheels, a suede-like headliner, and aluminum interior trim.
- Technology Package adds a number of safety features, including blind-spot warning and intervention, lane-departure warning and prevention, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and adaptive front lighting.
- Sport Touring Package includes Bose surround sound and a power rear sunshade.
- Delux Touring Package adds semi-aniline leather and other premium materials including White Ash silver-powdered wood trim.
- Performance Tire and Wheel Package includes 20-inch wheels and sport brakes.
- Sport Package has 20-inch wheels, a unique front fascia, and sport-tuned suspension.
It pays to compare the price of a 3.7, with the option packages you prefer, against the cost of a Q70 5.6. You could get the 3.7 trim level with every single available option for less than the 5.6 in base form. Unless you prize flat-out performance above all else, we question the value of paying an additional $13,000 for the 5.6-liter engine.
2016 INFINITI Q70 Review
INFINITI's flagship sedan, the Q70 upholds the brand's reputation for sportiness while delivering enough traditional luxury cues to please the mainstream. While the focus is still on overall performance, there's no denying that the Q70 is one elegant, highly polished player.
Pricing and Equipment
The Q70 lineup is split into V6 and V8 models, both of which are available with all-wheel drive and an extended wheelbase. There's also a hybrid in the mix, which comes only in rear-drive, standard-wheelbase form.
- Your choices start with the rear-drive, V6-powered 3.7 at $49,850. Standard features include navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Bose sound system, and surround-view cameras.
- The extended-wheelbase 3.7L ($51,350) provides an extra 6 inches of rear legroom, which essentially transforms the Q70 into a full-size luxury sedan. Both the 3.7 and 3.7L can be equipped with all-wheel drive for $2,150 extra.
- The Hybrid lists for $55,900 and carries the same standard features as the 3.7.
- The V8-powered Q70 5.6 starts at $62,850, or $64,550 in L form. The 5.6 carries additional standard equipment, including ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an in-dash DVD player. As with the 3.7, all-wheel drive is optional with either wheelbase.
- All models are eligible for a $3,300 Technology package, which adds accident-avoidance features such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and front collision mitigation with automatic braking.
- You also have a choice of two trim packages: The Deluxe Touring package provides upgraded interior furnishings and Bose surround-sound for $3,900. The Sport package ($3,300, n/a on Hybrid) includes a sport-tuned suspension, beefier brakes, and specific trim throughout.
The base 3.7-liter V6 produces 330 horsepower, while the 5.6-liter V8 offers a rambunctious 420 horsepower (or 416 in long-wheelbase models). The Q70 Hybrid carries a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor that together achieve 350 horsepower. All three engine are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Performance highlights include:
- Steering/Handling: This is without question the Q70's strong suit. Few luxury cars of this size are so nimble and athletic.
- Transmission: The seven-speed automatic has been retuned this year for smoother shifts. Four different modes are available to tailor transmission performance to your driving needs.
- Fuel Efficiency: The Hybrid delivers 29 mpg around town and 34 mpg on the highway. These figures are truly impressive considering the hybrid setup is slightly more powerful than the gasoline V6.
- The Q70's relatively firm suspension can't deliver the isolated, magic-carpet ride of some large luxury sedans.
- The V8 makes its presence known when you hit the gas. The sounds aren't unpleasant, but competing V8s are quieter.
- There are plenty of high-quality materials on display throughout the cabin. The design is friendly and visually pleasing, almost artistic.
- Long-wheelbase models carry larger rear doors and and abundance of knee room for a limo-like experience.
- In standard-wheelbase form, the Q70 can't measure up to full-size rivals inside, even though it weighs just as much as many of them.
- The rear compartment might be a bit too cozy. The high window sills and trunk lid limit visibility, especially for shorter passengers.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
In terms of comfort and quality, the Q70 is fully competitive with vaunted European sedans costing thousands more.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
While the Q70 is certainly attractive on the outside, it doesn't looks as prestigious (or expensive) as a sedan of its caliber should.
The Bottom Line
Brimming with character and performance, the Q70 represents a near-equal mix of luxury and sport.