Since making the name change from M in 2014, the INFINITI Q70 has undergone only mild changes here and there. This leaves the 2018 INFINITI Q70 a bit dated to some, but others may see its aging, swoopy body as a refreshing alternative to the BMW and Mercedes sedans of the luxury-car world.

Best Value

The 2018 INFINITI Q70’s features in its base Luxe trim may not seem too generous on paper, but there's a bit more lurking behind the curtain. When you head to the dealership, you’re greeted by the ol’ wait-there’s-more approach, as INFINITI tosses in the Essential Package absolutely free. This adds more desirable goodies like leather seating with cooled front seats, a surround-view camera, a Bose audio system, navigation, parking sensors, and a heated steering wheel.

  • Model: 2018 INFINITI Q70 3.7 Luxe
  • Engine: 3.7-liter V6
  • Output: 330 hp / 270 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options: Essential Package ($0, leather-appointed seating, Bose 10-speaker audio system, heated steering wheel, navigation, surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors)
  • Base Price:$51,295 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$51,295

Performance

INFINITI Q70

INFINITI has long been steeped in performance, even the larger Q70. Sure, this sedan is a bit fatter in the corners than the Q50, but it’s still plenty agile for its class. If you can afford the extra cost, the 5.6-liter V8 with its 420 horsepower and deep growl are incredible.

Fuel economy was definitely a second thought when designing the Q70, as its V6 is poor at just 25 miles per gallon highway, and the V8 is a full mpg below that. Yes, you can opt for the Q70 Hybrid and its 33 mpg highway, but this electrified INFINITI’s powertrain is unrefined at best.

Style

The INFINITI Q70 hasn’t changed much since 2014, despite other INFINITI models around it getting updates, but its swoopy looks are a still unique compared to its German rivals. The styling continues inside, as it boasts curviness not generally found in its competitors.

Though its classic styling makes it unique, some buyers may find the curvy styling a bit tired, and rightfully so.

The Best and Worst Things

The INFINITI Q70’s best feature is its cabin, as its front and rear seats are beautifully appointed and comfortable. It’s also surprisingly quiet and equipped with all the luxury staples buyers expect.

While its powertrains are strong, the INFINITI Q70 is behind the times with its naturally aspirated V6 and V8 engines. With other luxury brands adding potent four-cylinder engines with significantly better fuel economy and more advanced hybrid powertrains, the Q70 simply can't hang.

Right For? Wrong For?

INFINITI Q70

The INFINITI Q70 is the perfect car for later-phase professionals who just need a comfy ride without too many gadgets and doodads to mess with. Plus, those who want a little more punch can go with the V8.

The Q70 is not the right car for young professionals looking for the latest and greatest in the luxury-car world, as its tech features are dated and its styling is getting long in the tooth.

The Bottom Line

Despite looking older than it actually is, the 2018 INFINITI Q70 is still a good luxury alternative to German metal. Its sleek lines, curvey cabin, and peaceful ride are all perfect for the demographic INFINITI is aiming for.