In the world of mid-size luxury sedans that are rapidly changing to keep up with SUVs and crossovers, the 2019 INFINITI Q70 may come off as a dinosaur. While that may turn some consumers away, others may find the sedan’s lack of change comforting. With only mild changes since getting a new name back in 2014, the Q70 is an old-school car in a rapidly changing segment.

Best Value

Against more modern rivals, the entry-level Q70 Luxe’s standard features may not seem that upscale or luxurious. But INFINITI offers numerous packages that helps raise the bar. And when it comes to performance, the Q70 Luxe offers more than enough oomph, especially when comparing the vehicle to rivals. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and the option we’d go with, while all-wheel drive is an extra $2,150.

Standard features on the Luxe trim include automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats, a heated steering wheel, climate-controlled front seats, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, an right-inch display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, navigation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Here’s how we’d spec a Q70:

  • Model:2019 INFINITI Q70 3.7 Luxe
  • Engine:3.7-liter V6
  • Output:330 hp / 270 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Seven-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy:18 City / 25 Hwy
  • Options:ProActive Package ($3,300, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with full-speed range, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, backup collision intervention, distance control assist, adaptive front lighting with auto-leveling headlights, active trace control, front pre-crash seat belts, an eco pedal)
  • Base Price:$51,295 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$54,595

Performance

Q70

The Q70 may be old, but that hasn't stopped the vehicle from being a good performer. While plumper than other mid-size sedans, the Q70 makes up for it with potent engines. The standard 3.3-liter V6 produces 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, which should be enough for the majority of drivers. Those seeking more performance can opt for a 420-hp 5.6-liter V8. That motor, though, comes at a cost, as prices for the 5.6 Luxe start at $64,345.

While other automakers are moving toward hybrids and plug-in hybrids, INFINITI has pulled the plug on the Q70 hybrid. With the lack of a hybrid option, the Q70 isn't exactly fuel efficient. Other mid-size vehicles have smaller, turbocharged engines, but the Q70, with its large, naturally-aspirated engines, still carries on with its old-school motors.

Style

Is the Q70 old? Yes, but that doesn't mean it's ugly. In fact, the mid-size sedan has muscular, swooping cues that go against the grain for more modern options that have angular, sharper edges. With its curvy design, the Q70 stands out, even if it hasn't been changed in roughly five years.

It's a similar story on the inside, where the Q70's design is dated, but still handsome. The sweeping dashboard, expansive center stack, and lengthy transmission tunnel all have luxurious designs, while the gauges feature a sportier touch. The use of real wood and brushed metal trim also help the Q7 with its bona fide luxury credentials.

The Best and Worst Things

INFINITI Q70

In typical luxury car fashion, the Q70's best qualities can be found on the inside. Despite being one of the older options on the market, the Q70 still has a plush, quiet cabin. Some drivers will also enjoy the curvy design.

With large, naturally aspirated engines, fuel economy isn't stellar. The discontinuation of the Q70 hybrid also limits the amount of options consumers have and puts the sedan behind the times.

Right For? Wrong For?

Consumers seeking a large sedan with plenty of style and luxury will enjoy the Q70. With its available V8 engine, the Q70 will also appeal to those that want some grunt with their luxury.

Want the latest and most high-tech features? You might have to look somewhere else. While the Q70 isn't that far behind the times when it comes to tech features, it's behind competitors that now offer enough tech in their mid-size luxury sedans to require degrees to operate. In terms of luxury, the Q70 can't hold a candle to other sedans either.

The Bottom Line

While noticeably older than competitors, and lacking the latest technology features or upscale luxury features that are found on other sedans, the 2019 INFINITI Q70 is still a good alternative to more mainstream options.