Infiniti Q70 Review
The 2015 Infiniti Q70 ranks 4 out of 8 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Infiniti Q70, as well as reliability and safety data.
Test drivers like the 2015 Infiniti Q70's sporty driving dynamics and luxurious cabin, but they think it faces some tough competition from more up-to-date rivals.
The 2015 Q70 has a standard V6 engine that most test drivers say has plenty of power. A V8 engine is available, and many critics prefer the Q70 with this engine for its stronger acceleration. The Q70 Hybrid has a V6 engine and electric motor, and this model also has ample power, reviewers say. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. The base Q70 gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is slightly low among V6-powered rivals. The majority of critics find that the Infiniti Q70 is one of the more nimble cars in the class. Some think it has a good balance of ride comfort and sporty handling, though others caution that the Q70 may not be an ideal car if you're looking for something that prioritizes ride comfort above all else.
The 2015 Infiniti Q70 has a stylish cabin made with soft-touch materials, according to most reviewers. Still, some think that the Q70 doesn't feel as modern as some rivals, many of which have sleeker dashboards with more up-to-date tech features. The Q70's front seats are supportive and there is plenty of rear-seat space. The new-for-2015 long-wheelbase Q70L doesn't have any additional entertainment features or climate controls in the back seat, which some reviewers say makes it feel less opulent than rivals. The Q70 and Q70 Hybrid both offer less trunk space than rivals do. Standard features include a USB port, a rearview camera, proximity key and Bluetooth phone compatibility. Major options include Bluetooth audio streaming, a 10- or 16-speaker Bose audio system, Infiniti's Around View 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and navigation. Although some critics think the Q70's tech features are out of date, most agree that the navigation and audio controls are easy to use.
- "Name changes aside, the Q70 is one imposing luxury sport sedan. Far from being just an Audi or BMW knockoff, the Q70's unique combination of style, performance and technology makes for a truly enjoyable driving machine." -- AutoTrader
- "With the Q70, Infiniti has demonstrated a willingness to take action on past criticisms and make improvements. While it's unlikely that Infiniti's mid-lux sedan will unseat the leaders in the segment, in the new long-wheelbase Q70L form, it certainly out-legrooms them all." -- Car and Driver
- "Offering more style than substance, most buyers will probably gloss over the Q70 for vehicles like the Mercedes E-Class and Cadillac CTS. And the outlook isn't much better for the Q70L. In addition to having an extremely limited target market (the long-wheelbase, mid-level luxury sedan market isn't exactly booming in the United States), the Q70L's value proposition falls short when you compare it to the more lavishly equipped Equus and K900." -- Left Lane News
- "Competition is stiff from the likes of the Lexus GS and Acura RLX but the Infiniti Q70 looks to carve out a different path in the midsize luxury-sedan segment. Posh interior appointments as standard equipment and more horsepower than the aforementioned rivals help the Q70 stand out in a crowded segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available with a range of powertrains, including a diesel engine which helps it return better fuel economy than the Q70 Hybrid, as well as a model with a hybrid powertrain. Test drivers delight in the E-Class' luxurious cabin, and most agree that it has controlled handling and a comfortable ride.
The Hyundai Equus has a standard V8 engine and is similarly priced to a V8-powered Q70L. Test drivers say that the Equus' rear seats are incredibly luxurious, as they recline and offer an abundance of legroom.
Details: 2015 Infiniti Q70
The 2015 Infiniti Q70 seats five and comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V6 engine. A 5.6-liter V8 is available, as is all-wheel drive. The Q70 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. V8-equipped models have more standard features than V6 models, but otherwise features are added through equipment packages rather than trim levels. A long-wheelbase variant, the Q70L, is new for 2015. The Q70 was previously named the Infiniti M, and it has been largely unchanged since the 2011 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2015 model years.