Infiniti Q70 Review
The 2014 Infiniti Q70 ranks 7 out of 11 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.
Reviewers write that the 2014 Infiniti Q70 has a beautiful interior and sharper handling than many competitors, but they say it has a harsh ride for a luxury large car.
The Q70 has three available engines: a V6, a V8 and a V6 hybrid with an electric motor. Test drivers think the V6 has plenty of power for the class, though they note that the V8 delivers more impressive acceleration. They add that the V6 hybrid model is powerful and quick for a hybrid vehicle. All trims come with a seven-speed automatic transmission that some reviewers say is slow to downshift and spends too much time hunting for the right gear. The base V6-powered 2014 Q70 gets an EPA-estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway, which is poor for the class. The 2014 Q70 Hybrid gets 29/34, which is good for a luxury hybrid and much better than what luxury large cars with similar horsepower get. Test drivers enjoy piloting the agile Q70 through sharp turns, and they say it has a tight suspension and responsive, well-weighted steering. However, they note that it has a noticeably stiffer ride than its competitors.
Automotive writers appreciate the curvaceous, attractive styling of the Infiniti Q70’s interior, and agree that the Q70’s cabin materials are first-rate. As with most cars in this class, they say the 2014 Q70 has spacious front and rear seats. The Q70’s trunk size is mid-pack for the class. Critics write that the Infiniti Q70’s audio, climate and available navigation systems are easy to use because their controls are spread out between several buttons, not controlled by one knob as they are in competing luxury large cars. The Q70 has a long list of standard features, including leather upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone control, a USB port and a 7-inch display screen. Available features include a 16-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane departure warning.
- "Far from being a simple Audi or BMW knockoff, the Q70's unique combination of style, performance and technology makes for a truly enjoyable driving machine." -- AutoTrader
- "It's still likely to fly under the radar of most luxury car shoppers, but if you're looking for a premium-brand midsize sedan that's a little more athletic than the rest, the 2014 Q70 is worth investigating." -- Edmunds
- "The Infiniti Q70 offers up sharp handling and quick reflexes. If that's your preference, and you don't mind giving up some ride smoothness in return, then this big Infiniti's blend of performance, luxury and value tough to beat." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Infiniti's Q70 midsize sedan doesn't always get the consideration it deserves from luxury shoppers. That's a shame, as the Q70's mix of athletic handling, powerful engines, refined interior ambiance and comprehensive technology makes it an appealing option, especially for those who prioritize a sporty driving experience." -- Left Lane News
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers praise the Audi A6 because it has both a comfortable ride and athletic handling. The A6 is available in a supercharged V6 trim that critics agree is very powerful, and it gets better gas mileage than the V6-powered Q70. Critics also write that the A6 has one of the highest-quality and most beautiful interiors in the class.
Like the A6, automotive journalists note that the BMW 5-Series balances good ride quality with an athletic driving experience. Unlike the Q70, the 5-Series is available with a manual transmission and in addition, the diesel-powered 535d gets nearly the same fuel economy as the Q70 Hybrid.
Details: 2014 Infiniti Q70
The 2014 Infiniti Q70 seats five, has standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. Five trims are available: Q70 3.7, Q70 3.7 AWD, Q70 5.6, Q70 5.6 AWD and Q70 Hybrid. A 3.7-liter V6 engine comes with Q70 3.7 trims, a more powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine comes in the Q70 5.6 trims and the Q70 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor. A seven-speed automatic is standard in all trims. Infiniti changed the name of the M to the Q70 for 2014, and it was last redesigned in 2011. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.