2016 Q70 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti Q70 luxury sedan, the brand's top model, stands apart for its elegant bodywork and extensive standard equipment. It serves as a distinctive substitute for conservatively styled German-brand luxury sedans, particularly in extended-length Q70L form, and competes against long-wheelbase versions of the Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS.
The long-wheelbase Q70L joined the lineup for the 2015 model year. For 2016, a Premium Select option has been added, featuring a darkened lower rear section, dark chrome trim, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and unique 20-inch wheels.
Blending traditional and contemporary themes, the Q70 melds comfort with performance. By establishing its own course, the Infiniti Q70 rivals the other luxury sedans. It's an authentic original.
Three distinct powertrains are offered. The Q70 3.7 gets a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 330 horsepower. In the Q70 5.6, a 5.6-liter V8 generates 420 horsepower (416 hp in the Q70L). Both models are available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The Q70 Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery, for a combined rating of 350 horsepower. Only rear-wheel drive is offered.
Every Q70 uses a 7-speed automatic transmission that incorporates rev-matching downshifts and a manual-shifting mode. Paddle shifters are optional.
Performance is strong with the V6 engine and even more authoritative with the V8. However, the Hybrid model is short on finesse. Handling is accurate and responsive, without detracting from ride comfort.
Crash-test ratings are impressive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Q70 five stars overall, but four stars for frontal-impact and rollover. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety declares it a Top Safety Pick+, rated Good in each category. Frontal-crash testing is rated Superior if active-safety features are installed.
Available safety features include adaptive headlights, dynamic cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and a surround-view camera.
Formerly optional, the Premium package is standard on 2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6 models. The available Sport Package includes four-wheel steering, enhanced cooling, and 20-inch wheels. Infiniti's Technology Package provides an extensive suite of active-safety features, as well as an active Eco pedal, and Active Trace Control for selective braking of individual wheels.
The 2016 Infiniti Q70 is available in nine trim levels:
Q70 3.7 ($49,850) includes the V6 engine, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free phone, ash wood trim, six-speaker audio, rearview camera and a long list of premium features. Q70 3.7 AWD ($52,000) adds all-wheel drive. Q70L 3.7 ($51,350) is the extended-wheelbase version of Q70 3.7. Q70L 3.7 AWD ($53,500) adds all-wheel drive to extended-length V6 model.
Q70 5.6 ($62,850) gets the 420-horsepower V8 engine, along with leather upholstery, navigation, Bose 10-speaker audio, and an Around View monitor. Q70 5.6 AWD ($65,350) is all-wheel drive. Q70L 5.6 ($64,550) is the long-wheelbase version. Q70L 5.6 AWD ($67,050) adds all-wheel drive to extended-length V8 model.
Q70 Hybrid ($55,900) includes a 3.5-liter V6, electric motor, and lithium-ion battery. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.