2016 Infiniti Q70

Pros: Impressively finished interior; brisk acceleration; Hybrid has great balance of performance and economy; athletic handling; excellent rear-seat legroom in Q70L model

Cons: Stop/start feature is rather clunky; ride is a bit stiffer than many premium-class cars; Hybrid’s trunk space compromised by battery pack; few standalone options—some desirable features come only in expensive packages

CG Says: The 2016 Infiniti Q70 is unchanged except for the addition of a new Premium Select Edition appearance package available on standard-length, non-hybrid Q70s. The Q70 is way outsold by most every class rival, perhaps for lacking the brand cachet of German competitors and striking a somewhat different ride/handling balance than they do. Even so, these Infinitis easily match most any alternative for acceleration, mechanical refinement, roominess, interior quality, and–especially in Sport Package guise–overall driving satisfaction. They deserve serious consideration, especially by those who don’t like following the herd. Likewise for the extended-length Q70L; for many shoppers, the significant increase in rear-seat room is worth the additional $1500-$1700 tariff.

The Q70 Hybrid (which is not available in extended-length form) is billed as a “performance hybrid,” an incongruous term that nevertheless fits. Though too large, heavy, and powerful to achieve Toyota Prius-level mpg, this dual-power premium-midsize car is potentially greener and more fuel-efficient than the equivalent non-hybrid Q70, depending on how it’s driven. Yet it also offers a similarly sporty driving experience and slightly better acceleration, plus the same low noise levels, luxury trappings, and exemplary control scheme. The main compromises are the puny trunk space, a ride that’s still a bit brittle for the class, and a price premium you won’t recoup in fuel savings for decades–if then. Still, the Q70 Hybrid is a worthy choice in the growing “luxo-eco” field, with a winning personality all its own.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Infiniti
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Q70 3.7: $49,850
AWD Q70 3.7: $52,000
Q70 5.6: $62,850
AWD Q70 5.6: $65,350
Q70 Hybrid: $55,900
Q70L 3.7: $51,350
AWD Q70L 3.7: $53,500
Q70L 5.6: $64,550
AWD Q70L 5.6: $67,050

Base Engine
3.7-liter V6
Horsepower
330
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-26

Optional Engine
5.6-liter V8
Horsepower
420
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatc
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
360
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

2015 Infiniti Q70L
2016 Infiniti Q70L
2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid
2016 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid