Overall: Infiniti’s underrated big sedan stays the course for 2016 following a major refresh for 2015.
Drivetrain: Base 3.7-liter V6 and optional 5.6-liter V8; for the hybrid, a 3.5-liter V6 works with an electric motor to produce a net 360 horsepower; seven-speed automatic transmissions are integral to all powerplants; all-wheel-drive available except non-hybrid models.
Yes, it has sensuous sheetmetal. Yes, it’s big. And, yes, it’s a premium ride. So, why has the Infiniti Q70 sedan had such a challenging time gaining traction in a full-size luxury-car world? Because competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and other fancy sedans in the $50,000-$70,000 price range are also very good and have loyal followings. Part of the effort to attain greater recognition was the addition of the Q70L that launched for 2015. That model had been stretched significantly over the regular Q70, resulting in a 5.9-inch gain in rear legroom. Nothing says “luxury” more than a limo, right? Base Q70s comes with a 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, while a 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 is optional. Available with both powerplants is an all-wheel-drive system that sends up to half the available torque to the front wheels in slippery conditions. A gasoline-electric Q70 Hybrid is exclusive to regular-wheelbase models. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 plus a 67-horsepower electric motor to produce a combined 360 horsepower. The rear-wheel-drive Hybrid can operate at speeds up to 62 mph and travel for up to 1.5 miles before the V6 pitches in. It also achieves 29 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, compared with 18/26 for the Q70 3.7 and 16/24 for the Q70 5.6. All three power teams employ seven-speed automatic transmissions. A healthy dose of standard equipment includes a power moonroof, power folding and heated outside mirrors, self-leveling headlamps and rain-sensing wipers. Interior highlights include 10-way power heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless push-button start and a rearview monitor. A Sport Package option comes with an active steering system where the rear wheels are steered in phase with the fronts at nearly all speeds. Optional safety features include forward-sensing emergency braking and backup collision intervention.