1995 INFINITI Q45

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$52,400

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1995 INFINITI Q45

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    $52,400

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1995 INFINITI Q45 review: Our expert's take

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Moving from the miniaturized Q45 to its Big Brother, which also is on that 100 percent tariff hit list, you might want to check out one of the better “driver’s machines “or “road machines.”

The lengthy equipment list and hefty window sticker have it posing as a luxury sedan, however.

We tested the 1995 Q45A, the A being the key to what makes this car special-full active suspension. That means when you hit a bump, the suspension automatically pushes downward with a computer-controlled hyrdaulic pump. The intent-and it works-is to provide a smooth, level ride.

The Q45A also is equipped with a limited slip differential that sends power to the wheel with the most traction when another one passes over ice or snow.

And then there’s traction control, which supplements the limited slip differential by automatically engaging when both rear tires are slipping. If one tire is slipping, the limited slip goes to work. If sensors detect both wheels slipping, the anti-lock braking system intermittently applies brakes to the right and left wheels to prevent slipping and loss of control while engine speed is reduced until it’s in harmony with the available tire traction.

This means the Q45A is an all-season, all-weather, all-climate rear-wheel-drive sedan. And to further ensure you don’t get bounced around, there’s fully independent four-wheel suspension so that when one wheel experiences shock, the other three-and the folks in the cabin-don’t.

It’s comfortable, quiet and, with a 4.5-liter, 278-h.p., 32-valve, V-8, certainly peppy, though the 15 m.p.g. city/21 m.p.g. highway rating proves energy comes at the expense of economy.

But, as we said, if the Clinton administration imposes punitive tariffs on Japanese luxury cars, you may have to hold a winning lottery ticket to be able to afford one. There may be a run on the machines before the tariff deadline to avoid an increase.

The Q45A we tested starts at $59,350. All you need add is $450 for freight.

For that sum you get dual air bags, all-season tires, tinted glass, power tilt and slide sunroof, heated remote outside mirrors, color-keyed splash guards, carpeted trunk, power front heated seats with driver memory (get in and turn the ignition key and the seat and steering column motor into your desired position).

There’s also center console cupholders, illuminated entry system, air conditioning, Bose AM/FM stereo with cassette and integrated compact disc player with the changer in the trunk (which gets finicky in damp weather), power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power windows/locks, cruise control, cellular phone wiring, speed-sensitive power steering and keyless remote entry to name the major items.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Q45t is super comfy, drives great, Bose system A+

After Infiniti stopped making the Q45, I brought my Q45t (touring edition) in to a dealer for service. While I was waiting, I went into the showroom to see what they had. I checked out a couple of models -- they were good but didn't seem like anything special. When I told the salesman I owned a Q45t he kind of sighed and sadly said, "Yeah, that WAS Infiniti. Some heads-ups: 1) It's rear-wheel drive, so in snow or ice, especially on significant hills, it won't handle like an AWD. If you're not in a hilly area and know how to drive in these conditions, you should be fine. 2) The turning radius could be better. Finally, the Bose sound system is spectacular...and I still love the analog clock.

4.7

Powerful luxury sedan

This was a car, that was first designed in 1989 and sold until 1996, and in Japan is called the Nissan President. This car in the early 90's was $50,000+ dollars, which when compared today would be $75,000 in today's money. In many ways, as an early 90's car, it still had attributes that we find now in cars in the 21st Century. For example: it had variable valve timing, and the VH45DE engine, was rated at 278 HP, but in reality made closer to 330 with VVT. It had every luxuy imaginable and a used car, it was not bought by a person that could barely afford an oil change, and thus, the people who bought these cars new, could easily afford to maintain them, making it a very good luxury car. The car starts off in 2nd gear, not first gear, so off the line, the acceleration feels soft, but once the car is underway, the V8 really can be felt once you're above 3,000 rpm. This car has long legs and is meant to be an executive style long distance highway crusing machine. With the strut tower brace (previously sold by Stillen), you can really get good handling out of this car in the corners and it's handing is far superior to a similar size 4,200 lb car, such as a Ford Crown Victoria or a Buick Park Avenue, or 1996 Chevy Caprice B-body. It turns in faster, handles corners very flat and is just a very sure footed car. I wish the rear differential was a higher gearing, but it's geared for fuel economy, as it only had 4 forward gears and now, 5 to 6 is more common. So off the line, it feels sluggish, especially with automatic traction control. This car competed with the Lexus of its day, back when Lexus just became separated from Toyota and made entry into Luxury car market. Because it sold so much more poorly than the Lexus, the same age car, compared apples to apples is much less expensive than a Lexus of the same time period. The later 1997-2001 car reduced engine size to 4.1 liter and had conventional front struts and softer and more asssisted power steering. I like the first generation (1989-1996) much better, as it is truly a sport sedan. Any time you can move a 4,200 lb car to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds with an automatic transmission, that's a fast car! You will like it if you are looking for a sport sedan with large size and rear wheel drive. I know I did.

5.0

Love The Car But The Gas Kills ME

Your Going Love The Car But The Gas Will KILL You since I fill it up daily. I put 210k within the last 15 years

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by INFINITI
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Months from In-Service Date (ISD): Less than or equal to 60 months from ISD | Vehicle Mileage: Less than or equal to 15,000 Miles | Greater than 15,000 Miles but less than or equal to 60K miles
Basic warranty terms
6 years/75K miles from original ISD | 6 years/unlimited miles from original ISD
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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