2016 INFINITI Q70

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Key Specs

of the 2016 INFINITI Q70. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    5 Seats
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • User-friendly navigation system
  • V-8 performance
  • Luxurious interior
  • Backseat legroom (Q70L)

The Bad

  • Dated instrument cluster
  • Short backseat cushions
  • Few cabin storage areas

Notable Features of the 2016 INFINITI Q70

  • New Premium Select Edition Package
  • V-6, V-8 or hybrid drivetrain
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Long-wheelbase Q70L model available
  • Seven-speed automatic standard

2016 INFINITI Q70 Road Test

Aaron Bragman

The verdict: A powerful V-8 engine can’t make up for the awkward handling, strange ergonomics and dated electronics of the 2016 Infiniti Q70.

Versus the competition: There are plenty of better $70,000 cars that feature up-to-date multimedia systems and displays, top-notch handling, powerful engines and luxurious interiors.

Big, rear-wheel-drive luxury cars are the aspirational rides of choice for millions of people around the world. They’re the technology showcases for luxury brands, featuring dazzling electronics, remarkable powertrains and styling meant to epitomize their brand’s themes and execution. Infiniti’s top sedan is the Q70, a rear- or all-wheel-drive sedan featuring a V-6, V-8 or hybrid powertrain. It’s available as a long-wheelbase model, as well.

The Q70 had its last major redesign in 2010, back when it was still called the M. A minor refresh for the 2015 model year brought slightly updated styling but carried over the powertrain (see the changes from 2015 to 2016 here). Despite that refresh not two years ago, the Q70 has some challenges. Many competing vehicles have undergone major redos, including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Lexus GS, and others are entirely new, like the Cadillac CT6. Can the Q70 keep Infiniti in the fight for premium buyers?
Exterior & Styling
The styling of the Q70 has never been a problem. It’s sleek, muscular and employs the classic “Coke-bottle” shape that has adorned performance car...

The verdict: A powerful V-8 engine can’t make up for the awkward handling, strange ergonomics and dated electronics of the 2016 Infiniti Q70.

Versus the competition: There are plenty of better $70,000 cars that feature up-to-date multimedia systems and displays, top-notch handling, powerful engines and luxurious interiors.

Big, rear-wheel-drive luxury cars are the aspirational rides of choice for millions of people around the world. They’re the technology showcases for luxury brands, featuring dazzling electronics, remarkable powertrains and styling meant to epitomize their brand’s themes and execution. Infiniti’s top sedan is the Q70, a rear- or all-wheel-drive sedan featuring a V-6, V-8 or hybrid powertrain. It’s available as a long-wheelbase model, as well.

The Q70 had its last major redesign in 2010, back when it was still called the M. A minor refresh for the 2015 model year brought slightly updated styling but carried over the powertrain (see the changes from 2015 to 2016 here). Despite that refresh not two years ago, the Q70 has some challenges. Many competing vehicles have undergone major redos, including the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Lexus GS, and others are entirely new, like the Cadillac CT6. Can the Q70 keep Infiniti in the fight for premium buyers?
Exterior & Styling
The styling of the Q70 has never been a problem. It’s sleek, muscular and employs the classic “Coke-bottle” shape that has adorned performance cars for decades. It’s a good look, lending the Q70 a swoopy shape that hides the car’s size. But it has one unusual issue: The gaps between the top of the tires and the bottom of the fender arches are comically wide. I could fit my entire fist between the big, optional 20-inch rear tires and the fender without touching either one, lending the car a strange, lifted look that may be an unfortunate side effect of its all-wheel-drive powertrain.

A longer version is also available in the Q70L, with an extended wheelbase that creates more rear seat room, but my test car was a normal-wheelbase Premium Select Edition featuring dark chrome exterior trim, dark bumpers, a deck-lid spoiler and special wheels. The look is svelte and appealing, and aside from the aforementioned odd wheel wells, it would stand up nicely against more modern designs like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CT6 and Lexus GS.
How It Drives
Under the shapely hood of my test car was a beast of an engine: Infiniti’s 5.6-liter V-8. It’s the optional motor; a 3.7-liter V-6 comes standard. The big V-8 makes a naturally aspirated 420 horsepower, which translates into plenty of thrust and an impressive, throaty burble. It doesn’t sound as brash as some of the American V-8 sedans, or as mechanically sonorous as those from German luxury brands, but it provides plenty of smooth power, especially when combined with the seven-speed automatic transmission. The Q70 sits on a rear-wheel-drive platform, and my test model featured optional all-wheel drive.

That all-wheel drive is primarily for traction in inclement conditions; it’s not for improved handling, as the Q70’s ride and handling are a bit of a mess. The steering and suspension are frenetic and felt poorly matched to my test car's massive 20-inch wheels. Broken pavement sends the steering wheel into jerky fits in the driver’s hands, and it can even cause the car to lose its tracking as the stiff sport suspension sends plenty of vibration and harsh reaction into the cabin. At 70 mph, the passenger seat vibrates and quivers if nobody is in it. Steering feel and feedback aren’t bad, but there’s no impetus to drive this car in an aggressive, sporty manner given the suspension's unsettled nature.

That’s a shame, because there are several things about the Q70 that are, independently, quite good. The four-piston front and two-piston rear brakes included with the Premium Select Edition option package are strong, and the powertrain is impressive, but the rest of the platform feels as if it’s been wound too tight. The Cadillac CT6, by contrast, is a paragon of effortless motoring; it’s smooth and well-damped, with chassis sophistication that surpasses the Q70’s. The exact same thing can be said of BMW’s excellent 550i xDrive sedan. Even the new Genesis G80 feels better-executed than the Q70.

While the power from the 5.6-liter V-8 is nice, the fuel economy penalty you’ll pay for it is not. The Q70 V-8 is EPA-rated at 16/23/18 mpg city/highway/combined with all-wheel drive. My week of driving netted only about 16 mpg overall. The V-6 is more efficient, rated 18/24/20 mpg with all-wheel drive. Rear-drive versions are better in both cases: 18/26/21 mpg with the V-6 and 16/24/19 mpg with the V-8.

If fuel economy is important to you, the Q70 can be had as a hybrid, as well, which is rated a much more impressive 29/34/31 mpg. Competitors like the BMW 550i xDrive aren’t much more efficient, garnering a 16/25/19 mpg rating, but other competitors have eschewed big V-8 engines in exchange for smaller, turbocharged ones. The all-wheel-drive Cadillac CT6 is a good example of this: Its top engine is a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It makes almost as much power as the Infiniti V-8 but is rated 18/26/21 mpg. The Genesis G80 has V-8 power but not with all-wheel drive. It’s rated slightly worse: 15/23/18 mpg.
Interior
The Infiniti Q70's cabin presents new issues. The seating position is unusually high, making it easy to get into but requiring an unexpected step down when getting out. Visibility is good, and the sculpted hood is fun to peer over (it’s always fun when the exterior styling is viewable from the interior). But it can’t be denied that, overall, the interior feels old and less than competitive.

Seat comfort is decent, especially in the back, and leather quality is acceptable. But the Q70’s faux aluminum trim doesn’t match up well from the dash to the doors, and the quality of the plastic feels no better than the best Nissans; it’s certainly not worth a premium price.
Ergonomics & Electronics
A big part of the problem with the interior involves its out-of-date electronic displays — from the central gauge cluster’s monochrome LCD to a menu-based multimedia system that looks nearly a decade out of date, lacking the resolution of today’s best systems. It all just makes the Q70 feel old. The resolution issue with the central screen is a big one because it makes the backup camera’s clarity terrible. It looks as if someone has smeared Vaseline over the camera lens.

The Q70’s button layout is also confusing, with seemingly little logic to the scattering of functions. It requires more attention while driving than it should. There was even a panel of switches located low on the dash, by my left knee, which were hard to operate while in motion. Simply put, the Q70’s interior ergonomics need a complete rethinking.
Cargo & Storage
Luggage space in the trunk is average, rated at 14.9 cubic feet of space — plenty of room for a few large suitcases. The Cadillac CT6 and Genesis G80 are a little bit larger, at 15.3 cubic feet, and the BMW 550i (which at least has a 60/40-split folding backseat) is a bit smaller, at 14.0 cubic feet. The Q70’s backseat is a bench that doesn't fold down but does offer an opening through the center armrest for longer items, like skis or things from the hardware store.
Safety
The 2016 Infiniti Q70 received top scores in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests and a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You can see how the V-6 model scored in all the various crash tests here.

Despite the Q70’s out-of-date interior electronics, there is a full complement of modern safety equipment available: blind spot warning with steering intervention, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, backup collision intervention with automatic braking, lane departure warning and prevention, parking sensors, 360-degree cameras with moving object detection, and more. See a full list of the Q70’s safety equipment here.
Value in Its Class
The Infiniti Q70 starts at $50,775 (including destination fee) for a base, rear-wheel-drive Q70 3.7. The all-wheel-drive version runs $52,905. Upgrade to a rear-wheel-drive Q70 5.6 and it’ll cost you $63,755, while the all-wheel-drive Q70 5.6 I tested starts at $66,255.

My car included a Premium Select Edition Package for $3,300, bringing my as-tested total to $69,555. You can certainly go higher. Add the Technology Package, which includes all those electronic safety goodies, and you’re also required to add either the Sport Package or Deluxe Touring Package, as well — but you can’t have it with the Premium Select Edition Package. Tick all the boxes, and you can max out a standard-wheelbase Q70 at just under $75,000. The longer-wheelbase Q70L model isn’t much more expensive, maxing out at just a little more than $76,000.

Competitors have passed the Infiniti Q70 in styling, efficiency, onboard technological sophistication and more. The Cadillac CT6 offers big interior space, stylish surroundings, cutting-edge technology and a choice of powertrains. Its fully loaded price comes in nearly $10,000 more than a top Q70L, but lesser versions — that still have plenty of equipment and the powerful twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine — can be had for a comparable price.

The 2017 Genesis G80 is perhaps best known by the name it was called last year: the Hyundai Genesis. Part of a new luxury brand from Hyundai, it’s got a smooth, comfortable, rear-wheel-drive chassis and a choice of V-6 or V-8 power, as well. Like Infiniti, though, it’s not generally considered a top-tier luxury brand.

The BMW 550i xDrive is more bona fide, and its twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 beats out even the Infiniti’s engine for horsepower and refinement. Combined with all-wheel drive it’s more expensive than the Q70 when comparable options are added, but its sophistication, chassis dynamics and superior multimedia technology give it an edge. Compare all four competitors here.

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 INFINITI Q70 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 INFINITI Q70 3.7

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by INFINITI

Program Benefits

Free Carfax report and 3 Year CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, first year basic maintenance, SiriusXM 3-Month trial, Infiniti Elite Extended Protection Plan available, 24-hour roadside assistance, lockout assistance, repair at authorized Infiniti dealerships or facilities and Infiniti courtesy vehicle.

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / Unlimited mileage warranty

    Vehicles < 15K miles: 6 Yr./75K mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles: 6 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles and outside new vehicle warranty: 2 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from CPO sale date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point vehicle inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q70 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker