2015 Infiniti Q40 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Infiniti Q40 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.4

According to automotive journalists, the 2015 Infiniti Q40 offers a very entertaining driving experience thanks to its athletic handling and powerful V6 engine.

  • "We'll flat out say it: The Q40 is still one of our favorite performance sedans. In its most basic form, the 2015 Infiniti Q40 delivers exhilarating acceleration with razor-sharp handling." -- AutoTrader
  • "With sporty handling and a strong V6 engine, the Q40 is certainly fun to drive." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite its age, the 2015 Infiniti Q40 is still a pleasurable car to drive." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Infiniti Q40 comes with a 328-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, it gets up to 19/27 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive, which is decent for a six-cylinder upscale midsize car. However, competitors like the V6-powered Acura TLX get better fuel economy.

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Q40’s V6 engine is very strong for the class and provides impressive acceleration. However, several also note that it sounds rough when you rev it to higher rpms.

  • "The 3.7-liter V6 in the 2015 Q40 sedan is strong and provides quick acceleration. While we're not fans of the coarse noise the engine makes at higher engine speeds, it has more than enough power to put a smile on your face." -- Edmunds
  • "Though it sounds slightly strained at higher revs, the 3.7-liter V6 is a powerhouse by class standards, churning out 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. That's significantly more motor than what rivals offer." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 3.7-liter V6 engine feels strong, especially at mid-to-high revs." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Infiniti Q40 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. Reviewers agree that the Q40 has very sharp handling, and they say its ride is firm, but comfortable, on bumpy roads. The Q40 also earns praise for its strong brakes.

  • "The steering feels spot-on, the brakes are strong, and the suspension provides a compromise between ride and handling that's satisfying even with a lack of switchable modes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Q40's rear-drive layout is preferred by driving enthusiasts over the front-drive sedans from Acura and Audi, and its taut suspension delivers superb handling." -- AutoTrader
  • "… the Q40 attacks turns with aggression and precision. It remains poised and compliant when driven over less than perfect pavement, but newer rivals will feel a bit less firm." -- Edmunds
  • "The Q40's chassis remains highly athletic as well, offering sharp responses and a forgiving ride." -- Left Lane News

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