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2016 Infiniti Q70 Review

The 2016 Infiniti Q70 features a strong engine lineup and a spacious interior. However, it sits near the bottom of our competitive luxury midsize car rankings because there are rivals with better engine choices and better standard technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain
  • Strong engine lineup
  • Limited cargo space
  • High operating costs

New for 2016

  • Premium Select Edition package
  • Updated exterior styling
  • Available driver assistance features




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Infiniti Q70 Overview

Is the 2016 Infiniti Q70 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Infiniti is just an OK used luxury midsize sedan. While the Q70 has a set of powerful engines, it suffers from inconsistent handling, outdated technology, and limited standard active safety offerings. In addition, the Q70’s operating costs are high even by luxury car standards.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 56 professional evaluations for this 2016 Infiniti Q70 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing expensive gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Infiniti Q70?

Our site has 83 listings for the 2016 Infiniti Q70, with an average price of about $31,000. Prices range from about $24,800 to roughly $38,500, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Infiniti Q70 Cost to Own?

The 2016 Infiniti Q70’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are estimated to be $34,890. That’s well above average for a luxury midsize car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q70?

The base price of a 2019 Infiniti Q70 is $50,300, which is much more than the average price of a 2016 Q70. There are few differences between the two models that would justify the higher cost.

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You can’t buy a new luxury midsize car that is comparable in price to an average 2016 Q70. However, you might want to consider the 2018 Kia Stinger, which is a luxury small car with an MSRP of $31,900. Since the Stinger is a hatchback, it has about 8 cubic feet more cargo space than the Q70. Although the Q70 has a more powerful base engine, the Stinger boasts dynamic handling and much better fuel economy. The Stinger also has a more modern infotainment system with tons of features.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti Q70 Is Best?

The 2016 Q70 is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model and includes the 2019 Infiniti Q70. The Infiniti M was rebadged as the Q70 for the 2014 model year. The Q70 received exterior and interior improvements for 2015. Since there were no major changes for 2016, you may want to consider the very similar 2015 Q70, which likely costs less.  

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Infiniti Q70?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 Q70 a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2016 Infiniti Q70 Recalls

As of this writing, the Infiniti Q70 has no recalls.

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Which Used Infiniti Q70 Model Is Right for Me?

The Q70 comes in standard- and long-wheelbase Q70L models. The Q70L adds an additional 5.6 inches of rear-seat legroom. Models are designated by the engine size – 3.7, 5.6, and Hybrid – and drivetrains, including rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The 3.7-liter V6 model with AWD offers the best combination of strong handling and fuel economy.

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What Does Infiniti's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Infiniti offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage.

Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Infiniti CPO vehicles also receive free maintenance for one year. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption coverage may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

Infiniti has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus and Audi are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the Q70?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2016 Infiniti Q70 a Top Safety Pick+. The Q70 received the highest rating of Good in all conducted crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Q70 five out of five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal and rollover crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard. Available safety features include forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and blind spot intervention.

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2016 Infiniti Q70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti Q70 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Q70 have similar interior dimensions, but the E-Class is available in multiple body styles, including coupe, sedan, and wagon. It boasts a stronger all-around engine lineup, including a fuel-efficient E 250 BlueTEC diesel and a heart-racing 577-horsepower V8. The E-Class also has more standard active safety features and lower five-year operating costs than the 2016 Q70. Overall, the Mercedes is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti Q70 or 2016 BMW 5 Series?

The 2016 BMW 5 Series has a range of potent engines and excellent fuel economy. The 5 Series also offers more standard technology features like HD Radio and smartphone integration. The BMW’s inline six-cylinder engine gets much better fuel economy than the Infiniti’s V6. The 5 Series also has a slightly higher reliability rating and five-year operating costs that are a little lower than the Q70’s.

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2016 Q70 Performance

How Does the 2016 Infiniti Q70 Drive?

The 2016 Q70 has four driving modes: Standard, Eco, Sport, and Snow. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in nonhybrid models. The Q70 is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to handling. Depending on the tires and suspension, the Q70’s handling ranges from agile to uninspiring. No matter the trim, the Q70 suffers from vague steering.

The 2016 Q70's base engine is a 330-horsepower V6. A 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 is available for more muscle. The Q70 also offers a hybrid model with a V6 and an electric motor that combine to produce 360 horsepower. A smooth-shifting, seven-speed automatic transmission comes standard with all engines.

Does the 2016 Infiniti Q70 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the V6 engine, the Q70 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. These numbers are a bit low compared to other V6-powered rivals. The V8 models get an estimated 16/24 mpg city/highway, which are on par with competing V8-powered sedans. The Q70 Hybrid gets an estimated 29/33 mpg city/highway. These estimates are about average for the class, and they equal some rival hybrids’ fuel economy ratings.

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2016 Q70 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Q70 Seat?

The Q70 seats five on leatherette upholstery, and there's plenty of space in both rows. The heated and power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and remain supportive even on long drives. The rear seats offer a good amount of room in the Q70, but they are more expansive in the Q70L, which has an additional 5.6 inches of rear legroom. That is the kind of rear-seat legroom normally reserved for super luxury cars. Leather upholstery and ventilated front seats are available. The Q70’s cabin is well-built with plenty of soft-touch materials, but its design feels dated compared with rivals.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Infiniti Q70?

The 2016 Q70 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard second-row seats and a middle-seat tether. The IIHS gave the LATCH system its lowest ranking of Poor because the anchors are set too deep in both seats. Attaching the rear passenger-side anchors requires a lot of force, and it is difficult to maneuver around the hardware in that seat. 

2016 Infiniti Q70 Features

Standard features in the 2016 Infiniti Q70 include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a moonroof. Available features include Bluetooth streaming audio, a 10- or 16-speaker Bose audio system, voice recognition, and navigation with an 8-inch touch screen. The infotainment system is user-friendly, but it lacks the newest features that are available in class rivals.

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2016 Infiniti Q70 Dimensions

Infiniti Q70 Cargo Space

Both the 2016 Q70 and Q70L have 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for the class. The Q70 Hybrid has 11.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class.

2016 Q70 Length and Weight

The standard 2016 Q70 is 16.3 feet long, while the long-wheelbase Q70L is 16.8 cubic feet long. The curb weight ranges from 3,867 to 4,345 pounds, and the gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,993 to 5,423 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Infiniti Q70 Built?

Infiniti manufactured the 2016 Q70 in Japan.

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