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2016 Infiniti Q70 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Infiniti Q70 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.0

The 2016 Q70 gives you a choice of three powertrains: You can opt for the fuel-efficient hybrid, the powerful V8, or stick with the standard V6, which offers adequate power. There are four driving modes to choose from that let you match the Q70's performance to road conditions or your preferred driving style.

The Q70 draws mixed reviews about its ride and handling, with some critics thinking that it’s a smooth-riding car with adept handling, and others saying that it's more of a rough-riding blunderbuss with numb steering.

  • "In regards to both power and handling, the Q70 comes up short." -- Edmunds
  • "The Q70 is a marvelous driving machine, striking the right balance between a comfortable ride and adept handling." -- AutoTrader
  • "Infiniti left the Q70's powertrains alone for 2015 … focusing instead on making improvements to the sedan's throttle response, steering and suspension. But even with those enhancements, the Q70 still needs some polishing." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Q70's base engine is a 3.7-liter V6 that puts out 330 horsepower. It generates a decent amount of power, though it can't match the enthusiasm of competing turbo- or supercharged engines. With the V6 engine, the Q70 gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, which is a bit low compared to other V6-powered rivals.

If you want a more powerful engine, a 5.6-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower is available. It delivers strong acceleration, but that power comes with slightly worse fuel economy. V8 models get an estimated 16 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, which is on par with competing V8-powered sedans.

The Q70 also offers a hybrid model with a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor that combine to produce 360 horsepower. The Q70 Hybrid gets an estimated 29/34 mpg, which is average for the class and equals some rival hybrids like the Lexus GS Hybrid, although it doesn't quite match the fuel economy of some diesel options, like the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec.

A smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission is standard with any engine. The Q70 also lets you select from four driving modes: Standard, Eco, Sport, and Snow. These allow you to alter the throttle sensitivity and transmission timing in order to maximize performance or fuel efficiency.

  • "Though it's hardly the most efficient powertrain, the Infiniti Q70's optional V8 can hustle you along back country roads and long stretches of highway comfortably. The standard 3.7-liter V6 is no slouch, either. … The 7-speed automatic transmission handles gear changes and works well with all three engine choices. Four driver-selectable modes - Standard, Eco, Sport and Snow - optimize the Infiniti's throttle sensitivity and transmission for the task at hand. But we don't like the optional Eco Pedal system. Working in conjunction with Eco mode, this system makes it harder to push on the pedal to accelerate, all in an effort to encourage efficiency." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most drivers will find the 3.7-liter V6's power adequate, though it doesn't give a rush of power like the turbocharged engines from competitors. Getting up to speed or passing slower traffic does require a solid stomp on the accelerator, which makes the engine sound strained and coarse. The more fuel-efficient Q70 Hybrid is also more powerful and strikes an appealing balance in the middle of the lineup. Not surprisingly, the V8-powered Q70 5.6 packs a stronger punch, but it lacks the satisfying pin-you-to-your-seat rush that you might expect from 420 hp." -- Edmunds
  • "We drove all three models. The V8-powered 2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6 is the one for power junkies, but we also found the V6 and hybrid models to be more than sufficient in acceleration and passing." -- AutoTrader

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Q70, and all-wheel drive is available on non-hybrid models. The Q70 is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to handling. Some test drivers think it provides agile handling and that models equipped with the stiffer sport suspension are even more agile. Others complain that the steering is vague and the handling is uninspiring.

Opinions are similarly split about ride quality. Some think the Q70 offers a smooth ride, though they note that the available 20-inch wheels detract from ride quality somewhat. Other critics argue that the ride is too firm and jostles you around, regardless of which suspension is equipped.

  • "The Q70 is a marvelous driving machine, striking the right balance between a comfortable ride and adept handling. The Sport Touring package's taut suspension and active rear steering push the Q70 into BMW territory. The 20-in wheels and tires and the firmer suspension, however, turn the Q70 into a car that enthusiasts will love. Luxury-oriented buyers will likely find it too harsh, though." -- AutoTrader
  • "In terms of ride comfort, the Q70 simply comes up short. The standard suspension is stiffer than its rivals and has a tendency to point out every flaw in the road. … the heavy yet vague steering feel and the vehicle's perceived weight don't encourage spirited driving. While the car responds well to driver commands, it doesn't inspire confidence on a winding road. When it comes to ride comfort and driver engagement, competing sedans represent better choices than the 2016 Infiniti Q70." -- Edmunds
  • "Models equipped with the sport suspension communicate more road feel, naturally, but at no point did the one we drove feel harsh, and it was always grippy and composed. On twistier sections of road, both long- and short-wheelbase models exhibited sure-footedness, and the well-weighted steering presented a modicum of feel." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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