KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 3/9/2014
Infiniti's biggest sedan is renamed the 2014 Infiniti Q70 this year, but that's about it for changes. Don't worry, since Infiniti's flagship sedan still delivers the premium luxury experience, high-end style, and first-rate performance it always has. Offering upscale features as standard equipment, the Infiniti Q70 has more standard horsepower than competitors like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS and Audi A6. Its performance-oriented character exchanges some ride quality for a dynamic driving experience, but the lineup features a midsize luxury sedan for nearly any shopper. The Q70 3.7 targets those looking for a luxury value, while the V8-powered 420-horsepower Q70 5.6 adds more oomph. There's also a fuel-efficient hybrid, and Infiniti offers performance-oriented all-wheel drive (AWD) for its non-hybrid Q70 models.
You'll Like This Car If...
The Infiniti Q70 offers up sharp handling and quick reflexes. If that's your preference, and you don't mind giving up some ride smoothness in return, then this big Infiniti's blend of performance, luxury and value tough to beat.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Despite its classy design and first-rate performance, the Infiniti Q70 doesn't have the kind of curbside cachet as rivals from BMW, Audi and Lexus. Additionally, that class-leading horsepower is great, but if you want class-leading fuel economy, you'll be shopping somewhere else.
What's New for 2014
For 2014, the Infiniti Q70 gets a new name, dropping its previous M moniker to bring it in line with the rest of Infiniti's new Q-based naming scheme. Rear-drive Sport models also get an oil cooler and revised spring and shock settings, but that's it for changes.
The 2014 Infiniti Q70 is a blast on the road. The standard V6 engine pulls strongly, the optional V8 is better, and the hybrid threatens to abolish once and for all the cliche that electrically assisted driving slows things down. There's an impressive array of technology, and as long as you're OK with a stiff ride – a byproduct of the Q70's emphasis on driving performance – you'll have little to complain about. There's technology to enhance the driving experience, like 4Wheel Active Steer and downshift rev-matching, while other tech like lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring subtly help keep you safe. The supportive seats, intuitive dash and iPod integration are among the best around. The Q70 Hybrid, which Infiniti claims is the world's fastest full-hybrid sedan, delivers on its promise of combining the fuel efficiency of a hybrid with the engaging driving dynamics of a performance sedan.
ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL
Every Infiniti Q70 features Active Noise Control to minimize aural unpleasantness caused by the engine. A ceiling-mounted microphone detects low-frequency noise and the system then generates out-of-phase frequencies – the sound waves cancel each other out.
4WHEEL ACTIVE STEER
For increased agility and control at any speed, the 2014 Infiniti Q70 employs an optional 4Wheel Active Steer feature that seamlessly adjusts the steering angle of all four wheels according to speed and driver input.
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