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2018 INFINITI Q70 KBB Expert Review

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By Matt Degen

The 2018 Infiniti Q70 is the flagship sedan from Nissan’s luxury division. Known until a few years ago as the M, this premium-midsize sedan is available in standard form as the Q70 or the long-wheelbase Q70L, which has an additional 5.6 inches of legroom in its spacious rear seat. As a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive sports sedan with choice of V6, V8 or hybrid powertrains, the Q70 pits itself against luxury rivals like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Lexus GS. The Infiniti Q70 has strong powertrains and some innovative safety features, but it ultimately falls short against fresher, more sophisticated and better-established rivals.

You'll Like This Car If...

If there’s one aspect where Infiniti’s midsize-luxury sedan has a real leg up on rivals, it’s with the generous rear-seat legroom of the Q70L. If you find yourself playing the chauffeur and want a luxury sedan with seriously impressive rear-seat space, this is it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The aging Infiniti Q70 lacks features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, has below-average resale value, and in general remains off the radar from potential luxury-car shoppers.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the Infiniti Q70 lineup gets revised naming with the “Luxe” designation added to models. Otherwise, the biggest change is a standard 8-inch touch-screen display that replaces the former 7-inch screen on lower trims.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Unlike the majority of its rivals, the Infiniti Q70 continues to use naturally aspirated V6 or V8 engines, as opposed to a smaller-displacement turbo engine. This isn’t exactly beneficial if you want high fuel economy, but it does provide for satisfying, linear acceleration and power output across a broad range. Though it’s an older powertrain, even the 3.7-liter V6 in base models remains gratifying, and its 330 horsepower has plenty of gusto. Step up to the big 5.6-liter V8, and its 420 horsepower can be a startling surprise in what some may consider a sleeper sedan. The Q70 hybrid splits the power difference of the standard V6 and the V8. With 360 horsepower, this hybrid is a potent performer, though with a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg, its efficiency is more in line with a diesel than a traditional hybrid. Speaking of Eco, we continue to bristle at the available Eco Pedal. When engaged in Eco mode, the pedal actually adds resistance to prevent lead-foot tendencies. The Q70 in general favors a more comfort-oriented ride than, say, the athleticism of a BMW 5 Series.

Favorite Features

Infiniti’s system goes beyond merely sensing the vehicle ahead of yours: It senses the vehicle ahead of that one, too. So if a driver two cars in front suddenly brakes, the Q70 alerts you so you can take action. It’s the automotive equivalent of seeing into the future.

The Q70 also has your back when in reverse. This optional safety system can detect cars approaching as you back up, first alerting you to the potential collision. If you don’t take action, the car can automatically brake to prevent an accident.

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