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2019 Infiniti Q70: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Infiniti Q70 delivers decent performance and has a spacious cabin, but there are several areas where this sedan lags behind the competition. That's why it finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize car rankings.

The 2019 Infiniti Q70 is ranked:

Is the Infiniti Q70 a Good Car?

The Infiniti Q70 is an OK car. It has two powerful engine options, and most reviewers think it has solid handling ability. Inside, you'll find roomy and supportive seats. But there are some notable downsides with this Infiniti as well. Its gas mileage ratings trail most rivals', and the ride isn't always smooth. The interior and the infotainment system are showing their age, and many rivals simply look and feel more modern.

Should I Buy the Infiniti Q70?

If you're in love with the Q70, you should buy it. However, it finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize car rankings for a reason. Plus, it has a higher starting price than many of its rivals, so it's not even a great value. Instead of the Q70, you should consider an alternative like the Audi A6 or Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti Q70?

The 2019 Q70 is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model year, and the Q70 hasn't seen any major changes since the 2016 model year. With so few changes, it's worth looking at recent used models, which could potentially save you thousands of dollars compared to a new Q70.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 Infiniti Q70 and 2018 Infiniti Q70. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Q70 generation, which runs from 2011 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Infiniti Q70 Cost?

With an MSRP of just over $50,000, the Q70 has a higher starting price than many of its classmates. A fully loaded Q70 costs north of $70,000, which is reasonable for a luxury midsize car.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Infiniti dealer.

Infiniti Q70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti Q70 or Audi A6?

The Audi A6 sits near the top of our luxury midsize car rankings, and for good reason. It features multiple powerful engine options and dynamic handling while still returning better fuel economy than the Q70. The A6's cabin is one of the best in the class, and it has plenty of cutting-edge, easy-to-use technology. To put a cherry on top, the A6 has a lower base price than its Infiniti rival. There's no comparison here. Choose the Audi.

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

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class also sits much higher in our rankings than the Q70. The E-Class has arguably the nicest cabin in the class. It looks great and is richly appointed, and the features list seems to go on forever. The E-Class also delivers engaging performance. It handles well, features plenty of energetic engine options, and offers two high-performance models. The E-Class costs a bit more than the Infiniti, but it's worth the extra money.

Q70 Interior

How Many People Does the Q70 Seat?

This Infiniti sedan seats five in style. The front seats provide plenty of comfort, space, and support. The rear seats tell the same story, and they have enough room even for tall adults, though the middle seat is a tight squeeze. The long-wheelbase Q70L offers even more rear-seat space.

Q70 and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, but the system receives a Poor rating (the lowest possible) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use.

Q70 Interior Quality

While the Q70 features plenty of high-end materials throughout its well-built cabin, this sedan lacks the modern look and feel of many competitors, making it seem past its prime.

Q70 Cargo Space

The Q70's trunk provides an average amount of space for a luxury midsize sedan – just under 15 cubic feet. That's enough room for roughly a dozen shopping bags.

Q70 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an 8-inch infotainment system, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and satellite radio. Available features include a 16-speaker Bose surround-sound system.

The touch screen that accompanies the infotainment system is antiquated and doesn't feature the sharp graphics you'll find with rivals’ screens. There's a control knob that goes along with the screen, but it's more complicated than it needs to be. The infotainment system also lacks smartphone connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are available in most competitors.

Q70 Performance

Q70 Engine: V6 or V8?

The Q70 features a 330-horsepower base engine that offers plenty of power for daily driving. If you want an engine that really makes this midsize sedan feel fast, go for the 420-horsepower V8. Infiniti discontinued the hybrid model for 2019.

Q70 Gas Mileage: Not Great Numbers

Most luxury midsize cars get better fuel economy ratings than the Q70, which earns 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with its base engine. With the V8, those numbers dip to 16/24 mpg.

Driving the Q70 will cost you about $400 more per year on gas compared to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and about $600 more per year compared to the Audi A6.

Q70 Ride and Handling: See for Yourself

The general consensus about the Q70 is that it handles well, but the ride may be a little more unsettled than you'd like. However, a few test drivers found the exact opposite, saying that the Q70 rides smoothly and isn't overly sporty. Be sure to test-drive this Infiniti before you buy to form your own opinion.

Q70 Reliability

Is the Infiniti Q70 Reliable?

The 2019 Q70 does not yet have a reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Infiniti Q70 Warranty

Infiniti covers the Q70 with a four-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Q70 Safety

Q70 Crash Test Results

The 2019 Q70 has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Q70 Safety Features

The Q70 comes standard with automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 360-degree camera. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, active lane keep assist, and rear parking sensors.

Which Infiniti Q70 Model Is Right for Me?

The two Q70 trims correspond to the two available powertrains (V6 and V8). Every Q70 feature is available in both trim lines, so most buyers are better off sticking with the base V6 trim.

Infiniti Q70 3.7 Luxe

The base Q70 3.7 Luxe starts at $50,300 (long-wheelbase models cost $1,500 more) and comes equipped with a V6 engine, an automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, a moonroof, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a heated steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, and a 360-degree camera.

All-wheel drive is available for $2,150. The Sport package ($4,900) comes with a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, front sport seats, a 16-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and unique styling elements. The ProActive package ($3,300) adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and active lane keep assist.

Infiniti Q70 5.6 Luxe

The Q70 5.6 Luxe has a starting price of $63,350 (long-wheelbase models cost $1,700 more). It comes with a V8 engine, an automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

All-wheel drive is available for $2,550. The Sport and ProActive packages from the 3.7 Luxe model are available with this trim for $4,900 and $3,300, respectively.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Infiniti dealer.

The Final Call

The 2019 Infiniti Q70 finishes near the bottom of our luxury midsize car rankings. While this sedan does some things well, it trails its classmates in too many areas for it to be competitive in this segment. Even the things it does well are things you can find in other cars that have fewer drawbacks. Many of the Q70’s negatives are a reflection of its age – it’s been several years since Infiniti redesigned this car, and much of the competition has surpassed it in that time.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Infiniti Q70 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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