2017 INFINITI Q70 Hybrid
- Athletic, with strong acceleration in V8 versions
- Large cabin with unusually comfortable seats
- Great driving position
- Limited small item storage in cabin
- Ride comfort suffers significantly with 20-inch wheels
- Many driver assistance features are optional
- Infotainment interface is dated and clunky
Which Q70 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
The 2017 Infiniti Q70's tidy driving dynamics and robust V8 performance can't overcome the headwinds presented by its newer rivals. If you're looking for the best technology, comfort and curb appeal from a midsize luxury sedan, we think you'll find more appealing options elsewhere.
Introduced as a 2011 model and refreshed in 2015, the Infiniti Q70 is starting to fray around the edges. Its structure isn't as drum-tight as we'd expect from a modern luxury car, and its touchscreen, voice controls and smartphone interface all betray its age. Its optional driver assistance features really ought to be standard at this price. It's an older sedan that doesn't distinguish itself in a competitive segment.
We do like the optional V8 engine's punch and the unobtrusiveness of its transmission. It's not a true performance car, but its acute steering can make this big sedan seem to shrink around you when you're unwinding a canyon road. But the other Q70 versions, including the Hybrid and the long-wheelbase Q70L, just don't do enough to warrant a recommendation.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Infiniti Q70 is available in two trim levels, 3.7 and 5.6, which delineate the engines and equipment levels on offer. A long-wheelbase Q70L is similarly available with either engine. A hybrid version (appropriately named Q70 Hybrid) exists, but Infiniti doesn't offer a hybridized variant of the Q70L. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on non-hybrid models. Oddly enough, the base 3.7 offers an option package for no additional cost that bestows it with a solid array of features. A variety of optional packages provide for a degree of customization.
The base Q70 in 3.7 guise includes a 3.7-liter V6 (330 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque) and offers as a zero-cost option a package that includes leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, parking alerts, a heated steering wheel, a bird's-eye view camera system and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system.
Q70s bearing the 5.6 badge pack a powerful 5.6-liter V8 (420 hp, 417 lb-ft of torque). These models include all the items of the Premium Package-equipped 3.7 as standard. The Premium Select package is not available on the Q70 5.6, which is fine since it's largely cosmetics anyway.
The Q70 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V6 and a hybrid system (360 hp) and is not available with the Premium Select or Sport package or the Performance Tire and Wheel package, which is offered only on the Q70L.
A seven-speed automatic is the sole transmission available in all models. The 3.7 and 5.6 models each offer a Sport package and a Technology package. Sport adds more heavily bolstered seats, bigger brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels and summer tires. The Technology package adds driver assistance features such as blind-spot and lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise and forward emergency braking. Packages such as Premium Select add 20-inch wheels, revised cabin materials and exterior fripperies.
Q70L variants offer an optional Deluxe Touring package that includes upgraded cabin materials, more heavily bolstered seats, Bose premium audio and a power rear sunshade. For 2017, Q70L models also offer the Premium Select package that debuted on short-wheelbase models last year.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our drive of the 2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6 w/Premium Select Edition package (5.6L V8; 7-speed automatic).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Q70 has received only minor revisions related to trim level offerings. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Q70.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4.5
Child safety seat accommodation3.5
Audio & navigation1
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Q70 safety features:
- Lane Departure Warning and Prevention
- Sounds an alert and helps you stay in your lane if you approach your lane's edge.
- Blind-Spot Warning and Intervention
- Sounds an alert and helps you steer away from a car if you veer toward a vehicle in your blind spot.
- Backup Collision Intervention
- Applies the brakes if it detects an oncoming vehicle while you are reversing.
The 2017 Infiniti Q70 is a midsize five-passenger luxury sedan that's been around the block and is outshined by more recent competitors.
As with other Infinitis, the Q70's features are mostly grouped into packages, with few available stand-alone options. Several variants have been added over its life cycle, though it's still pretty straightforward to find the one that's best for you.
The Q70 is offered as a base model or long-wheelbase Q70L guise, and the two engines available also denote the trim level. There's also a Q70 Hybrid that's offered only with rear-wheel drive. The entry-level 3.7 offers loads of value since the Premium package is offered at zero cost on this trim level. This package includes a heap of features such as leather, navigation, heated and ventilated seats, parking alerts, voice controls, a heated steering wheel and Bose premium audio. Additional features are available in packages: the Sport, Technology and Premium Select packages group goodies logically. If features are more important than acceleration, the 3.7 is a no-brainer among Q70s.
The price premium for the 5.6 trim level is hefty considering it grants you the 5.6-liter V8 and little more. No features are exclusive to the 5.6 compared with the 3.7. In light of that, the V8 is a pricey engine. The Premium Select package now appears to be unavailable on this trim level, having instead moved to the Q70L instead for 2017. Go figure. Aside from that, long-wheelbase Q70L models are largely carbon copies of their base model analogues when it comes to features.
Q70 Hybrid models start between 3.7 and 5.6 models, yet can't be had with all-wheel drive and aren't available with some of the packages offered on the rest of the Q70 range. In that respect the hybrid is something of an odd man out, but it does deliver a solid improvement in fuel economy.
Outside of the hybrid model, perhaps the biggest decision to make among 2017 Infiniti Q70s comes down to how much you value passing power. You'll pay handsomely if you heed the siren song of V8 thrust.
2017 INFINITI Q70 Hybrid Overview
The 2017 INFINITI Q70 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: , and Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A).
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