2018 INFINITI Q70 Hybrid
- Athletic, with strong acceleration in V8 versions
- Large cabin with comfortable seats
- High fuel economy from available hybrid model
- Limited small-item storage in cabin
- Ride comfort suffers with the 20-inch wheels
- Many driver assistance features are optional
- Infotainment interface is dated and clunky to use
Which Q70 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
This luxury sedan has a comfortable interior and comes in a variety of configurations. It can also be entertaining to drive. But the 2018 Infiniti Q70's shortcomings are pretty obvious.
This generation of the Q70 dates back to 2011, back when Infiniti called it the M56. There have been some updates over the years, but this is a very long time in the luxury sedan segment to go without a full redesign. Though spacious, the interior comes up short on storage and aesthetic appeal, and the touchscreen entertainment system feels ancient compared to the standard set by current luxury offerings.
We do like the Q70's V8 engine, and the availability of a long-wheelbase version and even a hybrid help broaden the car's appeal. But, ultimately, no Q70 variant truly stands out in the crowd.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 is available in two main trim levels: 3.7 Luxe and 5.6 Luxe.The numbers indicate what type of engine is under the hood. A long-wheelbase Q70L is available with either engine and similar equipment. There's also a hybrid version (appropriately named Q70 Hybrid Luxe). Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on non-hybrid models. A seven-speed automatic is the sole transmission available, while a variety of optional packages provide for a degree of customization.
The base Q70 3.7 Luxe receives motivation from a 3.7-liter V6 (330 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque). Standard features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power adjustable and heated front seats. A no-cost Essential package (which you can expect to be equipped) further adds a heated steering wheel, parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, a top-down parking camera system, leather upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The optional Premium Select package for the 3.7 Luxe adds dark exterior trim, a rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, a suede-like headliner, and premium leather upholstery.
The Q70 Hybrid Luxe uses a 3.5-liter V6 and a hybrid system (360 hp), and its features largely mirror the 3.7 Luxe. The EPA pegs the Hybrid at 30 mpg in combined driving.
Q70s bearing the 5.6 Luxe badge pack a 5.6-liter V8 (420 hp, 417 lb-ft of torque). These models include all the items of the 3.7 Luxe equipped with the no-cost Essential package.
Long-wheelbase variants are differentiated by the Q70L name. These longer models offer an extra 5.5 inches of rear legroom, a rear 12-volt outlet and heated rear seats.
For all Q70s, the ProActive package adds advanced safety features including forward collision warning, front and rear collision mitigation with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring and intervention, lane departure warning and intervention, and adaptive cruise control.
The Sport package is available on all standard-wheelbase Q70s. It adds 20-inch wheels, a different fascia, upgraded brakes, a firmer suspension, a 16-speaker Bose stereo, a power rear sunshade and magnesium paddle shifters. Long-wheelbase variants can opt for the Performance Tire and Wheel package, which includes 20-inch wheels and larger, more capable brakes.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2016 Infiniti Q70 5.6 w/Premium Select Edition package (5.6L V8 | 7-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Q70 has received only minor revisions related to trim level offerings. Our findings remain 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:
- Blind-Spot Intervention
- Warns you of a vehicle in your blind spot and steers you away if you attempt a lane change.
- Predictive Forward Collision Warning
- Watches ahead and flashes an alert if it senses an impending collision.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Detects and makes an alert if catches you leaving your lane unintentionally.
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 is a five-passenger midsize 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 in 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 Luxe offers loads of value since the Essential 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 a variety of packages. If features are more important than acceleration, the 3.7 Luxe is a no-brainer among Q70s.
The price premium for the 5.6 Luxe trim level is hefty considering it grants you the 5.6-liter V8 and little more. No features are exclusive to the 5.6 Luxe compared with the 3.7 Luxe. In light of that, the V8 is a pricey engine. The Premium Select package is unavailable on this trim level. Aside from that, long-wheelbase Q70L models are largely carbon copies of their base-model analogs when it comes to features.
Q70 Hybrid models start between 3.7 Luxe and 5.6 Luxe 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 2018 Infiniti Q70s comes down to how much you value passing power. You'll pay handsomely if you heed the siren song of V8 thrust. Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Infiniti Q70 for you.
2018 INFINITI Q70 Hybrid Overview
The 2018 INFINITI Q70 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: , and Hybrid LUXE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A).
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