Price Range (MSRP): $33,950 (Q40) to $62,700 (QX80)
Infiniti is the luxury branch of Nissan that produces a lineup of cars that toe the line between sporty/luxury. Last year, Infiniti wiped the slate clean and changed the names of all of its models to a new naming structure.
Infiniti tried to make this a little complicated, but we’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. Instead of different letters for names, all of Infiniti’s passenger cars will get the designation Q, followed by a number (the Q50 replaces the G37 sedan). Infiniti’s lineup of SUVs is now designated by a QX, followed by a number (the QX50 replaces the EX50 crossover). The numbers will no longer related to the engine size of each model, just their size/place in the lineup (smaller numbers for smaller vehicles).
The former G37 is now split – coupe and convertible versions will now be called the Q60, while the sedan has been rebadged and is sold as the Q40 for the first time in 2015.
The Q50 is a redesigned version of the Q40 and it also has a hybrid version, the Q50 Hybrid, for more efficient motoring. The Q50 offers improved exterior styling, an upgraded cabin, and a new steering system.
The M-series of flagship sedans are now known as the Q70, with the M35h named the Q70 Hybrid. Uner the hood you’ll find V-6 or V-8 power and inside there is a long list of standard features, including plenty of technology.
The QX50 replaces the EX37, and the midsize five-seat luxury crossover comes well-equipped and also offers a few cutting-edge safety technologies, like the optional Around View Monitor system which uses cameras on the outside of the vehicle to provide a complete top-down view of the QX50 and eliminates blind spots when parking. For 2015, it adds Bluetooth connectivity as standard equipment.
The FX line of “high-performance luxury crossovers” is rebadged under the QX70 model name. The V-8 has been dropped this year, leaving one engine option: a 325-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 that is mated to a seven-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard with the smaller engine, with an all-wheel drive system optional.
The JX35 is now known as the QX60 and the seven-seat crossover has unique styling with rear side windows that pinch inwards. Inside is plenty of cargo and passenger room, to go along with a long list of standard features.
By far the largest vehicle Infiniti makes is the QX56 full-size SUV, now called the QX80. It seats up to eight passengers and comes with a 400-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The aforementioned Around View Monitor system is also optional and very helpful on a vehicle of this size.