- New model name for 2014, formerly the M series of sedans
- Available with rear- or all-wheel drive
- Also sold as a hybrid (Q70h)
The 2014 Infiniti Q70 luxury sedan competes with the best that Germany has to offer, including the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6.
For 2014, Infiniti changed up its naming conventions, giving each of its cars a “Q” designation followed by a number while SUVs are distinguished by a “QX” in front. The Q70 comprises all three models of the M series of sedans, the M37 and M56 now being known as the Q70 3.7 and Q70 5.6 respectively, while the M35h is now the Q70 Hybrid which is covered separately on this site.
Beyond the name change, not much has been added to the Q70 for 2014. The Q70 still represents the flagship line for Infiniti as the largest, most luxurious sedans that it makes. When it comes to styling, the larger Q70 wears its curves well with a long hood and dramatic fender arches. The large front grille sits low, flanked by xenon HID headlights. 18-inch wheels, a moonroof, and heated/power-folding side mirrors come standard while 20-inch wheels are optional.
Under the hood, the engine options remain the same, split by model. Q70 3.7 models get a 330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque, while Q70 5.6 models opt for a 420-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 making 417 pounds-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission options and both models have standard rear-wheel drive with an intelligent all-wheel drive system optional.
Inside, the Q70 is heavy laden with standard features including a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity (no audio), powered/heated front seats, auto dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. Befitting its status at the top of Infiniti’s passenger car lineup, many comfort and luxury features are also standard such as active noise control, leather upholstery, real wood trim pieces, and entry/exit assist for the driver’s seat and the steering wheel. The Q70’s interior options, like most of Infiniti’s vehicles, aren’t offered a la carte; they are included in different packages for simpler ordering. A navigation system, Bose premium stereo, heated steering wheel, and cooled front seats are all available in various bundles.
The Q70 performed well in crash testing, earning a full five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. A backup camera, six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system are standard. The Q70 also offers many of the latest safety technologies, such as blind spot monitoring, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, and forward collision control.