Best 2016 Infiniti Vehicles
This article will compare Infiniti vehicles for the 2016 model year. The 2016 Infiniti lineup has one Q70 sedan in three models, three QX50, QX60, and QX70 crossovers, and one QX80 sport utility vehicle (SUV).
The Q70 Sedan
The three 2016 Infiniti sedan models are the Q70, the identical Q70L with a six-inch longer wheelbase, and the Hybrid. The Hybrid has rear-wheel-drive only, the Q70/Q70L a choice between rear- and all-wheel drive. The Q70/Q70L has a six-cylinder (V6), 3,700-cubic centimeter (cc), 330-horsepower engine and a larger engine with eight cylinders (V8), a 5,600-cc displacement volume, and a 420-horsepower output. All Q70s have a seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode.
The Q70 Hybrid combines a six-cylinder, 3,500-cc gas engine with a lithium-ion electric motor for a total 350-horsepower rating. Hybrid Q70s can achieve Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 29 miles per gallon of gas (mpg) in city driving and 34 mpg on the open highway. Comparable ratings for the Q70, 18 city/26 highway mpg with the V6 engine and 16 city/24 highway mpg with the V8, are predictably lower yet respectable. Q70 suspension calibration is firm and its steering well-weighted.
The Q70 is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates it at the highest, five-star level for overall crashworthiness.
The QX50, QX60, and QX70 Crossovers
Although built on a sports-sedan chassis, the QX50 isn’t for rugged trail use, but it delivers on dynamics on the road. Its 325-horsepower V-6 powers an excellent seven-speed automatic transmission with quick responsiveness. Engine and transmission work very smoothly together. EPA estimated fuel efficiency is 17 city/24 highway/20 combined mpg.
The hydraulic-assisted steering has real driver feedback. With all-wheel drive the driver loses some nimbleness but gains some all-weather ability to churn through snow or mud. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the 2016 QX50 fully, but the most recent scores were reasonably good. Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera; optional are surround-view cameras, parking sensors, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, and forward-collision alerts with automatic braking.
The 2016 Infiniti QX60 carries over both of its powertrains, (1) the 3,500-cc, 268-horsepower V-6 and continuously variable transmission (CVT) capable of reaching 60 miles per hour (mph) in 7.8 seconds in the all-wheel-drive version and (2) the smoother and quieter four-cylinder, 250-horsepower hybrid alternative, which remains available, but with cheaper gas it has become so unnecessary that it sells now only on special orders.
The 2016 Infiniti QX70 stresses excellent driving dynamics, stylish looks, and luxurious interior furbishings, a marriage of sleek lines, practicality, and fast underpinnings that make it feel at home on twisty mountain roads. Curb weight is 4,200 pounds, but the QX70 handles as if considerably lighter with poise and balance more like a car than a crossover. The QX70 shares its 3,700-cc, 325-horsepower, V6 engine with other Infinitis that accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in the low seven-second range. The seven-speed automatic transmission is quick and smooth. EPA fuel efficiency ratings are 17 city/24 highway mpg, premium fuel only.
The QX70 has many standard and available safety equipment items and good ratings in the few safety tests which it has completed. A rearview camera is standard and a 360-degree Around View monitor available. Other safety options are lane departure prevention that follows lane markings, notifies the driver, and even applies the brakes lightly and an advanced cruise control system that can stop the QX70 completely if necessary. An available forward collision warning system also can apply the brakes.
The QX 80 SUV
The 2016 Infiniti QX80 is the brand’s biggest and most expensive vehicle, a distinctive SUV previously named the QX56 and renamed the QX80 for the 2014 model year. Infiniti recently renamed every model with Q for cars or QX for crossovers and SUVs. The QX80 can carry up to eight passengers in comfort and with ease with its 5,600-cc, 400-horsepower, V8 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission.
The big V-8 accelerates fabulously. With standard rear-wheel drive, the QX80 gets 14 city/20 highway mpg EPA fuel efficiency ratings. The QX80 optional linked hydraulic suspension reduces body roll and also improves off-road articulation by allowing, much as do active anti-roll bars, the wheels to unlink and move more freely. The QX80 towing capacity is 8,500 pounds, more than four tons.
The QX80 cabin is plush with contoured leather and wood trim. The first two rows of seats are very comfortable for adults of all sizes while the third-row bench is for kids. Cargo space is abundant. Standard safety features are surround-view cameras and cross-traffic alerts. Standard amenities are navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, and push-button start.
This comparison of the Best Infiniti Vehicles must conclude that Infiniti continues to excel in product development as Nissan’s premium brand. Never has there been a better time to test drive an Infiniti sedan, crossover, or SUV.