2017 Infiniti Q30 first drive11/17/2015
WHAT IS IT?
Look beyond the gorgeous exterior of the Infiniti Q30 and you’ll find something even more intriguing: this is, almost, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback you can’t buy in
How is that? The Infiniti Q30 is the first whole-cloth vehicle to come to Infiniti from the Renault-Nissan alliance with Daimler, and it’s based on the A-Class architecture.
There are actually several significant differences between the Infiniti Q30 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but the core competency of that architecture (also used in the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and GLA-Class) shines through. The subframes, suspension geometry, engine, and transmission are all directly from the Mercedes A-Class architecture. Each has been re-tuned for the Q30’s specific mission, however, resulting in a car with a palpably different—but still brilliant—character.
2016 Infiniti QX50 first drive10/01/2015
What is it?
In short, this is Infiniti’s response to poor sales performance in the small-crossover segment. With Acura and Lexus blowing Infiniti out of the water, Nissan’s luxury brand had to change something. The 2016 QX50 is a notable improvement over its predecessor, but will it be enough to kick start the sales machine?
Infiniti claimed that potential customers overlooked the last QX50 due to a lack of rear leg room, so it stretched the wheelbase by 3.2 inches. This move definitely resulted in more space -- 4.5 additional inches in the back seat which will now comfortably seat a 6-footer -- with knee room to spare. The heavily bolstered front seats are a little on the small side and the rest of the interior is nicely dressed, if a little dated. In fact, for the most part, the interior has remained just about the same as it was when the QX50 was called an EX35. The stretched wheelbase also intrudes into the storage area a little bit, but the cargo area still boasts 18.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up. Putting down the rear seats to get more space is easy with the QX50's automatic folding rear seats.
2015 Infiniti QX60 review notes
The car remains the same08/28/2015
ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM KOZAK: Hopping into this QX60, I was reminded of the long-term JX35 that left our fleet … gee, must have been two years ago.
This is significant for two reasons:
1. Except for the name change, which I’m still struggling with, the QX60 has apparently been stuck in a time warp. This is basically the same vehicle as that long-termer. Same powertrain with the same output, same suite of features. Heck, sticker price is within a hundred bucks or so.
2. I’ve somehow managed to remember a three-row SUV from ages ago, which means it was probably somehow distinctive, either shockingly bad or memorably good at its job.
Well -- spoiler alert -- the JX35/QX60 is not shockingly bad. It was a great people-hauler then and it remains one now.
The sculpted D-pillar tricks you into thinking this is a more flamboyantly styled crossover than it actually is; in reality, it’s trim but more or less inoffensive. I think it looks better in darker colors.
2015 Infiniti QX80 AWD review notes
Cheap gas, you say?07/29/2015
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: Mass still sells, whether it’s in bigfoot houses on teeny urban lots or traditional SUVs plying suburban shopping mall parking lots. Especially in this less-than-$3-per-gallon economy, full-size luxury SUVs have been cash cows for automakers, and Infiniti’s enormous QX80, while not the newest design on the block, is up 20 percent in sales this year despite prices ranging from $65K to our tester’s completely bonkers $90K sticker.
Crazy? Or is it? Granted, the luxury package added an instant $10K to our loaded QX80, but man, it’s positively gorgeous inside. From a quilted leather throne that feels about 9 feet high, the driver surveys what appears to be a full 4x8 sheet of matte ash punctuated with leather and brushed metal. The passenger seat, over in its zip code, gets a similar view, while the second-row seats are heated, individual buckets with a massive center console and rear-seat entertainment screens.
Don’t confuse mass with space, though -- while occupants have tons of leg- and shoulder room, cargo capacity, even with the third row folded, is nowhere near as usable as that in a more-pedestrian minivan or crossover. The liftover in back -- the distance from the ground to the load floor -- will have anyone under 6 feet looking for a stepladder, and the underfloor cargo compartment won’t hold anything larger than a box of Whitman’s chocolates.
2014 Infiniti QX80 review notes08/22/2014
EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I remember the big Infiniti QX56 we had in the long-term fleet. That one was a monstrosity and so is this 2014 Infiniti QX80, which is the vehicle formerly known as the QX56. Its giant size is both positive and negative. Positive because I like big trucks (love the Chevy Suburban for example), negative because it’s so freaking big…
Underneath is the Nissan Patrol, a big full-frame SUV we don’t get here. The exterior is all Infiniti. The styling is among the more blinged-out vehicles there is, and the interior is good looking with nice materials. As I’ve said before, I like Nissan’s center stack/screen. It’s intuitive and easy to use, and the stereo is rocking. I used this great big beast to haul people around over the weekend and everyone who got in it commented almost immediately about how nice the interior is. I even threw some teenagers in the way back and received no legroom complaints.
2014 Infiniti Q70 3.7 review notes08/06/2014
DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW STOY: The conversation went like this, as I stared at my assignment on the car board:
Me: “Uh, Jon, which one’s the Q70? Is that the one that was the G?”
Road test editor Jon Wong: “No, that’s the Q50. The 70 was the M.”
Motorsports editor Mac Morrision: “Wait, I thought the G was now the Q60.”
JW: “The Q60 is the G coupe. The Q50 is the G sedan.”
Me: “So what does it look like so I can find it in the parking garage?”
JW: “A big Q50.”
Me: “Which one is the Q50 again?”
Eventually I just took the key fob, went downstairs and pushed “lock” until I found the car honking. Wong was right -- it does look like a big G37…er, Q50.
Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype07/23/2014
What is it?
The Q50 Eau Rouge is Infiniti’s rapid four-door retort to the Audi RS6, BMW M5, Jaguar XF-R and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. First unveiled as a so-called concept at the Detroit motor show back in January, the four-wheel-drive performance sedan runs a modified engine from no less a car than the mighty Nissan GT-R. The Eau Rouge is the brainchild of former Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen, now running Cadillac.
The Eau Rouge was originally a styling model to test public reaction to plans to take Infiniti into the performance arena. It was developed with Red Bull Racing; Infiniti sponsors the Austrian F1 team and the Q50 Eau Rouge is now being considered for low-volume production. Ongoing feasibility studies aim to place it in North American showrooms in limited volumes by 2016.