2017 Infiniti QX50 AWD

The Infiniti QX50 was driven to Pirate Radio (FM 104.7) for the “Morning Show” with George Gray and Matt Arguello:

Graphite Shadow metallic – Graphite leather heated buckets – 5 passenger – 7” touchscreen with navigation – Radar cruise control – Keyless entry/blindspot monitor – Xenon auto-leveling headlights, daytime running lights, LED taillights – Bose 11 speaker premium sound stereo – Backup camera and “around view” parking monitor – 325 horsepower 3.7 liter V-6 w/ 267 lb. ft. of torque – 7 speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – $45,535.00 EPA rating is 17 MPG city , 20 MPG combined 24 MPG highway – 20 gallon tank – Weighs 4,020 lbs./18.6 cubic ft. of cargo space – 186” long – 19” split-five spoke wheels

2017 Infiniti Q50S AWD Sedan

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The Infiniti was driven to Pirate Radio FM-104.7 during the “Morning Show” with George and Matt.  It was quite a hit:

The Q50S is a magnificent machine, with power, looks, and acceleration that is pleasing to the driver and onlooker.

Iridium Blue metallic – Graphite leather buckets – heated and air conditioned – Technology Package with Navigation system including 8” touchscreen – Radar cruise control – Power moonroof – LED daytime running lights, fog lights, and bending headlamps – Bose 16 speaker centerpoint surround sound stereo – Backup camera – 300 horsepower V-6  3.0 liter with twin turbos – 19” polished alloy wheels (P245/40R19) – 7 Speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – $55,520.00

27 MPG on the highway, 22 MPG combined

2017 Infiniti QX-30 Premium AWD Crossover

20170117_124537The Infiniti crossover was taken to Pirate Radio for a review by this writer as well as George Gray and Matt Arguello:

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Graphite Shadow Gray metallic – Heated and ventilated leather brown and black buckets – Navigation system with 7” touchscreen – Radar/adaptive cruise control – LED bending headlights – Bose 10 speaker stereo – Pushbutton start – LED Headlamps – Surround view monitor – 208 horsepower 4 cylinder/2 liter with turbocharger – Seven-speed automatic transmission – Blind spot monitor, backup camera, and lane watch – Lane departure warning and collision-mitigation – $46,035.00 – 30 MPG Highway

2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t Premium RWD Sedan

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Two vehicles were analyzed by George Gray and myself during this edition of the Morning Show (KELS FM 104.7 – Greeley) – one was a sporty Infiniti Q50:

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As noted during my conversation with George, the Q50 was incredibly nimble and the white interior was stunning.  My past tests of these Infiniti sedans always involved a V-6, and I have to say I endorse their decision to install a 208 horsepower turbo – 4 in this 2016 model.

2015 Infiniti Q50S 3.7 RWD Sedan

SAM_4142Ruth and I travelled to Alabama in October for the Camping World 500 at Talladega, Alabama, and while there tested a Hagane blue Infiniti Q50S.  Unlike the race, our trip and test ended pleasurably with a drive to Atlanta for the flight to Colorado.  Our stay was on Lake Martin in central Alabama, where in a lakeside cabin Hank Williams wrote “Kaw-Liga” – a reference to a lovesick cigar store wooden Indian – in 1952.  The number was included in Williams’ final recording session, and was placed on the flip side of “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, with both songs reaching Billboard’s number one position.  Hank Williams died January 1st, 1953, at age 29.

20151025_174521We enjoyed going through the Hank Williams museum in Montgomery, Alabama, but also had a good time for the first 500 miles of racing at Talladega on a temperate, overcast Sunday afternoon.  Nascar officials flubbed up the ending of the race, but by that time we had thoroughly enjoyed watching the proceedings and eating Alabama bar-b-que.  It was my third trip to the Talladega race, and the paddock arrangement behind pit road was great – we were there for nine hours.

I have tested several Infinitis in the past, and this one seemed particularly suited to my taste – a high performance luxury Q50S sedan.  Its M.S.R.P. was $47,755.00, including freight, and that price included the following options – navigation package ($1,400.00) and performance wheel package ($1,800.00)  Thus, the car carried a base price of $43,650.00 and freight came in at $905.00.  The interior was sumptuous, and included a suede headliner, semi-aniline leather trim, Bose 14-speaker surround20151029_163210 sound stereo with satellite radio, tilt/telescope, navigation system, backup camera, moon roof, and heated front bucket seats.  The Stone (off-white) upholstery was striking with “Infiniti” stitching in the front buckets and soft double-stitched speedometer/tach hood.

20151023_155757The Q50S is a high performance car, with 328 horsepower and 269 lb. lb. of torque – it is a 3.7 liter V-6 with dual overhead cams.  It’s rear-wheel drive, the preferred architecture for a luxury performance sedan in this category.  The transmission is a seven-speed automatic (like the Infiniti V-8s have) with manual shift mode and paddles.  The driver selects from four driving modes with a console-mounted button – sport, standard, eco, and snow.  The eco mode maximizes fuel economy, and this car’s ratings are 20 city and 29 highway.  I observed 22.8 mpg during the time spent with the Q50S and that matches up with the EPA combined rating of 23.

The Q50S styling features chrome door handles, exhaust tips, and Infiniti signature grill.  The paint was “Hagane” (Japanese for steel) blue metallic, and actually looked best in sunlight.  The 19” alloy (RAYS branded) ten-spoke dark gray forged wheels were surrounded with P245/40R19 (front) and P265/35R19 (rear) summer radials.  Staggered tire sizes – that’s when the car owner knows that he has a performance machine.SAM_4147

The Infiniti was great to have possession of during the week of racing fun.  The Alabama roads are smooth, winding, and secluded in the tall timber.  This reviewer had fun with the Q50S, and it comes with my recommendation.

 

 

2015 Infiniti Q70L 3.7 Sedan

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Infiniti is the luxury automobile division of Nissan Motor Company, and has been selling cars and light trucks in North America since 1989.  The history of the company goes all the way back to 1914, when the first “Datsun” was produced in Tokyo.  The Datsun name was subsequently changed to “Nissan”, and the company sells over 5 million vehicles each year, worldwide. The Infiniti models were rolled out concurrently with Honda’s Acura and Toyota’s Lexus lineup;  Japanese government-imposed export restraints at that time made it more profitable for auto manufacturers to send us more expensive cars.

Although at the turn of the century Infiniti nearly became extinct, the lineup has been rejuvenated and today their cars are highly thought of, one of the models SAM_4111being the 2015 Q70L, a high performance, rear-wheel drive four door sedan with V-6 power.  A Liquid Platinum silver Q70L was waiting for Ruth and I at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport recently and I had the pleasure of wringing it out for a few days in western Illinois.  Inside it had sumptuous Graphite leather seating and Japanese white ash (real) wood trim accents.  It’s a five passenger car with terrific (heated and air conditioned) bucket seats and room for three in the back – heated seating, as well.  All the occupants can be comfortable because as an “L” offering, the car has 6″ additional interior space, specifically in the rear passenger compartment.  As a loaded car it contains the things you would expect as such; heated/tilting/telescoping steering wheel, ten way power buckets, all-around parking/blind spot monitor, power moon roof, push button ignition, dual zone climate setup, Bose 2-channel, 10 speaker audio, 8” VGA color touch-screen navigation display, radar cruise control, and USB/Ipod connections.   M.S.R.P. for the Q70L that I drove was $60,605.00, which included the base car ($51,350.00), deluxe touring package ($3,900.00), technology package ($3,300.00) 20” alloy wheel package ($1,150.00), and freight of $905.00. 20150724_192608

20150727_061626 After looking over the Q70L at the airport, my wife and I headed for Galena, Illinois for the weekend.  I wanted to take U.S. 20 to check out the 330 horsepower (270 lb.ft. of torque) V-6 and seven speed automatic with manual shift mode. What a ride!  This machine has some giddyup and is a treat out on the road.  Also, when crossing rails or tar strips the car feels like a block of steel – no shudder, creaking, or shake.  Zero to 60  time is six seconds (3,957 lb. car) and the top speed, reportedly, is governor limited at about 135 mph.  Fuel mileage estimates are 18/city and 26/highway (20 gallon tank), and I averaged about 21 mpg running around northwestern Illinois.  Handling and ride are firm and compliant with real nice steering feel.  Bridgestone RE97as Potenza 245/40R20 radials are wrapped around the ten spoke polished alloys and chrome is on hand both at the lower rocker molding area and on the door handles.  It’s a good looking car.

Once again, I have fallen in love with a car and have failed to register a complaint in the review.  So before I let the big Q go, I’ll mention that the ample space in the rear passenger compartment was so enticing to my mother-in-law that it became necessary to ride all over the countryside with her on board.

 

 

“Shiftless in Seattle” 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD Luxury Crossover

 

SAM_1868Just prior to Memorial Day, Ruth and I had a chance to visit the Seattle area and test a new Infiniti JX35.  We drove it from the airport to Port Angeles, WA, for the purpose of catching a ferry to Victoria, BC.  We also circled the Olympic peninsula and its rainy beaches and forests.  Before we flew out of Seattle, we caught two Seattle Mariner ballgames at Safeco Field.

The JX35 was introduced by Infiniti in the spring of 2012, and is classified as a mid-size crossover SUV.  I call it a luxury crossover, and this one was particularly fancy with an M.S.R.P. of $55,170, including freight.  Its base price of $41,550 was driven up by the optional premium package ($4,950), deluxe touring package ($2,550), theatre package ($1,700), technology package ($3,100), and a set of roof rails for $370.  It’s not difficult to guess at some of the features included in the packages; moon roof, lane change warning, front and rear collision warning/braking, radar cruise control, heated seats in four locations, Bose surround sound, power mirrors/locks/windows/tailgate, tilt/telescope, three movie screens, 8” navigation monitor, and twin front power buckets.  The leather interior was attractive with wheat colored material and gold piping throughout.  Throughout, by the way, means three rows of seats – seven passenger seating in a mid-size!

The outside mirrors had a handy switch that allowed them to be folded in for slender parking spaces or garages.  The feature was nice on the Black Ball ferry boat when passengers were cramming all the vehicles below deck for the 18 mile ride to Canada.  And it seems that most of them go back and forth down there to fetch a handbag or camera.  Other features of the JX included satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone setup, backup camera, pushbutton and remote engine start, heated steering wheel, blind spot monitor, rain-sensing wipers, and wireless theatre headphones for back seat passengers.

Power for the JX is supplied by a 3.5 liter V-6 with 265 horsepower and 248 ft. lbs. of torque.  It’s just ample for the 4,552 lb. machine, and is coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).  The all-wheel drive car sits on a wheelbase of 114.2”, is 68” high, and its width is 77.2”.  Fuel economy ratings are 18 and 23, and during my time with it I observed a 21 mpg reading.  Acceleration at sea level is zero to 60 in 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 121 mph.  The shiftless CV transmission is the best one I have ever driven._DSC2243

When Infiniti personnel rolled out the JX at a 2012 Denver press conference, they hyped the seven passenger capability and the styling.  The company did, in fact, do a good job with the styling, but their FX and QX crossovers are no slouch in that  department, either.  The good-looking JX had the roof rails as well as ten-spoke alloy wheels, chrome side trim and door handles, fog lights and Infiniti’s signature bold chrome grill.  Tires were Bridgestone 235/55R20 all-season radials.

The Northwest vacation was a blast, in large part due to the great vehicle we were able to travel around in.  Infiniti’s great handling and good looking JX35 is a nice package of luxury and refinement.