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2016 Infiniti Q70

large luxury car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and does not apply to V8 4-wheel-drive models

2016 Infiniti Q70 4-door sedan
2015 Infiniti Q70 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Infiniti Q70 3.7 4-door

The Infiniti M sedan was renamed the Infiniti Q70 beginning with the 2014 model year, available with V6, V8, and hybrid V6 powertrains. Starting with 2013 M models, design changes were made to the frontal airbags and seat belts; no additional substantive changes were made with the model name change for 2014.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Except for door hinge pillar deformation and intrusion of the parking brake pedal (not visible), the driver's space was maintained reasonably well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1431
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 15
Footrest (cm) 14
Left toepan (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Parking brake (cm) 22
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 10
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 8
Upper dash (cm) 8
Lower instrument panel (cm) 9

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1431
Head
HIC-15 109
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.15
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.68
Right 0.52
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 90
Right 55

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Infiniti M37 Premium 4-door 4wd

Beginning with the 2014 model year, the Infiniti M sedan was renamed the Infiniti Q70, available with V6, V8, and hybrid V6 powertrains.

The Infiniti M sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year and renamed the M37 and M56 at that time because the sizes of the two available engines were increased. A hybrid-electric version of the M, known as the M Hybrid, was introduced in the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, design changes were made to the frontal airbags and seat belts.

Two moderate overlap frontal tests of the M were conducted by Nissan, one of a 2011 model and the other representing a 2013 model as part of frontal crash test verification. These cars are rated separately, except that the structure ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests. (The second car tested by Nissan was designated as a 2012 model but included the airbag and seat belt changes of the 2013 models.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0912 VTF1123
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4 7
Left (cm) 8 9
Center (cm) 11 12
Right (cm) 11 12
Brake pedal (cm) 11 16
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1 1
Right (cm) 2 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 5 0
Rearward (cm) -1 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1123
Head
HIC-15 491
Peak gs at hard contact 89
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 25
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 3.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.32
Maximum tibia index - right 0.63
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 84
Right 119

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Infiniti M56 Premium 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

Beginning with the 2014 model year, the Infiniti M sedan was renamed the Infiniti Q70, available with V6, V8, and hybrid V6 powertrains.

The Infiniti M sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year and renamed the M37 and M56 at that time because the sizes of the two available engines were increased. A hybrid-electric version of the M, known as the M Hybrid, was introduced in the 2012 model year. Beginning with 2013 models, design changes were made to the seat-mounted side torso airbags to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes.

Two side tests of the M were conducted by Nissan, one a 2011 M37x and the other a 2013 M56x as part of side crash test verification. These cars are rated separately, except that the structure ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests, as are rear dummy injury and head protection ratings, because no changes were made to the rear occupant compartment.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS0910 VTS1223
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -11.0 -10.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1223
Head HIC-15 267
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 25
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.31
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9
Combined force (kN) 3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) -93

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS0910 VTS1223
Head HIC-15 194 176
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2 0.1
Compression (kN) 0.8 0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 48 52
Lateral force (kN) 2.0 2.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32 35
Average deflection (mm) 20 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.56 3.95
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.40 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.5 0.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5 1.3
Combined force (kN) 1.9 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 34 25
A-P moment (Nm) 68 76

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Infiniti M37 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,821 lbs
Peak force 16,085 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.21

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 51
Distance below top of head (mm) 54
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.8
Head contact time (ms) 68
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 22
Max neck tension (N) 706

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Forward Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2015-19 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • 3.7 trim
  • 5.6 trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right and gradual left curves and inadequate on the sharp left and sharp right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 3.7 trim
  • 5.6 trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 99.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 54.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 62.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 49.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 46.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 148.8 m
Straightaway left edge 122.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 67.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 47.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • 3.7 trim equipped with Technology package
  • 5.6 trim equipped with Technology package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left and both right curves and inadequate on the sharp left curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 3.7 trim equipped with Technology package
  • 5.6 trim equipped with Technology package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 47.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.4 m
Straightaway left edge 123.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.2 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2016-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim 3.7
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim 3.7
Seat type leather
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
too much force needed to attach
difficult to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 39
Clearance angle (degrees) 60
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 34
Clearance angle (degrees) 75
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 44
Clearance angle (degrees) 52
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated