Top Safety Pick

2017 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

2017 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
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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
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.

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
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

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
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2011 Infiniti M37 4-door

The SWR for the M56x (all-wheel drive version of the V8-powered Infiniti M56) is 3.81, based on curb weight provided by Nissan of 4,224 lbs for the 2011 model and IIHS peak force of 16,085 lbs on tested 2011 M37 model. For the 2015 Q70 V8 all-wheel drive, the curb weight is 4,248 lbs., which results in an SWR of 3.79. These weights are 10% above the weight of the tested 2011 M37, which means these V8 awd models do not qualify for the Good rating.

The M Hybrid and Q70 Hybrid's specified curb weights are 4,129 lbs, 4,136 lbs, and 4.134 lbs for the 2012 and 2013 M Hybrid and 2015 Q70 models, respectively, These weights are not high enough to exceed the 10% threshold of 4,203 lbs.

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

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Forward Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional Technology Package

Applies to 2015-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • 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.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

How child seat anchors are evaluated