The 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe is the renamed G37 Coupe and still provides the performance of its predecessor with a sporty driving experience and a luxe interior.
|STATS||Starting Retail Price||As Tested Price||HP / Lb-Ft|
|2014 Infiniti Q60 AWD||$42,050||$52,055||330 / 270|
|EPA Rating MPG||As Tested MPG|
|Rating: BUY IT!||18 / 25 Combined 20||19 Combined|
It’s been awhile since Infiniti has given this car an update, save changing the names of its whole lineup to offer up a fresh confusion of numbers and letters to decipher, but the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe holds its own. This is not a practical, family car, but a sporty drive that doesn’t even try to pretend it’s anything else.
As a coupe, this is a two-door with a heavily slanted roof that cuts into rear seat passenger space significantly. It looks fantastically sleek from the outside, but those in back won’t appreciate the design aesthetic when their heads touch the roof. That’ll be the least of their concerns, though, since legroom is also very short and access requires the skills of a contortionist.
In general, space is at a premium no matter where you look. Taller front passengers will find their knees bumping the car even with the seat fully back. Pop the trunk, and there’s again a shortage of space with just 7.4 cubic feet of cargo space. But, that’s not why you buy a sports coupe in the first place.
The driver really is the focus of the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe and that’s who will be smiling around every corner. Boasting a 3.7-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, there is no shortage of power when you step on the gas. And the sound? This car truly rumbles and makes you want to act the fool and just rev the engine a few times before you put it in drive.
You’ll find yourself pushed back nicely into very comfortable and supportive seats with excellent bolstering for taking those hard corners. Leather with 8-way adjustability and heat are standard in the front seats with a manual thigh extender offered on the Sport Package that feels like an awkward afterthought.
The Sport package also gives you 19″ aluminum-alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, a sport front fascia and magnesium paddle shifters. The paddle shifters are well-placed and take the revs higher than the automatic transmission would otherwise, but the hesitation before each shift was disappointing. The sport suspension turns out to be a blessing and a curse.
Driving on smooth highway roads, handling was easy and effortless and the sport tuning shown through like a champ. Turn off the highway, and it becomes your enemy, jostling you over bumps and rougher roads and forcing you to really hold tight to that wheel to keep the car pointing in the right direction. The comparable BMW 3-Series manages the balance between sport and function much more smoothly.
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe I drove came with AWD that I put to the test in our latest winter storm that dumped about 14″ of snow. I took it out on unplowed roads and it managed the snow like a pro. It’s low to the ground and sporty enough that, looking at it, you’d think it would hate the snow, but the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe didn’t have a problem.
When it comes to technology, the Infiniti 2014 Q60 Coupe begins to show its age. There are easy to use buttons and a touchscreen, but many functions are duplicated. It’s not a problem, but it does lead to a more cluttered dash design than is necessary and typical of more recently updated vehicles.
The maps were also outdated, missing highway changes in our area that are now several years old, and the map itself wasn’t as easy to read as others. It just felt, dated. As good as it looks and feels behind the wheel, the infotainment system is out of sync compared to competing models like the Audi A6 or the Mercedes-Benz E Class.
Fuel economy ratings are 18/25 city/highway for a combined 20 MPG. In my real word testing it came up at 19 MPG in what was a week primarily of stop and go city driving. Not stellar, but definitely better than what you’ll experience in some other sports coupes.
The 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe AWD offers a lively driving experience with a comfortable interior that makes it a solid sports coupe option.
On the TFLcar scale of:
- Buy it!
- Lease it!
- Rent it!
- … or Forget it!
I give the 2014 Infiniti Q60 Coupe AWD a Buy It!
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.