Poll: Infiniti Q70 or Acura RLX?

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Poll: Infiniti Q70 or Acura RLX?

Today we compare two relatively forgotten sedans in the luxury segment. Infiniti’s Q70 and the Acura RLX face off in our latest poll. Which of these four-door cars do YOU prefer? Let’s VOTE and find out!

Kicking things off, we start with the Infiniti. The brand’s Q70 serves as their default flagship model. It’s an attractive car, with smooth and swoopy style. But underneath that curvaceous sheet metal is real power.

The base engine is a 3.7-liter V6, but for drivers that are serious about rapid acceleration the company also offers a 5.6-liter V8. The latter of these two powerplants is good for 420 horses and 417 lb-ft of twist. A seven-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered in the Q70. All-wheel drive is available with either engine.

Moving on, Acura has taken a different approach with its RLX. In top-level trim, this car features a hybrid drivetrain. Centered around a 3.5-liter gasoline V6, this system delivers a total of 377 horses and 341 lb-ft of torque, better numbers than you might expect.

Contributing to those figures are three, yes THREE electric motors, one mounted at the front and two powering the car’s rear wheels. This gives it four-corner traction and torque vectoring for better handling. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is responsible for shifting.

As for fuel economy, this top-level RLX should be quite economical for a luxury car. It should return 28 miles per gallon in urban conditions, 32 on the highway and 30 combined. Obviously, the V8-powered Infiniti is significantly less economical, averaging just 19 MPG according to the EPA.

OK, so those are the competitors in today’s poll, which of these luxury sedans do you prefer? Which one would you rather make monthly payments on? If you need more information you can compare them directly right here, but please, remember to vote in the poll!

  • smartacus

    i’d have to go with Q70. At least that has some pretense of luxury
    RLX interior is decidedly down market

  • lbcorp

    I go with the Acura. Tight workmanship with Honda/Acura reliability and efficiency. Can’t beat that!

  • bd

    Except, the latest Honda/Acura models haven’t exactly been reliable (in particular, the RLX with its transmission, among other things).

  • Shiratori1

    BS

  • smartacus

    i heard about that too. Here’s a quote from CarComplaints:

    Vehicle will not shift into 3rd gear at random times – this can be when under moderate load to light load. This will limit the car to a speed to approx. 50mph, the transmission will not shift until the vehicle has slowed down 10+mph and sometimes will require you to come to a dead stop to function correctly. This has caused a handful of safety risk as you cannot force the vehicle to come to a complete stop in some instances – like merging on a highway or a highway without a shoulder. This has happened to 4 other Rlx that have been documented – Acura’s response was we don’t see it being a problem and will not authorize repairs at this time.