The Premium includes 18-inch wheels vs. It also comes with the navigation system and Infiniti's Intelligent Cruise Control designed to maintain a set following distance from other traffic. As is common to the class, comprehensive safety equipment is standard. Other options include a rear-view camera system and distance-sensing cruise control. An optional voice-activated system allows the driver to control audio, climate-control, and navigation functions. An in-dash screen shows audio, climate, and trip-computer functions; it also serves as the display for the available navigation system and, when the transmission is in Reverse, the new rearview camera. Its powerful V8 engine delivers excellent performance and makes a wonderful growl.
The Q has a smooth, refined V8, but the ride and handling of this big rear-drive sedan are not quite world class. The interior is trimmed in leather and wood and includes front side airbags and head-protecting curtain side airbags. The car suffers from poor design and the use of cheap parts in building it. The Q was completely redesigned last year for 2002. A Journey option for the Luxury adds the intelligent cruise control, navigation system, and run-flat tires. An optional voice-activated system allows the driver to control audio, climate-control, and navigation functions.
The Mercedes has never had parts fail like this and compared to the legendary reliability of the Lexus the Infinity is junk. . Premium models come standard with satellite radio and climate-controlled front seats. Heated front seats, puddle lamps, and a full-size spare tire are now standard on all 2003 Q45s. Rear-seat room is also disappointing.
It's balanced well for driving on twisting roads and it's very stable at high speeds. For 2003, the Q45 gets a number of refinements, including a numerically higher final-drive ratio for quicker acceleration. More standard equipment has been added to both Q45 models this year. If reliability and cost of repairs is important to you steer clear of this brand. As is common to the class, comprehensive safety equipment is standard. The suspension is harsh and noisy and the car in general does not meet the comfort standards of the competition.
The Q has a smooth, refined V8, but the ride and handling of this big rear-drive sedan are not quite world class. Its ride quality is firm yet sophisticated. The Q45 has a 4. Mastering this system takes patience, practice, and a good deal of frustration. It is not even close to a Lexus or Mercedes.
Rear-seat room is also disappointing. I drive a Mercedes 500 S and the Infinity is not even close to the Mercedes when you compare the cars for comfort and safety. Mastering this system takes patience, practice, and a good deal of frustration. The reliability of the Infinity has been horrible. It has good performance, but that's where the positives end.
Luxury and uplevel Premium models are offered. Q45 has voice control for audio, climate, and navigation functions. The cruise control is a joke with the computer mounted below the front bumper where it is exposed to the elements. My son owns a Lexus which I have driven and the Infinity falls short again. . . .
. . . . . .
. . . . . .