2002 Infiniti Q45 Luxury Sedan (399)

Overview:
This week we look at the Infiniti Q45 Luxury Sedan. This car with the Premium Package will do as much and more for you than any car out there, except maybe a James Bond car.

You can razzle-dazzle me with high tech any day, and finally all this computer stuff is “user friendly” (to use an overused term). What it really means is that you don’t need your kids to show you how to use the stuff.

The Q continues to be a contender in the Luxury Field since being introduced in 1990, even though styling is still a little bland. It is elegant but unexciting. It simply is not a \”head turner\” kind of car, but I doubt people who’ll spend this kind of money for transportation want or crave attention.

General Info:

Parts – Japan

Assembly – Japan

Class: – Mid-size

Cars: – G35, I35, Q45, QX4

Handling & Performance:

At 3,800 pounds the Q45 does 0-60 mph in about 6 seconds. All-independent suspension provides a smooth ride. Rear-wheel-drive allows better balance and handling. And it does all with a near sporty performance level because of the various control features like Traction and Dynamic controls, ABS and Electric brake force distribution.

Styling:

New and better.

Fit and Finish:

Very nice, clean and elegant.

Conveniences:

A lot is standard and adequate from yesterdays technology, but for the Intelligent Cruise control, Navigation system, rear view monitor, rear seat controls for audio, air and heat, heated reclining seats and door shades, collectively referred to as the “Premium Package” you’ll have to pop for $9,000 more than the MSRP noted below. Ouch. Other options include voice commands for the audio, climate control and navigation system settings. Adaptive Cruise Control, which uses laser sensors, the brakes and throttle to maintain a set distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. You can also have 17-inch run-flat tires capable of being driven 50 miles after a puncture at speeds up to 55 mph.

Cost:

Even considering the premium package for $9,000, high tech has taken this car to a new level for luxury sedans. Total price with just about every gadget offered by any manufacturer in 2002, comes to about $60 grand.

Consumer Recommendation:

If you’re in the market for a true luxury car, this has to be among the cars you test drive. I was impressed; I think you will be too.

Manufacturer Recommendations:

I don’t believe drivers really want a manual shift mode on their automatic transmission. Why waste the money for an appendage?

The Competition:

(4) Infiniti Q45 $50,500, (3) Acura RL $43-45,000, (6) Audi A8 $62-67,000, (2) BMW 7 Series $68-72,000, (1) Cadillac Seville $44-50,000, (7) Jaguar XJ Series $56-78,000, (5) Lexus LS 430 $54,405, (8) Mercedes Benz S-Class $72-115,000.

Good News:

Great high tech features that are actually beneficial, luxurious, fast, good gas performance.

Bad News:

Confusing controls take some getting used to,

Standard Equipment:

4.5 liter 340 horsepower V8 engine, 5-speed auto trans, independent suspension, speed sensitive power steering, 4-wheel power ABS brakes, vehicle dynamic control, traction control, cruise control, auto headlights, power / tilt sunroof, power mirrors, voice recognition, computer, tire pressure monitor, audio system with cassette and 6-disc CD changer, analog clock, leather, power seats with driver memory, genuine wood trim and leather and wood steering wheel and shift knob, power windows, dual zone climate control, HomeLink transceiver, dual front and side air bags, rear side airbags, child seat anchors, vehicle immobilizer system and remote keyless entry.

Gas Stats:

17 City and 25 Highway MPG.

Pricing:

MSRP $50,500.

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