Infiniti Q70 Aces Small Overlap Front Crash Test, Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

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Thanks to a "good" overall evaluation and the Top Safety Pick+ award, the 2014 - 2015 Infiniti Q70 is the safest car the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested recently. In comparison, the Infiniti Q70 trumped the 2014 model year Lincoln MKS' "poor" rating and the BMW 5 Series sedan's "marginal."
The Infiniti M Japanese luxury sports sedan was renamed Q70 beginning with the 2014 model year and it's available with either a V6, a V8 or as a hybrid. Compared to the 2013 Infiniti M, the 2014 Q70 adds minor changes to the front airbags and seat belts.

Equipped with the optional Technology Package that adds safety features such as Forward Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning, the Infiniti Q70 offered good levels of protection at the small overlap front crash test. Nevertheless, the Institute awarded the structure and safety cage an "average."

Safety experts explain that the Q70's driver space was maintained reasonably well, with max intrusion at the parking brake pedal (22 cm), while the lower hinge pillar moved roughly 15 centimeters. As for the upper interior, intrusion measured 8 to 9 centimeters at the hinge pillar and instrument panel.

The 3,859-pound luxury sedan kept the crash test dummy out of harm's way, measurements indicating low risks of any significant injuries in a similar crash situation. Alas, the dummy’s movements were well controlled, with the head loading the frontal airbag, while the side curtain airbag deployed appropriately and offered sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from the side structure and outside objects.

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