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1997 Infiniti Q45

  • 1997 Infiniti Q45 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      266/278
    • ENGINE
      4.1L V8
    • MSRP
      $47,900
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1997 Infiniti Q45 Review

Competes with BMW and Mercedes at a bargain.

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Overview

The 1997 Infiniti Q45 is the flagship model for this prestigious auto manufacturer. With style, power, and luxury, it doesn't carry a lot of optional features since it's most likely already built in as standard equipment. Surprisingly, given the quantity of built in features and equipment, it has a fairly modest price tag. However, a high price tag is expected just like anything in the near-luxury market, but there are very few vehicles that offer the same features for the same price tag. In many cases, other vehicles might beat the Q45 on base price but become significantly more expensive due to the need for optional equipment.

The 1997 Infiniti Q45 is available in two different models. The base model is a powerful, well-equipped vehicle, no matter what optional equipment is added. The Touring adds few additional amenities like a sports suspension to help augment performance.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.1-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti Q45, Infiniti Q45 Touring

What's New

The 1997 Infiniti Q45 is almost completely redesigned from the previous year’s model.

Exterior

The 1997 Infiniti Q45 is a fairly large sedan, measuring at 199.2 inches long. However, compared to many near-luxury vehicles, it's about average size and smaller than many other options including some older Q45 models. It has the slightly angular, conservative design that is common with all Infiniti models: stylish and distinctive. The Q45 is immediately recognizable as a luxury vehicle.

Interior

The 1997 Infiniti Q45, even with the base model, offers a wide range of luxury amenities. Standard equipment includes keyless entry, lighted entry, anti-theft alarm system, power moonroof, leather seating, power antenna, auto-dim mirrors, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, cruise control, power seats, leather trimmed tilt-steering wheel, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, Bose audio, AM/FM radio, cassette player, and a CD player. Heated seats are available as optional equipment. Meanwhile, the Touring adds leather trim to its list of standard equipment.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Infiniti Q45 has amazing performance, even compared to the highly competitive near-luxury sedan market. The 4.1-liter eight-cylinder engine is capable of delivering 266 horsepower, which allows it to accelerate quickly and reach a higher than normal top speed. In fact, it has more power under its hood than some trucks and sport utility vehicles. The handling is similarly excellent, and it even handles well in slippery conditions.

Safety

The 1997 Inifiniti Q45 includes safety features such as dual-front airbags, side-front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard features on all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti Q45: 16/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride and excellent handling
  • Elegant, spacious cabin
  • Anti-lock brakes are a standard feature
  • Good value for near-luxury vehicle
  • Powerful eight-cylinder engine

You Won't Like

  • Tough competition

Sum Up

Competes with BMW and Mercedes at a bargain.

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