2002 Infiniti Q45

  • 2002 Infiniti Q45 Base Sedan

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2002 Infiniti Q45 Review

Mixes performance and luxury into a sensibly-priced and striking package.

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The Infiniti Q45 made its debut at the 2000 New York Auto Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A voice-recognition system, which is a first for Infiniti, operates the Bose stereo, climate control, and navigation. The stereo has a multi-CD changer in the spacious glove box, along with an eight-speaker AM/FM radio and one subwoofer. Many owners feel the stereo system is one of the best features with other new feature is the placement of HID headlights, which are a high-intensity discharge type. Infiniti boasts the power of these seven-lens headlights to be the best, and at the time of its debut, Infiniti made claim that it has the most powerful headlights in the world. The seven-inch touchscreen display allows the driver to control headlight settings with cabin climate and door lock settings. The steering wheel has an elegant wood and leather trim as well as the shift knob. Audio controls mount on the steering wheel for easy access without losing focus of the road.

The 2002 Infiniti Q45 has a more powerful engine than before. The 4.5-liter V-8 can produce 340 horsepower, which generates 74 horses over previous years. The new engine couples with an automatic five-speed transmission. It can reach 60 mph in only 5.9 seconds, and the independent four-wheel suspension provides better steering, stability, and handling. These tires benefit drivers from having to change a flat tire on deserted roads and will allow the car to travel 50 miles on the flat.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti Q45

What's New

The 2002 Infiniti Q45 takes a shot at Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS, and BMW 5-Series. This model has elegance and power, just the thing to impress a mid-luxury crowd.


The 2002 Infiniti Q45's wheelbase grows to 113 inches and is now 72.6 inches wide. The length remains 199.6 inches. The aerodynamics is more efficient with the profile reshaping, and the large grille is titanium colored and wears the prominent Infiniti badge with large and distinctive taillights. The outside rearview mirrors are power-operated and have integral turn signals. It also wears 17-inch aluminum wheels, but 18-inch wheels are available in the Sport package. In addition, it includes a power glass sunroof, a rear defogger, and intermittent wipers. Eight exterior body paint colors are available.


The 2002 Infiniti Q45 can hold up to five passengers while spoiling them with leather upholstery and maple wood accents. Just about everything inside is luxurious and sophisticated, making this sedan stand apart from the crowd. The driver uses a leather-wrapped steering wheel that tilts and includes audio controls for convenience. The instrument display is unique with rounded lines and an electroluminescent glow. Luxury standard features include a power driver’s seat, automatic temperature control, cruise control, bucket seats, height-adjustable driver and passenger seat, adjustable lumbar support, remote power locks, power mirrors, power windows, and power steering. It also includes a trip computer, dual vanity mirrors, front reading lights, external temperature display, Bose eight-speaker sound system, and a multi-CD player that sits in the glove box.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Infiniti Q45 has a 4.5-liter V-8 that develops 340 horsepower, which is considerably more than previous years. It gains 74 more hp and 55 lb-ft more torque. Continuously variable valve timing and variable-length induction system boosts the engine efficiency, while the new automatic five-speed uses a manual shifting feature. Its acceleration testing proved it can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. Steering has an excellent feel with a light touch and good feedback. The Q45 can maneuver like a car through corners, while grabbing the pavement in curves. The ride comfort is above average since the suspension virtually takes away any road imperfections.


The 2002 Infiniti Q45 installs safety equipment that includes child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, side-mounted airbags, auto delay headlamps, rear and front head airbags, traction control, turn signal mirrors, electronic brake force distribution, headrests for front and rear, and front seat belt pretensioners. Anti-lock brakes and a brake assist system are also standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti Base: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Amazing stereo
  • High-tech camera
  • Blazing headlights
  • Powerful V-8

You Won't Like

  • Front resembles Hyundai
  • Navigation system a little fussy
  • Certain areas in cabin look cheap

Sum Up

Mixes performance and luxury into a sensibly-priced and striking package.

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