There may be no better thrill in life than maneuvering a finely tuned, luxury coupe through traffic. Two of the more notable convertible entries into this category are the 2014 INFINITI Q60 and the Lexus IS 350 C. Driving around Denville, NJ with the top down is the ideal way to spend a summer afternoon, but which of these cars delivers the best experience?
Admiring the Two Contenders
Both of these vehicles benefit from exclusive designs; INFINITI is the luxury division of Nissan, and Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota. Both of these luxury performance cars are available with large rims that accent their silhouettes well. However, the Sports package on the Q60 is available with 19-inch wheels and summer performance tires. The largest rims available on the IS 350 are the 18-inch rims that come on the F sport packages. With the tops up or down, either of these cars makes quite a statement in traffic. This category would have been a tie if not for the larger available rims on the Q60. INFINITI takes this battle, but the war is far from over.
Both vehicles feature backseats, but, for all intents and purposes, they’re two-seaters. There have been complaints about their tiny backseats, but these are best suited for extra cargo space. Neither of these cars offers much in the way of trunk space when the automatic hard tops are retracted, so the backseats are ideal for hauling groceries or golf clubs. The 2.4 cubic feet of trunk space on the IS 350 C beats the 1.9 cubic feet offered by the Q60 with the top down.
The Q60 features such modern amenities as Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, and automatic dual zone climate control. The IS 350 is available with a 12-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system with surround sound. Both vehicles feature a six-CD changer and iPod/USB connectivity, so it’s possible to play music stored on a phone or tablet. It’s difficult to declare one of these vehicles inferior to the other, but the six extra inches of cubic space in the IS 350’s trunk give it the slight advantage.
Behind the Wheels of the Contenders
The IS 350 gets the early advantage for averaging 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway. Both of these marks are one higher than the Q60’s averages. Both models feature powerful V6 engines. The IS 350 puts out 350 horses, accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. The 3.7-liter, 343-horsepower engine of the Q60 propels it from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds flat. If not for the Nissan 370Z-inspired handling of the Q60, this category would be too close to call. In one of the closest comparisons that can be made, the convertible Q60 edges out the Lexus IS 350 C convertible.
Salerno Duane INFINITI is the ideal place to test drive a 2014 INFINITI Q60. Located at 3103 Rt. 10 in East Denville, Salerno Duane provides the ultimate luxury car-buying experience. Everything from subcompacts like the Q60 to SUVs like the Qx60 can be found at this one, all-inclusive dealership. Locating the dealership is a breeze; directions can be found online.