Infiniti QX70

2016 Infiniti QX70

The Infiniti QX70 is a luxurious midsize crossover SUV that offers sporty driving dynamics, sleek, coupe-like looks, and classy interior appointments. The QX70 comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Formerly called the FX, this second-generation version was introduced as a 2009 model and was renamed QX70 for 2014. Little has changed for the 2016 model year, and it is aging.

One of the most driver-focused crossovers on the market, the QX70 not only looks sporty, it feels exactly that way on the road. Benefitting from a frisky powertrain, its one of few crossover models that feels right at home when easing expertly through mountain curves. Part of the reason is that it is rear-wheel drive and shares some of its basic structure with the Nissan Z sports car.

Like the BMW X5, the QX70 is not especially space-efficient. Instead, it ranks among the best-executed merging of sleek lines with wagon practicality, flaunting sumptuous body sheetmetal below its rakish roofline.

Despite the QX70s many virtues, a few flaws temper its appeal. The back seat is short on head and leg room, and an overabundance of buttons might annoy. Gas mileage is nothing to brag about, either. Furthermore, the price to be paid for such satisfying handling is a firm ride. With optional low-profile tires, it can turn into choppiness on urban Interstates.

Nissans 3.7-liter V6 is a great engine, the same as whats found in the Z, but it isnt quite as smooth as some. With 325 horsepower, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a bit more than seven seconds, not slow but not blazingly quick due to the weight of the QX70. Fitted with a Sport mode and rev-matching, the 7-speed automatic transmission shifts promptly and smoothly.

Technology is a strong point. A QX70 can be equipped with an adaptive suspension, quilted leather upholstery, and heated/ventilated seats. The navigation system has a particularly good interface and display. Rear-seat DVD entertainment is an option.

Infiniti offers an extensive list of standard and available safety equipment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the QX70 its top Good rating for moderate front-overlap and rear impacts.


2015 Infiniti QX70

All 2015 Infiniti QX70 models come with a 3.7-liter V6 engine. (The 5.0-liter V8 option is no longer available.) Last redesigned for 2009, the large crossover SUV based on the Nissan Z architecture is not significantly changed for 2015.

Nissans luxury division gave all of its models new nomenclature phased across the 2014 and 2015 model years. The QX prefix indicates a sport-utility vehicle, and the 70 in QX70 denotes its relative size: Formerly known as FX, the QX70 is smaller than QX80 (previously QX56), larger than QX60 (previously JX) and QX50 (formerly EX). All 2015 QX70 models are QX70 3.7 models.

An optional Sport Package, new for 2015 QX70 models, includes dark-finish exterior accents and 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, holding 265/45VR21 tires. Also in the 2015 Infiniti QX70 Sport Package are climate-controlled sport seats with manual thigh extenders and contrast stitching, four-way power bolster adjustment, aluminum pedals, adaptive front lighting, and magnesium paddle shifters. Otherwise, QX70 is unchanged from the 2014 models.

The QX70 uses rear-wheel drive, the QX70 AWD has all-wheel drive. Vehicles based on rear-wheel drive generally have sportier handling than those based on a front-wheel drive layout, and that holds true for the QX70. QX70 uses some of the same basic architecture as the Nissan Z and Infiniti Q60 two-door sports cars and Infiniti Q40 sedan. Its rear-wheel-drive platform translates to impressively sporty characteristics, whether ordered with all-wheel drive or not.

The Infiniti QX70 is a relatively large luxury crossover SUV that delivers sporty handling and a responsive engine. Designed for performance and style, the Infiniti QX70 avoids the boxy proportions of traditional SUVs. The QX70 offers some usable cargo space, but not as much back-seat room and luggage space as the boxier SUVs, in spite of its large size.

Fuel economy for the 2015 Infiniti QX70 is an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg City/Highway; the 2015 QX70 AWD is rated 16/22 mpg.

Primary competition for the Infiniti QX70 comes from the rear-wheel-drive BMW X6, which costs significantly more.

We find the wild styling of the QX70 appealing, though not everyone agrees; its something of a love/hate question. Unlike most manufacturers of crossovers and SUVs, Infiniti found a way to make its creation stand apart from the pack. This vehicle is not bland.

Infiniti coined the term bionic cheetah for the original FX to denote its sleek, low, stretched-out stance, as well as its tenacious roadholding prowess. That succinct description remains for the current Infiniti QX70, summarizing its distinctively lithe and slender visual aura, coupled with the fact that it approaches the best of the competition in roadholding talents.

While the exterior styling of the QX70 tends to be polarizing, its interior appears to earn approval from most observers. Touring Package cars, in particular, feature fine details, nicely stitched quilted leather seat upholstery, expertly stained maple wood, and matte-finish surfaces that provide a nice respite from the chrome-plated plastic found in many other vehicles.

Technology abounds, led by the available Around View Monitor, which displays images of everything around the QX70 on the navigation display. Smart cruise control, voice-recognition navigation with real-time weather and traffic, rear-seat entertainment systems, and a host of other electronic items are available.


2014 Infiniti QX70

The 2014 Infiniti QX70 was previously known as the Infiniti FX. For 2014, Nissan's luxury division has given all of its models a new nomenclature. Now, QX indicates a sport-utility and the 70 in QX70 denotes its relative size, smaller than the QX80 (previously QX56), larger than the QX50 (formerly EX) and QX60 (previously JX). Yes, we are confused, too.

The Infiniti QX70 is a relatively large luxury crossover SUV with sporty handling and a choice of responsive engines. Originally launched as a 2003 model, it was redesigned for 2009 and gained a fresh front-end appearance for 2012. Designed for performance and style, it deftly avoids the boxy proportions of traditional SUVs. The QX70 offer some usable cargo space, but not as much back-seat room and luggage space as the boxier SUVs, in spite of its large size.

Three versions are offered for 2014: The QX70 3.7 comes with a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive; QX70 3.7 AWD has all-wheel drive; QX70 5.0 AWD features a 390-horspower 5.0-liter V8. Fuel economy for the QX70 3.7 is an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg City/Highway; the QX70 3.7 AWD is rated 16/22 mpg, and the QX70 5.0 AWD is estimated at an even less thrifty 14/20 mpg City/Highway.

The QX70 uses some of the same basic architecture as the Nissan Z and Infiniti Q60 (formerly G) two-door sports cars. Its rear-wheel-drive platform translates to impressively sporty characteristics, whether ordered with all-wheel drive or not. (Note: the QX70 has nothing in common with the Nissan Murano, which is a front-wheel-drive vehicle built on an entirely different platform.)

Primary competition for the Infiniti QX70 line comes from the rear-wheel-drive BMW X6, which costs significantly more.

There are no visual changes for 2014, with the exception of the new model-name badge. We find the wild styling of the QX70 appealing. Certainly, it's not bland. Unlike most manufacturers of crossovers and SUVs, Infiniti found a way to make its creation stand well apart from the pack, serving as a treat for the eye instead of an eyesore.

Infiniti coined the term bionic cheetah for the original FX to denote its sleek, low, stretched-out stance, and its tenacious roadholding prowess. That succinct description remains apt today, for the 2014 Infiniti QX70, summarizing its distinctively lithe and slender visual aura, as well as the fact that it approaches the best of the competition in roadholding talents.

While the exterior styling of the QX70 tends to be polarizing, its interior appears to earn approval from most observers. Touring Package cars (and the QX70 5.0 AWD), in particular, feature fine details, nicely stitched quilted leather seat upholstery, expertly stained Maple wood, and matte-finish surfaces that provide a nice respite from the chrome-plated plastic found in many other vehicles.

Technology abounds, led by the available Around View Monitor, which displays images of everything around the QX70 on the navigation display. Smart cruise control, voice-recognition navigation with real-time weather and traffic, rear-seat entertainment systems, and a host of other electronic items are available.


 

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