A stylish performer in a class that concentrates on practicality, the INFINITI QX70 remains a standout among midsize crossovers. With its sporty profile and taut handling, the QX70 seems aimed at sport sedan fanciers who might appreciate some extra cargo space -- or young families too hip for a box on wheels.
What's New For 2015
The QX70 loses its V8 engine option.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX70
The QX70 manages to pull off a hunkered-down look even through it's tall enough to qualify as a legitimate crossover. Its sleek roofline and bulged fenders hint at what we already know: the QX70 is more about sporty versatility than ferrying passengers. Rear seat room and cargo space are on the low side for this class, although we're not sure that matters to the target market.
Every QX70 is power by a 3.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower, matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature. You can stick with the standard rear-drive setup or upgrade to all-wheel drive for confidence in ugly weather. The sport-tuned suspension is firmer that you might expect, which is a compliment in this case.
Make no mistake, the QX70 is one luxurious crossover. Standard fare includes leather seating for five, a power liftgate, power-folding heated mirrors, a sunroof, bi-xenon headlamps, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system with satellite radio.
The Premium package kicks things up a notch with driver memory settings, roof rails, a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, Bluetooth audio and a navigation system with real-time traffic data and voice controls. Models so equipped can also get either a Deluxe Touring or Sport package. The Deluxe Touring features quilted leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, maple wood trim and 20-inch wheels. The Sport comes with dark exterior trim, adaptive xenon headlamps, ventilated sport seats, contrasting interior stitching and magnesium paddle shifters.
If your QX70 is equipped the Deluxe Touring or Sport package, it becomes eligible for the Technology package, which tacks on automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with active assist, and a frontal collision mitigation system.
A rear entertainment system with dual screens is available on any QX70. All other individual options pertain to cargo organization or body protection.
The Premium package ($4,300) is all you need to turn the QX70 into a fully equipped luxury vehicle. It's also mandatory if you intend to add other packages. Unless you are truly serious about performance, we would avoid the Sport package on account of its 21-inch wheels, which enhance handling but result in a too-harsh ride in our view.