A rebel among luxury crossovers, the midsize INFINITI QX70 prioritizes style and performance over practicality. With its hunkered-down looks and taut handling, the QX70 could be a perfect match for sport sedan fanciers who need to carry cargo on occasion.

Pricing and Equipment

  • The QX70 comes in a single trim level priced at $45,850 with rear-wheel drive, or $47,300 with all-wheel drive. Included in the base price are features such a leather seating, a sunroof, a rearview camera, and an 11-speaker Bose sound system.
  • The $4,300 Premium package tacks on a navigation system and additional safety technology, including a surround-view camera setup with moving object detection.
  • Premium-equipped models can also get a $3,650 Technology package featuring adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, lane keeping assist, and front collision mitigation.
  • You can further define the QX70's personality with a choice of trim packages: Sport ($3,550) and Deluxe Touring ($3,300). The Sport package adds dark-finish trim throughout, ventilated front sport seats, and unique 21-inch wheels. Deluxe Touring models also get special wheels (20-inch) and climate-controlled front seats, plus quilted leather upholstery, maple interior trim, and a hard cargo cover.

Performance Pros


Every QX70 carries a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 325 horsepower and a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Performance highlights include:

  • Handling/Steering: The QX70 is simply one of the best-handling crossovers available at any price. It feels just as quick and precise as some sport sedans of similar price.
  • Transmission: Shifts are smooth and precise, and power is readily available when you call for it.
  • Acceleration: The V6 takes the QX70 from zero to 60 mph in a quick 6.2 seconds.

Performance Cons

  • The QX70's ride is firmer than you might expect for a luxury vehicle, and can even interfere with passenger comfort with the optional 20- or 21-inch wheels installed.
  • While the QX70 achieves a respectable 24 mpg on the highway, efficiency drops to 17 mpg around town, or 16 mpg with all-wheel drive. That's more like what we would expect from a larger crossover or SUV.

Interior Pros

  • Even in standard trim, the interior looks rich and elegant. It becomes downright opulent when dressed in the available quilted leather and maple trim.
  • There's no room for the smallest nitpick when it comes to interior fit and finish. Assembly quality is first-rate throughout.

Interior Cons

  • The rear accommodations are unusually tight for a crossover of this size. Long trips are best limited to two passengers.
  • Cargo space trails most competitors and the floor is too high for convenient loading.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

We genuinely enjoyed driving the QX70, more so than any crossover in recent memory.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Despite its ample exterior dimensions and weight, the QX70 is simply too snug inside to be a viable family vehicle.

The Bottom Line

The QX70 performs brilliantly as a plush lifestyle vehicle for couples and singles who aren't ready to settle down.