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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - March 29, 2016


Formerly known as the INFINITI FX, this midsize premium crossover adopted the QX70 designation when the company changed its model-naming scheme in 2014. Long considered a standout in its class, the sporty-profiled, unabashedly muscular-looking QX70 qualifies as a stylish performer—in a vehicle class that ordinarily focused almost wholly on practical qualities.

In fact, this crossover almost seems like it’s aimed at buyers who might otherwise select a sport sedan, but need some additional cargo space. It’s also a logical choice for young families who see themselves as too sophisticated for a crossover that looks like a box on wheels.

What's New for 2016

The QX70 is a carryover, with no significant changes.

Choosing Your INFINITI QX70

Not many vehicles demonstrate such a “hunkered-down” look, even though the QX70 is tall enough to qualify as a fully legitimate crossover. Bulged fenders and a sleek roofline add to its distinctive appeal, clearly suggesting that the QX70 isn’t merely a means for hauling passengers. It’s about sporty versatility—though in reality, back-seat room and cargo space fall on the low side for vehicles in this category.

Only one trim level is offered, with standard rear-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. The latter is a wise choice for driving confidence in harsh weather, providing more of a sure-footed grip on imperfect, if not slippery, road surfaces.

Under the hood, a 3.7-liter V6 engine develops 325 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than sufficient to propel the QX70 with ease, whether in town or out on the interstates. Acceleration from a standstill to 60 mph takes less than six seconds. The seven-speed automatic transmission incorporates a manual-shift provision.

The QX70's sport-tuned suspension is firmer than might be expected. That’s actually a benefit, enhancing the crossover’s kinship with the road.

By any measure, this is one luxurious crossover. Standard features include leather-upholstered seating for five, a power liftgate, power-folding heated mirrors, a sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, a rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system with satellite radio.

  • An available Premium package adds driver memory settings, roof rails, a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, Bluetooth audio, and a navigation system with real-time traffic information and voice controls.
  • Models with the Premium group 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 package has dark exterior trim, adaptive xenon headlights, ventilated sport seats, contrasting interior stitching, aluminum pedals, 21-inch wheels, and magnesium paddle shifters.
  • A Technology package adds automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with active assist, and a frontal collision mitigation system. Only QX70s with a Deluxe Touring or Sport package can get the Technology group.

A rear entertainment system with dual screens is available on any QX70. All other individual options pertain to cargo organization or body protection.

CarsDirect Tip

Pricing starts at $46,845 (including destination charge), but typical buyers aren’t likely to stop there. Adding the Premium package transforms the QX70 into a fully-equipped luxury vehicle. Besides, it's mandatory if you intend to add other option groups. Unless performance is your primary goal, we’d avoid the Sport package because of its 21-inch wheels. They enhance handling, but result in an overly harsh ride.

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