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.
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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