Infiniti QX60 vs. Infiniti QX70

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - January 18, 2017

The Infiniti crossover lineup can get a little confusing, as it has a handful of sporty models in the QX30, QX50 and QX70, but its QX60 and QX80 models are much more traditional. Despite obvious differences, buyers sometimes find themselves comparing the QX70 and QX60 at dealerships.

To help ease your decision, we looked into both models and leafed through all their specs and features, and found that one model stood out as the better crossover for the average family. Continue reading to learn which we think is best.

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What the QX70 Gets Right

The QX70 is a more manageable vehicle to drive, thanks to its slightly smaller footprint and more responsive steering. The latter also combines with the sportier suspension tune for a more inspired, entertaining drive.

Under its hood, the QX70’s 3.7-liter 325-horsepower engine delivers more power than the QX60, giving it a superior 0-to-60 time.

For buyers looking for a sportier crossover, the QX70 is your model. It not only looks the part with its long hood and short overhangs, but its powertrain and chassis play the part too.

What the QX60 Gets Right

The QX60 gets an immediate leg up with its slightly lower base price, leaving a little room for options.

Thanks to its larger body, the QX60 has room for up to seven passengers, though its third row is a little tight on legroom. The second row, however, has tons of space with up to 41.7 inches of legroom -- far more than the 34.6 inches of rear legroom in the QX70 -- making it great for large (or growing) families. With all the seats folded, you have 76.5 cubic feet of room for cargo, which easily beats the the 62 cubic feet in the QX70.

The QX60 is also a more capable towing machine, thanks to its 5,000-pound capacity.

Despite its lower base price, the QX60 has a few more high-end standard features than the QX70, including three-zone climate control, a moonroof, and more.

Finally, though it lacks a bit in power, the QX60’s less powerful V6 and continuously variable transmission team up to deliver superior fuel economy at 21 miles per gallon city and 27 mpg highway.

Sporty and Family-Friendly Don’t Mix Well

The QX70 has sportiness in its favor, but its tiny cabin, tight rear seat legroom and limited cargo room leave the typical family desiring a lot more. The QX70 is for buyers seeking a sportier and better handling crossover – families need not apply.

Verdict: Infiniti QX60

Oddly enough, the less expensive model simply has more to offer in this case, giving the QX60 the victory in this head-to-head competition.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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