Performance crossovers are common in the luxury car world, and the INFINITI QX70 is one of the best – and oldest – performers in its segment. But that ability comes at the expense of roominess and comfort.

Can the 2017 INFINITI QX70 overcome its shortcomings to draw in buyers looking or more than just a nimble crossover? Continue reading to find out.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2017 INFINITI QX70 has no trim levels, so its price range is very narrow at $46,885 for the front-wheel-drive model and $48,645 for the all-wheel-drive model (both prices include a $995 destination fee).

The 2017 QX70 comes standard with:

  • 18-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • HID headlights
  • Moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Bose 11-speaker audio system
  • USB port

Because there are no trim levels to choose from, INFINITI offers plenty of packages to spice up the QX70. The most popular option is going to be the Premium Package, which runs $4,300 and adds navigation, a 360-degree camera, driver seat memory, Bluetooth audio streaming, and front and rear park assist.

To take things even further, there are Sport and Limited packages, which run $3,550 and $5,000, respectively, and require the Premium Package. The Sport Package adds 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, a black headliner, contrast stitching, power-adjustable seat bolsters, and paddle shifters. The Limited Package includes 21-inch wheels, ventilated seats, open-pore wood trim, a dark headliner, dark-finish taillights and mirror housings, and high-contrast door trim.

Finally, the Technology Package comes in at $3,350 and requires either the Sport or Limited Package. This package adds an array of tech goodies, including adaptive cruise, forward collision warning with automatic braking, rain-sensing wipers, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and adaptive headlights.

Regardless of the optional packages, the 2017 INFINITI QX70 comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission and a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 325 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

Performance Pros

  • Handles more like a sedan than a crossover.
  • Leaps to 60 mph quickly with minimal effort.
  • Transmission shifts quickly while remaining smooth.

Performance Cons

  • Tight chassis results in too firm of a ride for some.
  • Optional all-wheel drive’s extra weight significantly tones down the QX70's nimbleness.
  • Standard all-season tires struggle in snowy climates.
  • Rivals from Porsche, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz offer more outright speed/performance.

Interior Pros

  • Quilted leather and the choice of wood or black trim is inviting.
  • Tons of desirable standard features and plenty of options.
  • Front seats are plenty comfortable in all driving conditions.

Interior Cons

  • Very tight rear seats with only 34.6 inches of leg room and 38.5 inches of head room.
  • Instrument panel is cluttered and very button-heavy.
  • Cabin noise is excessive for a luxury crossover.
  • Infotainment system hasn't aged well.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While INFINITI is no stranger to creating great-handling vehicles, the QX70 is perhaps the most impressive take on Nissan's FM platform. Shared with the Nissan 370Z and INFINITI Q50, the QX70 feels like it has more than a little of those sporty models' spirit in its angry sheetmetal.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Crossovers, even sporty ones, should be able to handle adults and teens in their back seats. Unfortunately, the QX70 does this very poorly – tight leg and headroom can barely accommodate someone taller than 5-foot-7.

The Bottom Line

The INFINITI QX70 targets buyers looking for a sporty crossover with superior performance. But its lack of room in the rear seats for even below-average-height adults and newer, more spacious, and more powerful rivals will push most mainstream buyers in a different direction.