New & Used Infiniti QX70: In Depth
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The Infiniti QX70 may not be a familiar name to you, but you'll likely recognize its previous model name--FX--as one of the luxury brand's most striking and iconic crossovers. When it was launched more than 10 years ago, the low and aggressive lines of the FX—or the FX35, FX37, FX45, or FX50, depending on the model—and its sporty demeanor instantly drew attention to the brand.
Following Infiniti's recent model renaming strategy, what was once the FX is known as is now known as the QX70. For a full explanation, and a cheat sheet, Check out our story on Infiniti's naming strategy to find out more about these changes.
The QX70 conveys style and grace, despite the confusing title change, and it has a curvaceous exterior and warm cabin appointments. Other FX strengths inherited by the QX70 include the performance of a sport sedan, plus an all-around attitude that for a number of reasons makes it a standout versus either family-oriented premium crossovers or more truck-like luxury SUVs. Rival models have included the Acura RDX, BMW X5, Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, and Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG.
The interior of the QX70 is beautifully trimmed, with a beltline that wraps around the cabin, and rich finishes like tasteful wood trim and quilted leather. These models are delightful—as long as you're in the front seats. Back-seat space is tight, while cargo space also suffers from the rakish design (and a high cargo floor).
With a 328-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 as the standard engine (with rear- or all-wheel drive), the QX70 has strong acceleration; but those who want the strongest, quickest QX70—and the one with the most attitude—will go for the 390-horsepower V-8, which only comes with all-wheel drive. We tend to think handling is at its best in the QX70 with the V-6 and rear-wheel drive, though; that's where it feels most like a sport sedan, and V-8 models tend to feel a bit ponderous. But even then, it's all relative; the QX70 is one of the best-handling crossovers or utility vehicles of any kind, while the seven-speed automatic transmission fits the performance personality, with downshift rev-matching and steering-wheel paddle shifters.
From inside the cabin, you'll hear more engine noise than is typical with other sporty utility vehicles—although the burble and baritone of the V-8 is a pleasant soundtrack. There's quite a bit of road noise also, either on the highway or on rough surfaces, and that can detract from the otherwise high-end experience.
Prices have risen very modestly going from the 2013 Infiniti FX to the 2014 Infiniti QX70. The QX70 comes in three different models—QX70 3.7, QX70 3.7 AWD, and QX70 5.0 AWD. QX70 models top $60,000, but they include the contents of the Premium, Deluxe Touring, and Technology packages. big-ticket tech options include a lane-departure warning system, an adaptive suspension, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, and a navigation system with an especially good display and interface.
Other standalone options on the QX70 include a rear entertainment system with dual headrest monitors, roof-rail crossbars, a cargo organizer, and a Tow Package.