2015 Infiniti QX70 Performance

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Not only does the QX70 move quickly from light to light, but it's also one the best-handling crossovers on the market today. It's built on a sports sedan chassis, and drives with a level of poise that's almost entirely unfamiliar to this segment.

Despite the chunky curb weight (4,200 pounds minimum), the QX70 handles as if it's considerably lighter, and they have a sense of poise and balance on a curvy road that's better than most other SUVs and crossovers.

The luscious available V-8 aside, handling is where the QX70 stands out -- although it's at the sacrifice of ride quality.

The QX70 also offers an adaptive set of shocks along with an active rear-steer system, which come with 21-inch wheels; these upgrades add cost and complexity, and don't necessarily net the major handling gains to justify either.

 The QX70 is one vehicle that's at its best in base form, in our opinion; adding all-wheel drive piles on a couple hundred pounds, and if it's all-weather traction you need, you're probably better off getting something a little less performance-oriented. Beware that the systems still have a rear bias, plus low-profile performance tires, so the FX isn't a great Snow Belt crossover. We've also noted that AWD models have a somewhat less communicative steering feel.

Throughout the model line, a seven-speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly; there's also a sport mode and rev matching. Left in D, the QX70 doesn't go out of its way to snap off downshifts until you're more than a quarter-deep into the throttle--where it lets out a rasp and leaps forward with some mild shift shock.

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