2014 QX70 New Car Test Drive
The 2014 Infiniti QX70 was previously known as the Infiniti FX. For 2014, Nissan's luxury division has given all of its models a new nomenclature. Now, QX indicates a sport-utility and the 70 in QX70 denotes its relative size, smaller than the QX80 (previously QX56), larger than the QX50 (formerly EX) and QX60 (previously JX). Yes, we are confused, too.
The Infiniti QX70 is a relatively large luxury crossover SUV with sporty handling and a choice of responsive engines. Originally launched as a 2003 model, it was redesigned for 2009 and gained a fresh front-end appearance for 2012. Designed for performance and style, it deftly avoids the boxy proportions of traditional SUVs. The QX70 offer some usable cargo space, but not as much back-seat room and luggage space as the boxier SUVs, in spite of its large size.
Three versions are offered for 2014: The QX70 3.7 comes with a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and rear-wheel drive; QX70 3.7 AWD has all-wheel drive; QX70 5.0 AWD features a 390-horspower 5.0-liter V8. Fuel economy for the QX70 3.7 is an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg City/Highway; the QX70 3.7 AWD is rated 16/22 mpg, and the QX70 5.0 AWD is estimated at an even less thrifty 14/20 mpg City/Highway.
The QX70 uses some of the same basic architecture as the Nissan Z and Infiniti Q60 (formerly G) two-door sports cars. Its rear-wheel-drive platform translates to impressively sporty characteristics, whether ordered with all-wheel drive or not. (Note: the QX70 has nothing in common with the Nissan Murano, which is a front-wheel-drive vehicle built on an entirely different platform.)
Primary competition for the Infiniti QX70 line comes from the rear-wheel-drive BMW X6, which costs significantly more.
There are no visual changes for 2014, with the exception of the new model-name badge. We find the wild styling of the QX70 appealing. Certainly, it's not bland. Unlike most manufacturers of crossovers and SUVs, Infiniti found a way to make its creation stand well apart from the pack, serving as a treat for the eye instead of an eyesore.
Infiniti coined the term bionic cheetah for the original FX to denote its sleek, low, stretched-out stance, and its tenacious roadholding prowess. That succinct description remains apt today, for the 2014 Infiniti QX70, summarizing its distinctively lithe and slender visual aura, as well as the fact that it approaches the best of the competition in roadholding talents.
While the exterior styling of the QX70 tends to be polarizing, its interior appears to earn approval from most observers. Touring Package cars (and the QX70 5.0 AWD), in particular, feature fine details, nicely stitched quilted leather seat upholstery, expertly stained Maple wood, and matte-finish surfaces that provide a nice respite from the chrome-plated plastic found in many other vehicles.
Technology abounds, led by the available Around View Monitor, which displays images of everything around the QX70 on the navigation display. Smart cruise control, voice-recognition navigation with real-time weather and traffic, rear-seat entertainment systems, and a host of other electronic items are available.
The 2014 Infiniti QX70 is available in three models, differentiated by engine, driveline, and equipment content. The QX70 3.7 is powered by a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 and comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (AWD). The QX70 5.0 AWD contains a 390-horsepower V8 and comes only with AWD. All models use a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The Infiniti QX70 3.7 ($45,850) and QX70 3.7 AWD ($47,300) come with power leather-appointed seats, leather-trimmed shifter and leather-wrapped manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, split-folding and reclining rear seats, moonroof, power heated folding mirrors with puddle lights, power door locks and windows, power hatch closure, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps, rear privacy glass, dark chrome grille, Intelligent key, visors with illuminated mirrors and extensions, HomeLink universal transceiver, rear-view monitor, variable intermittent front/rear wipers, trip computer, and P265/60VR18 all-season tires on 18-inch alloy wheels. Even the standard stereo is an 11-speaker Bose extravaganza.
The QX70 3.7 Premium Package ($4,300) adds a hard-drive navigation system with voice recognition, SiriusXM NavTraffic, SiriusXM NavWeather, Zagat restaurant guide, 8-inch touch-screen display, in-dash CD/DVD player, Bluetooth wireless technology with streaming audio, Around View Monitor with moving object detection and front/rear park-assist sonar system, dual-occupant memory system, reverse tilt-down mirrors, power tilt/telescopic steering column, and aluminum roof rails.
The QX70 3.7 Deluxe Touring Package ($3,300) upgrades with maple interior accents, aluminum pedals, a cargo tonneau cover, and P265/50VR20 all-season tires, and leather-appointed climate-controlled front seats. Premium Package is required, along with the Deluxe Touring Package.
The QX70 3.7 Technology Package ($2,950) bundles advanced safety systems including Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning; Lane Departure Prevention; Lane Departure Warning; Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts; Intelligent Cruise Control; Distance Control Assist; rain-sensing front windshield wipers; Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS); and auto-leveling headlights.
The Infiniti QX70 5.0 AWD ($62,400) comes with all the features of the QX70 3.7 AWD with Premium package, plus the V8 engine and AWD, larger brakes, and 265/45R21 tires on 21-inch alloy wheels. The aluminum roof rails are polished. The QX70 5.0 AWD also adds an automatic entry-exit feature to the power steering column, and features Infiniti's Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier, auto-recirculation, and a grape polyphenol filter.
The QX70 5.0 AWD Sport Technology Package ($6,250) features an adaptive Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension; active rear steering; intelligent cruise control; Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning; Distance Control Assist; Adaptive Front Lighting; rain-sensing wipers; front pre-crash seatbelts; upgraded front sport seats; magnesium shift paddles; and dark tinted headlight housings, side air vents and lower side trim.
Port-installed options include DVD monitors in both rear headrests ($1,540), a tow package ($725) consisting of Class II hardware and a four-pin harness, roof rail crossbars ($340), and a cargo organizer/protector ($240). Also available: a tonneau cover ($400), illuminated kick plates ($440), splash guards ($175), rear bumper protector ($270), and cargo net with First Aid kit ($95).
Safety equipment includes dual-stage front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, stability control with traction control and antilock brakes, and tire pressure monitors. Available all-wheel drive can enhance safety in adverse conditions.