2015 QX70 New Car Test Drive
All 2015 INFINITI QX70 models come with a 3.7-liter V6 engine. (The 5.0-liter V8 option is no longer available.) Last redesigned for 2009, the large crossover SUV based on the Nissan Z architecture is not significantly changed for 2015.
Nissan's luxury division gave all of its models new nomenclature phased across the 2014 and 2015 model years. The QX prefix indicates a sport-utility vehicle, and the 70 in QX70 denotes its relative size: Formerly known as FX, the QX70 is smaller than QX80 (previously QX56), larger than QX60 (previously JX) and QX50 (formerly EX). All 2015 QX70 models are QX70 3.7 models.
An optional Sport Package, new for 2015 QX70 models, includes dark-finish exterior accents and 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, holding 265/45VR21 tires. Also in the 2015 INFINITI QX70 Sport Package are climate-controlled sport seats with manual thigh extenders and contrast stitching, four-way power bolster adjustment, aluminum pedals, adaptive front lighting, and magnesium paddle shifters. Otherwise, QX70 is unchanged from the 2014 models.
The QX70 uses rear-wheel drive, the QX70 AWD has all-wheel drive. Vehicles based on rear-wheel drive generally have sportier handling than those based on a front-wheel drive layout, and that holds true for the QX70. QX70 uses some of the same basic architecture as the Nissan Z and INFINITI Q60 two-door sports cars and INFINITI Q40 sedan. Its rear-wheel-drive platform translates to impressively sporty characteristics, whether ordered with all-wheel drive or not.
The INFINITI QX70 is a relatively large luxury crossover SUV that delivers sporty handling and a responsive engine. Designed for performance and style, the INFINITI QX70 avoids the boxy proportions of traditional SUVs. The QX70 offers some usable cargo space, but not as much back-seat room and luggage space as the boxier SUVs, in spite of its large size.
Fuel economy for the 2015 INFINITI QX70 is an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg City/Highway; the 2015 QX70 AWD is rated 16/22 mpg.
Primary competition for the INFINITI QX70 comes from the rear-wheel-drive BMW X6, which costs significantly more.
We find the wild styling of the QX70 appealing, though not everyone agrees; it's something of a love/hate question. Unlike most manufacturers of crossovers and SUVs, INFINITI found a way to make its creation stand apart from the pack. This vehicle is not bland.
INFINITI coined the term bionic cheetah for the original FX to denote its sleek, low, stretched-out stance, as well as its tenacious roadholding prowess. That succinct description remains for the current INFINITI QX70, summarizing its distinctively lithe and slender visual aura, coupled with 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, 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 2015 INFINITI QX70 is available in two models, differentiated by driveline. The QX70 3.7 is powered by a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 and comes with rear-wheel drive; the QX70 3.7 AWD has all-wheel drive. Both 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 front seats (10-way for driver, 8-way for passenger), leather-wrapped shifter and 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 courtesy lights, power door locks and windows, power rear liftgate, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps, rear privacy glass, chrome grille, Intelligent key, visors with illuminated mirrors and extensions, compass, analog clock, 7-inch information display, 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, 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 wood interior accents, aluminum pedals, a cargo tonneau cover, quilted leather-appointed climate-controlled front seats, and P265/50VR20 all-season tires. The 2015 QX70 3.7 Sport Package ($3,550) includes dark-finish exterior accents and 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, adaptive front lighting, climate-controlled sport front seats with manual thigh extenders and contrast stitching, four-way power bolster, aluminum pedals, and magnesium paddle shifters. 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.
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), black roof rail crossbars ($400), 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.