2016 QX70 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX70 is a luxurious midsize crossover SUV that offers sporty driving dynamics, sleek, coupe-like looks, and classy interior appointments. The QX70 comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Formerly called the FX, this second-generation version was introduced as a 2009 model and was renamed QX70 for 2014. Little has changed for the 2016 model year, and it is aging.
One of the most driver-focused crossovers on the market, the QX70 not only looks sporty, it feels exactly that way on the road. Benefitting from a frisky powertrain, it's one of few crossover models that feels right at home when easing expertly through mountain curves. Part of the reason is that it is rear-wheel drive and shares some of its basic structure with the Nissan Z sports car.
Like the BMW X5, the QX70 is not especially space-efficient. Instead, it ranks among the best-executed merging of sleek lines with wagon practicality, flaunting sumptuous body sheetmetal below its rakish roofline.
Despite the QX70's many virtues, a few flaws temper its appeal. The back seat is short on head and leg room, and an overabundance of buttons might annoy. Gas mileage is nothing to brag about, either. Furthermore, the price to be paid for such satisfying handling is a firm ride. With optional low-profile tires, it can turn into choppiness on urban Interstates.
Nissan's 3.7-liter V6 is a great engine, the same as what's found in the Z, but it isn't quite as smooth as some. With 325 horsepower, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a bit more than seven seconds, not slow but not blazingly quick due to the weight of the QX70. Fitted with a Sport mode and rev-matching, the 7-speed automatic transmission shifts promptly and smoothly.
Technology is a strong point. A QX70 can be equipped with an adaptive suspension, quilted leather upholstery, and heated/ventilated seats. The navigation system has a particularly good interface and display. Rear-seat DVD entertainment is an option.
Infiniti offers an extensive list of standard and available safety equipment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the QX70 its top Good rating for moderate front-overlap and rear impacts.
The 2016 QX70 ($45,850) comes with leather upholstery, power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, Bluetooth hands-free phone, universal garage door opener, rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels. Infotainment features 11-speaker Bose audio with satellite radio.
QX70 AWD ($47,300) adds all-wheel drive.