2017 QX70 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX70, last redesigned for 2009, is a rear-wheel-drive wagon with a racy roofline and muscular hunchback that holds a bit more than the trunk of a sedan. All-wheel drive is available.
QX70 is known for its sharp handling, a driver's crossover built on the platform of the since-replaced G37 sports sedan (and Nissan Z sports car). The first-generation was one of the first vehicles to cross over from car to SUV. It still looks distinctive, if for no other reason than today there are few of them on the road. Now seven years old, it's a dated product.
The QX70 engine has evolved from an early V8 to Infiniti's tried-and-true 3.7-liter V6, but not yet to its latest and smoother V6 that's in other models. The engine in the 2017 QX70 makes 325 horsepower and is torquey, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and rev-matching downshifts, better than a CVT and many 9-speeds.
For 2017, a new Limited Package is available with special exterior and interior trim.
All-wheel-drive is available, improving capability for winter climates and for driving in mud and sand, but the QX70 is not offroad rugged.
It gets an EPA-rated 17/24/19 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined with rear-wheel drive; with all-wheel drive it's one less mpg.
The Infiniti QX70 comes with a high level of standard equipment, and most of the cars in showrooms will come with the Premium package adding navigation, surround-view camera, and a few other things. The Sport and Limited packages include 21-inch wheels, and bring a more aggressive or premium look to the exterior and interior.
A Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
The QX70 is the oldest design in Infiniti's lineup, but its sinewy sheetmetal gives the impression of careful craftsmanship. It makes rivals like the Mercedes GLE and BMW X6 look like sedans with altered rooflines, which is about what they are.