The Infiniti QX70 (formerly the FX) is the sports car of sport-utes. The QX70 3.7's powerful V6, quick-shifting transmission and stiff ride speak to that. The interior is luxurious and comfortable, but lacks the volume of competitors. But this is an SUV that seeks out twisty roads.
PerformanceThe Infiniti QX70 is a true performance SUV. It makes no excuses for its harsh ride. Handling is above average, though it should be even better than it is. Considering it's just a V6, the QX70 3.7 is quick.
This 3.7-liter V6 pulls hard, yet it's also smooth. With all-wheel drive, it claws its way to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. 7-speed automatic is silky, blips the throttle on downshifts.
The brakes were a letdown. Spongy pedal and long travel, both at the test track during panic brake tests and in normal driving. They don't inspire confidence.
The tight, quick, slightly heavy steering offers a nice feel for the road. It definitely has more heft than your average SUV. And that might put some people off.
What with the QX70's stiff suspension, you'd think it would put up better handling numbers. The chassis doesn't give much feedback, and it gets tail happy with ESC turned off.
Other than the stiffer than average suspension, the QX70 is a smooth operator around town. Crisp and clean throttle response, transmission doesn't hunt. DS mode responds best.
The QX70 3.7's towing capacity isn't exactly stellar at 2,000 pounds. The V8-powered QX70 5.0 can haul 3,500 pounds.
This all-wheel-drive vehicle is meant for slippery pavement, not rough dirt roads.
ComfortThe QX70 is far from your typical soft and cushy SUV. This thing is designed for enthusiast drivers. Other than its stiff ride, the QX actually is quite a nice place to spend time, with comfy seats and a quiet cabin.
The comfortable seats are firm but well-padded. Adjustable lumbar support on the driver's seat. And the seats have good lateral support, a good thing in a high-performance SUV.
The ride is stiff pretty much all the time and rather jiggly on the highway. Those comfy seats definitely mask some of the harshness.
There's almost no wind noise and engine sounds are minimal at highway speed. Tires make considerable noise over concrete expansion joints.
InteriorThe QX70 makes some compromises on overall interior room due to its aggressive shape, and the rear seat isn't the easiest to get in/out of. But the controls are intuitive and it has reasonable cubbies/storage.
There are lots of buttons and knobs. And we like buttons and knobs if they're easy to use and understand, as they are here.
The front seats are pretty easy to get in/out of, although you need to watch your head on the roof. Rear doors open extremely wide, but are very small -- as are the openings.
Plenty of head room up front and very good elbow and shoulder room, nice wide center armrest. Excellent head room in the rear, too. But the center armrest is hard to pull down.
The high driving position lets you see the entire hood, but the thick rear roof pillars make sizable blindspots. A backup camera comes standard, optional around-view monitor is exceptional.
Nice-sized double-decker center armrest bin. Wide door pockets that, yes, you can actually use. The rear cargo area could be larger; it's compromised by the sloping roof.
ValueWith its relatively high cost of entry (the QX70 3.7 starts at $45,945, the AWD at $47,395), the QX70 3.7 doesn't represent great value. It comes with most of the latest luxury/tech features, but many will expect a V8 at this price.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Decent build quality, representative of the price. Nice soft-touch materials, leather, stitched and padded door panels.
Yes, it's pricey. But look at the standard features: leather seats, backup camera, power tailgate, power sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a smart key and a terrific Bose 11-speaker stereo.
As good as the QX70 3.7 AWD is, we suspect most folks will be of the mind that nearly $50,000 is V8 money. Sticker shock is sure to ensue.
The EPA rates the QX70 3.7 AWD at 18 mpg Combined (16 City/22 Highway). We averaged 18.2 mpg. That means we matched the EPA's Combined rating, which is decent for a performance SUV.
The basic warranty is 4 years/60,000 miles. Drivetrain is 6 years/70,000 miles. This is on the good side of competitive.
The QX70 comes with roadside assistance for 4 years/60,000 miles.
Fun To DriveWe do get a kick out of driving the QX70 3.7. What we enjoy most is that you can point it into a corner like a car and it will carve toward the apex. The QX70 3.7 would be better if it had steering wheel paddle shifters and if the handling matched the firm ride.
We'd give the QX70 a better rating here if it handled superbly. As it is, it's above average. But with such a harsh ride, we expect sports-car ability.
Unlike most SUVs, the QX70 3.7 has some actual personality. Its V6 sounds a sporty note, it relishes turns and the transmission blips the throttle on manual downshifts.
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