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Maybe the most compelling thing about the 2017 Infiniti QX70 is that it's still around. Now, pay close attention. This vehicle started off as the 2003 Infiniti FX35 with a 3.5-liter V6 and the FX45 when equipped with a 4.5-liter V8. When the second generation was introduced for the 2009 model year, the FX35 returned with that V6, but the V8 model became the FX50 as the engine grew in size to 5.0 liters. Then in 2013 Infiniti went goofy and changed its naming conventions and both FX models became the QX70 ? with the 3.7 using a 3.7-liter version of the V6 and the 5.0 designating the V8. Then last year, Infiniti killed the V8 model, and all QX70s are powered by a 3.7-liter V6 making 325 horsepower.
The bottom line is that what we know as the QX70 was introduced nine years ago as the 2009 FX35. In car years, nine is really old.
So in the ever-more crowded marketplace for large, luxury crossovers, the QX70 is easy to overlook. The fact that it has an aging information and entertainment system interface, tight rear seat, stiff ride, aging interior decor and strangely configured option packages doesn't help either.
The QX70 is offered with either rear- or all-wheel drive and always with a seven-speed automatic transmission behind that 3.7-liter V6. From there it's a matter of choosing three option packages cleverly named Premium, Sport and Limited. Then atop those is a technology package that includes things such as lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers and adaptive front headlights with auto leveling. Though the QX70's base price is down around $45K, getting aggressive with those packages can launch the total price up over $60,000.
With its broad shoulders and tall stance, the QX70 is not a small vehicle. That's reflected in the EPA fuel economy ratings. The all-wheel-drive QX70 is rated at 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway). Go for rear-wheel drive, and it's 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).
With every passing month, the luxury SUV market only becomes more crowded. Staying on top of all the new entries and how they compare relative to the competition takes solid research and good advice. Fortunately you're already on Edmunds, and we're here to help you. So use the tools here and let us help you find a new QX70 or whatever luxury SUV turns out to be right for you.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.