Overview & Reviews
Upon seeing and driving the Infiniti QX70, it becomes apparent that it wasn't designed to be a staid, family-oriented luxury SUV. It's mean, outrageous, curvaceous and available with a pair of stout engines. While other SUVs are based on sedans, trucks and even minivans, the QX70 traces its lineage back to a sports car: Nissan's Z. As such, the QX70 and its different-named predecessors have carved out a cool little niche of their own.
Previously, this model was known as the FX, which is covered in a separate review. It is now called the QX70 in keeping with Infiniti's recent naming protocol, wherein all of its SUVs have a QX prefix, with the number indicating the model's place within Infiniti's hierarchy. Regardless of its name, though, this vehicle has been a different sort of sport-utility: one that puts an unmistakable emphasis on "sport," with some "utility" being a side benefit. Passenger and cargo room have never been what we would call generous, so if hauling the kids to hockey practice is a priority, something else may be in order. As such, the Infiniti QX70 is certainly not for everyone. But for those who like the idea of a high-riding sport sedan with standout styling and performance, the Infiniti QX70 may be the perfect choice.
Current Infiniti QX70 Models
Though technically introduced for 2014, the Infiniti QX70 is essentially the previous FX with a new name. It offers a choice of either a 3.7-liter, 325-horsepower V6 (QX70 3.7) or a 5.0-liter V8 making 390 hp (QX70 5.0). Either way, the transmission is a seven-speed automatic with manual shift control. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 3.7, with all-wheel drive available. The 5.0 comes only with AWD. To preserve the crossover's sporty handling, the AWD system has a rearward bias.
Standard features highlights for the 3.7 include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an 11-speaker Bose audio system with a CD changer, an iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio.
The QX70 5.0 also features bigger wheels, ventilated front seats, a navigation system, quilted leather upholstery and a 360-degree overhead camera system. Option highlights include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, an adaptive suspension, rain-sensing wipers, sport seats and different wood trim.
Regardless of powertrain, the QX70 is known for its athleticism, as carlike handling is encoded in its DNA. There's ultimately no hiding its higher center of gravity and hefty mass, yet around corners the QX70 displays impressive road-holding prowess and confidence, aided by strong, consistent brakes and a tight and direct steering feel. The trade-off, however, is a stiffer ride on the highway. Opting for the larger wheels only compounds matters, increasing road noise and impact harshness.
In addition to those fine handling chops, our reviews of the Infiniti QX70 also revealed that the 3.7 version provides more than enough performance. Honestly, the V8 is really just an example of overkill. All QX70s, however, suffer from a lack of utility. Quite simply, the QX70's backseat and cargo room pale in comparison to its competitors, as even some smaller luxury crossovers are more spacious.
User Reviews:Showing 1 through 8 of 8.00
3rd Time Buyer - 2014 Infiniti QX70
By Dana Denton - August 30 - 10:39 pm
This is my third Infinity. Two x35s and now the X70. Obviously, I love this car. Its distinctive styling and performance make it my all time favorite.
My QX 70 Baby - 2017 Infiniti QX70
By Jeff - January 5 - 12:17 pm
Wonderful SUV and u feel like a million bucks driving it!!!!
Great car - 2016 Infiniti QX70
By Dave - August 6 - 12:47 am
Love this car
Love the look. Hate the car - 2017 Infiniti QX70
By Ron - July 5 - 10:17 pm
Ride is stiff. rattles my dentures. No room in the rear. Im a big guy so this has made my car a three seater. Not enough space between brake and accelerator. my foot often is partially on both which is a hazard waiting to happen. The gas mileage sucks. Im only getting 10 mpg. Well below the advertised amount. This was my dream car since the FX35 first came out. My dream has turned into a nightmare.
My 3rd one! - 2017 Infiniti QX70
By Justine - August 4 - 9:24 am
I love this car so much, Ive owned 3. Although the 1st two were the FX37, my 3rd one, the QX70 is the same vehicle with just a name change. The only thing I would like to see would be an upgraded technology package to stay aligned with its closest SUV competitors, the BMW and Volvo.
Overall good quality - 2016 Infiniti QX70
By Aaron - January 30 - 5:32 am
My QX70 came with AWD and Premium Package. I find the front seating and ride very comfortable. Its actually fun to drive. I rate handling and the feel of the road as excellent. The instrumentation and controls are also excellent and easy to live with. The heated leather seats are nice for cold weather. Exterior fold-in side mirrors add a nice touch and are easily adjusted using the inside controls. Cons: No LED daytime running lights unless you get the Sports Package with the upgraded front bumper. Thats just sad! The lack of hidden enterior storage under the rear deck. There is just enough room for the temporary spare, lug wrench and jack but no room for a small tool bag, pliers or a screw driver. Lastly, accepts only Premium gas.
Meh...not really that impressed - 2017 Infiniti QX70
By JWK - January 12 - 11:21 pm
I rented this car and spent 900 miles in it (I got in with 8 miles, returned with 908). Overall, I was expecting better. Cabin was nice and well appointed. Buttons were easily placed and generally everything was intuitive and easy to use. Given that it was January and I was in northern Minnesota, I was impressed by the stability control intervention, which was quick and predictable when cornering and the rear started to break away. Kept me on the road pointed the right direction, and there was no tire spinning or anything. As with a lot of Infiniti SUVs, the cabin is a bit claustrophobic and outward visibility is below average. I really had to crane my neck to look over my shoulder and around blind spots. If road conditions were at all undulating, the ride was very jumpy and uncomfortable. You could really see it when the headlights were on; they were bobbing up and down and all of that was transmitted into the cabin. The USB integration was sporadic. Sometimes it would start up right away, others it would get stuck on "reading file" and require a lot more monkeying around with it before music would play. But what was most noteworthy, in a negative sense, was the gas mileage. I drove the 900 miles in less than a week, so my driving was mostly highway. Yet it returned below 20 mpg as an average. For a 20+ gallon tank, range was *barely* 400 miles. Im not a rocket accelerator, nor do I drive like a speed demon (on the interstate, I have the cruise pegged right around the speed limit). Add to that the engine requires premium gasoline. In this day and age, for a smaller SUV, that kind of mileage is flat-out poor. On the same route with my Cayenne and driving the same style, I get 24-25 mpg. As a result, I would say that while there are some things to like about the QX70, there are much better options out there.
2017 QX70 Limited - 2017 Infiniti QX70
By Don Finley - October 7 - 10:58 am
Owned a 2004 FX35, was the best car Ive ever owned, had 240K mi when I hit a deer squarely front and center, airbags deployed, and insurance totalled the car. Besides cosmetic damage after hitting the deer while traveling 75 mph, there was no structural or mechanical damage. I drove it home with the deflated airbags flapping. Would not have survived in a smaller, lower vehicle. This is the first time Ive bought the same car again, just a newer version. The car is gorgeous, powerful, loaded and comfortable. Already took it on T-giving trip from FL to KY. Technology is well placed and easy to access, phone is syncd via bluetooth, and USB cord adds all my music on board. SAT, AM, FM and aux are a simple push of a button, all with great sound. It doesnt lack anything I want, except the middle retractable cup holder on the floor in the back that the FX35 had. The gearing is growing on me; it revs high at start out in low gears, near 3000, then shifts to around 2000. Different from the FX35, but still smooth and powerful. 21 inch tires on dark grey wheels looks awesome, and handles like a sports car. Very happy! 8 months later, I wouldnt change a thing, except the phone via bluetooth . . . it takes voice commands, then asks me to verify it got it right by picking a number, and it displays 5 names from my contact list, and the one I want is always #1. I wish I could bypass the verification and have it just call. I also added 3M clear bra to the front, mirrors, and door handles. Great product, protects from bug chips and cant see it except up close if youre looking for the line across the hood. Just over a year later, still love it. Some quirky anomalies have started with the music / phone interface, but I haven’t been able to get it to the dealer to check it out. Still works, but sometimes differently than it should. Just over 29K miles, and with oil changes, tire balance, rotation and front end alignment every 5K miles, it drives like new, still looks brand new, and my daughter says it still smells new. Lost count of how many strangers have commented on how beautiful the car is. Just bought an ‘18 Mercedes GLA 250 for my wife, and the salesman had to go outside and drool over it, and he had a $337K Maybach in his showroom. This Infiniti QX 70 Limited, in my opinion, is the star of the entire Nissan/Infiniti menu.