2015 Infiniti QX70 Price and Review – Although the name may seem fresh and new, the 2015 Infiniti QX70 has actually been roaming around showrooms in one form or another for a number of years. The QX70 started life as the FX35, and although there have been many upgrades and styling changes since then, the basic architecture remains the same. That’s not to say that the QX70 is outdated or irrelevant, but it’s beginning to show its age a bit more.
Available only with the V6 engine this year, the QX70 still holds a particular appeal for those who desire the taller ride height and ground clearance of a proper SUV without the substandard handling and so-so performance that often accompany those features. The QX70’s cabin enhances the allure. It is filled with all manner of tactile and electronic luxury touches and a host of sophisticated driver’s aids that practically drive the car for you.
2015 Infiniti QX70 Price and Review
The Infiniti QX70 was, up until last year, called the FX37, or just plain FX; and with either name, it’s one of the most driver-focused crossovers available.
It’s not a trail-ready or rugged crossover by any stretch of the imagination, instead focusing on excellent driving dynamics, handsome looks and its legitimately luxurious interior appointments. At first glance, it’s one of the best-executed marriages of sleek lines, wagon practicality, and fast underpinnings we’ve seen. Where the BMW X6 failed in that mission, the QX70 excels from a design standpoint. Sure, there are a few too many details that might clutter the look from some angles, but it’s otherwise excellent–from it’s racy roofline to its beautiful sheetmetal. Inside, it’s inviting and warm, with rich appointments like quilted leather and subdued wood trim–though there may be a few too many buttons for some shoppers.
This is one of the few crossovers that feels at home on a curvy mountain road; with underpinnings derived from Infiniti’s sport sedan, it drives with a poise that’s almost foreign to this kind of vehicle. You don’t need the V-8 if you want a vehicle with a lot of get-up-and-go. In ‘3.7’ models, the 3.7-liter, 328-hp V-6 is shared with other Infinitis; and while it’s not quite as smooth as the V-6 engines found in some other crossovers, it allows acceleration to 60 mph in the low 7.0-second range. So-called 5.0 models and their V-8 are cut from the lineup this year. One sore point throughout the QX70 lineup remains its thirst for premium fuel. EPA ratings are only acceptable, at up to 17/24 mpg. (2015 Infiniti QX70 Price and Review)
Despite the chunky curb weight (4,200 pounds minimum), the QX70 handles as if it’s considerably lighter, and they have a sense of poise and balance on a curvy road that’s better than most other SUVs and crossovers.
Inside, the QX70 is delightful—provided you’re in the front seats. Like many sports cars and sport sedans, the FX seems to give those in front good comfort and enveloping support while neglecting backseat passengers. It’s surprisingly cramped back there. Cargo space also suffers because of the curvy design and high cargo floor. You do get a little too much noise in the cabin from V-8 models, as well as some road noise; and QX70 can get very choppy on urban interstates.
Prices have risen very modestly going from the Infiniti FX to the 2015 Infiniti QX70. The QX70 comes in three different models—QX70 3.7 and QX70 3.7 AWD. QX70 models top $60,000, but they include the contents of the Premium, Deluxe Touring, and Technology packages. Big-ticket tech options include a lane-departure warning system, an adaptive suspension, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, and a navigation system with an especially good display and interface. New for this year is a sports package that comes with special wheels, adaptive lighting, and heated/ventilated sports seats.
- “Not noted for its spacious back seat or vast cargo hold, the QX70 is more about style and performance than utility, placing it on par with the Porsche Cayenne and a cut above the soft-riding Lexus RX. But Infiniti’s midsize luxury SUV remains relevant, thanks to its gorgeous interior, long list of electronic entertainment and safety features, and relatively strong resale and reliability ratings.” — Kelley Blue Book
- “Don’t let the name change fool you – new moniker aside, the QX70 is nearly identical to the FX. That means it remains one of the most driver-focused crossovers on the market thanks to a platform shared with the athletic Nissan 370Z sports car. The cushy cabin is also a strong point, although there’s less space inside than many competitors.” — Left Lane News
- “As ever, this distinctive sport-luxury crossover is an appealing choice for drivers who value style, performance and technology over cargo capacity, rear seat space or a cushy ride.” — Edmunds (2014)
Another feature that sets the QX70 apart from the rest of the luxury SUV crowd is its fluid styling. A far cry from the linear, boxy formula that defines SUVs from Mercedes-Benz,BMW and Lexus, the QX70 looks like nothing else on the road. Its squat body, prominent front fenders and enormous wheel-and-tire combination give it an almost coupelike feel, which is an attribute that provides strong visual appeal but also limits its rear-seat legroom and cargo area.
What’s New for 2015?
The V8 engine is dropped for 2015, as are the Sport package’s active rear steering and continuous damping control features.
The QX70 is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that generates 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Power is abundant with this engine, although acceleration can feel slightly taxed when you add the weight of the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
Fuel economy for the QX70 is rated at 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the AWD model is rated even lower at 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy. Premium fuel is recommended but not required.
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