KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 9/8/2013
Like the rest of Infiniti's 2014 lineup, the QX70's appearance is familiar, but its name isn't. That's because Nissan's luxury brand is renaming its vehicles to begin with a Q (cars) or QX (SUVs). So what was for the last decade known as the Infiniti FX is now called the QX70. Though its name is new, Infiniti's brawny 5-passenger SUV still puts the "sport" in sport utility vehicle. With its emphasis on driving dynamics vs. towing, hauling and cargo-carrying pragmatics, the QX70 has more in common with the performance-oriented Porsche Cayenne than utilitarian luxury SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz M-Class or the softer-riding Lexus RX. For drivers who desire a sports car disguised as an SUV, the 2014 Infiniti QX70 delivers.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you want the high seating position and usefulness of an SUV but the driving manners of a performance car, the Infiniti QX70 is one of just a handful that offer both. On the fiscal side, the Infiniti's starting price is a few thousand lower than that of a Porsche Cayenne.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The QX70's sleek design comes at the cost of diminished rear-seat room and cargo capacity, while its sporty handling and modest ground clearance bar its eligibility for tackling tough off-road trails. If you plan to tow, be aware the QX70's max is just 3,500 pounds with a V8, while a V6 Porsche Cayenne is rated to pull over 7,700 pounds.
What's New for 2014
Other than its new moniker, the 2014 QX70 remains the same as the outgoing Infiniti FX. The Limited Edition model is no longer available.
The Infiniti QX70's nicely balanced weight distribution, all-independent suspension and powerful V6 or V8 engines makes for a fine-handling SUV. Balance also comes into play with the QX70's ride, which captures the oft-elusive combination of being comfortable yet sporty. Throw the Infiniti into a corner, and you might be surprised at just how agile it feels for its size. With 325 horsepower, the V6-powered QX70 is plenty capable in rear- or all-wheel-drive form, while the 390-horsepower V8 version that comes standard with all-wheel is seriously quick on its feet. The 7-speed automatic transmission is ready to downshift at a moment's notice and has an effective manual-shift mode that includes a satisfying throttle blip on downshifts. With over seven inches of ground clearance, the QX70 is capable of getting to the trailhead, but you'd be wise to leave the traversing of rocks and creek beds to a true off-roader like its bigger brother the QX80 (nee QX56).
AROUND VIEW MONITOR
Imagine having a bird's-eye view of your vehicle as you back into a parking space. That's exactly what this system replicates by way of four exterior cameras on each side of the QX70. Together, they create a virtual view from above of the Infiniti that's displayed on the dashboard monitor.
3.7-LITER DOHC V6
Nissan's all-aluminum, 4-valve-per-cylinder V6 has long been a sweetheart of an engine. The larger 3.7-liter version that arrived last year carries on the tradition with added power and efficiency to go with its smooth, free-revving character.
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