Infiniti QX70 Review
The 2015 Infiniti QX70 ranks 9 out of 17 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Infiniti QX70, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2015 Infiniti QX70 is ranked:
The 2015 Infiniti QX70's interior can't match the spaciousness of many other luxury midsize SUVs, automotive journalists say, but its driving dynamics are exhilarating.
Test drivers say the standard V6 engine in the 2015 Infiniti QX70 provides ample power. The standard transmission is a seven-speed automatic that some critics say has rapid shifts while others complain can be slow to downshift from time to time. For a luxury midsize SUV, the QX70's fuel economy is a tad low at an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway. Critics write that the QX70 is particularly agile for the class, and that quick, precise steering and a small turning circle only enhance its roadholding capabilities. However, some report that the QX70 has a ride that can be stiff, particularly on the highway.
The 2015 QX70's interior is constructed with superior materials, such as premium leather upholstery and aluminum and wood trim, automotive writers say. They greatly appreciate how comfortable and supportive the front seats are, but a number of reviewers find the back seat unusually tight for the class. Critics also say the cargo space is quite small for the class. The QX70's tech features have easy-to-understand controls and a user-friendly navigation system, critics write, but some feel the features are beginning to feel slightly dated. The 2015 Infiniti QX70 comes standard with a Bose stereo system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rearview camera, a sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, leather upholstery and front seats that are power-adjustable and heated. Available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, heated and ventilated front seats and a voice-activated navigation system that adds Bluetooth audio streaming and a touch-screen display. Infiniti’s Around View Monitor system is also available, which provides a 360-degree view around the vehicle while parking.
- "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)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Lexus RX 350 offers ample cargo space, and reviewers report that its back seat is particularly spacious. The RX350 also wins points for its exceptional-sounding audio systems, and critics report that its cabin is built with first-rate materials.
Like the QX70, the BMW X5 earns praise for its excellent driving dynamics, and test drivers agree that its interior is well-built with premium materials. The X5 is also available with a turbodiesel engine that delivers great fuel economy, and auto writers say that it offers plenty of power.
Details: 2015 Infiniti QX70
The 2015 Infiniti QX70 seats five and has rear-wheel drive. A V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The V8-powered QX70 5.0 has been discontinued for the 2015 model year, leaving the QX70 3.7 as the only trim offered. With that exception, the QX70 (formerly the Infiniti FX) carries over with few changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2015 model years.