Infiniti QX70 Review
The 2014 Infiniti QX70 ranks 11 out of 18 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 2014 Infiniti QX70 is ranked:
Test drivers write that the 2014 Infiniti QX70 sets itself apart with sport sedan-like handling and an upscale interior, but it offers less cargo and back-seat passenger space than many luxury midsize SUVs.
The base QX70 (formerly FX) comes with a V6 engine and reviewers report that the QX70 accelerates quickly and offers plenty of power. A more powerful V8 engine is also available for those who desire more lively acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard and reviewers say that it is smooth and responsive. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is typical for a V6-powered luxury midsize SUV. The QX70 is billed by reviewers as one of the sportiest SUVs in the segment, with nimble handling, quick, direct steering and strong brakes. Still, some reviewers caution that the QX70’s firm suspension may not appeal to shoppers who want a comfortable ride.
Auto writers say the Infiniti QX70 has a sporty cabin design, and that the interior is constructed with premium materials. They say the front seats are comfortable and supportive, but note that rearward visibility is limited. Some reviewers say that there is sufficient legroom in the back seat, but others write the back seat is a bit cramped. The 2014 QX70 also has less cargo space than many other SUVs in the class. Standard features include an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control and a backup camera. Options include a voice-activated navigation system, heated and cooled front seats and an Around View Monitor camera system. Test drivers report that the controls for the QX70's stereo and navigation systems are easy to use, and some like the available Around View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree view around the QX70 to ease parking maneuvers.
- "Available as the V6-powered QX70 3.7 and V8-powered QX70 5.0, these two SUVs hold particular appeal for those who desire the taller ride height and ground clearance of a proper SUV but without the substandard handling and so-so performance that often accompany those features. The QX70's cabin only enhances the allure." -- AutoTrader
- "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Don't let the name change fool you - new moniker aside, the QX70 is identical to last year's 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
- "Design, performance and technology drive the 2013 Infiniti FX to the forefront of luxury SUVs. But for a versatile family and cargo hauler, look elsewhere." -- Edmunds (2013)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport earns praise for its powerful engines, and reviewers report that it offers a comfortable ride, composed on-road handling and great off-road capability. The Range Rover Sport is redesigned for 2014, and test drivers say it has one of the most luxurious interiors in the class.
The BMW X5 is also completely redesigned for 2014, and it gets great fuel economy when equipped with its available turbodiesel engine. Additionally, reviewers love the X5’s athletic handling and elegant interior.
Details: 2014 Infiniti QX70
The Infiniti QX70 seats five and is available in three trims, ranging from the base QX70 3.7 with a V6 engine and rear-wheel drive to the QX70 5.0 AWD with a V8 engine and all-wheel drive. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. With the exception of a new model name, the QX70 is basically the same as the 2013 Infiniti FX, which received a new V6 engine last year, but is otherwise largely unchanged since the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.