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By Tom Crosby
Infiniti’s Q series represents the company’s designated “halo sedan” that replaced the company’s M series this year and QX is the refined sports utility vehicle version, replacing the FX series SUV.
Infiniti believes in name changes as much as it believes in refining its upscale product offerings.
Our 2014 QX70 test-drive was the rear-wheel drive V6 with the 3.7 liter engine. There is an all-wheel drive with the same engine, a hybrid and two 2014 Q70s with V-8 5.6-liter engines that are to be discontinued in 2015.
The 2014 QX70 3.7 is last years FX37 with minor changes, such as a revised suspension and engine oil cooler with the optional Sport Package. Impressive with its predatory look – muscular and sleek – our tester upped comfort, safety and information with three optional packages, all recommended if you can come up with the extra $10,550.
The technology package includes adaptive cruise control, brake collision assist, adaptive headlights and lane departure warning and prevention.
It triggers both buzzing and visual warnings but also applies selective braking to help bring a drifting driver back into the proper lane if its sonar senses a vehicle in the blind spot, even with your turn signal on – a strong safety feature.
The Deluxe Touring package included 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, quilted leather and climate controlled front seats and tasteful maple wood accents.
Finally, the Premium Package added an 8-inch touch-screen display, navigation, Bluetooth, restaurant guide, current traffic and weather and aluminum roof rails to complement the too-compact rear seat and squished cargo area.
Tilted dashboard controls are easily reached and manipulated with a center knob that navigates through dozens of menu options. The user-friendly navigation touch-screen is also voice-activated and Infiniti’s navigation graphics are among the best in the industry.
Handling is a strong point, with excellent responsiveness and minimal roll in curves. The suspension is firm but not unpleasant, although it is more of an issue off-road, which this SUV is not specifically designed for.
A surround-view camera with the Premium Package displays a 360-degree view around you, perfect for navigating in a crowded mall parking lot. Road and wind noise levels are well muted with only minor engine noise upon acceleration. Crash test results for the FX37 were strong and are likely to be the same for the QX70 3.7. Unlike many vehicles today, it has a compact spare tire, not a flat tire sealant.
LIKES: Looks, luxury, tech options, handling, mileage
DISLIKES: Rear seat/cargo space
BOTTOM LINE: Sleek and stylish with road manners to match its upscale DNA
- Base price w/destination fee $45,945
- Curb weight 4,209 lbs.
- Wheelbase 113.6 inches
- Length 191.3 inches
- Width 75.9 inches
- Engine specs 3.7-liter, V-6, DOHC, 24-valve, VVEL
- Horsepower 325 hp at 7,000 rpm
- Torque 267 ft-lbs at 5,200 rpm
- Transmission 7-speed automatic w/adaptive speed control
- EPA Rating 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway
- Range 23.8-gallon tank, premium required
- Performance 0-60 just over 6 seconds