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Editor's Overview

Formerly known as the FX, the 2017 Infiniti QX70 crossover SUV has long boasted sporty driving manners over rugged capability. As such, it targets -- and adeptly competes with -- luxury vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6, but at around $47,000 starts far less than its German rivals.

You'll Like The 2017 INFINITI QX70 If...

If you want an SUV that looks and behaves more like a sports sedan, the Infiniti QX70 offers the goods. This 2-row, 5-passenger crossover SUV also offers a commanding seating position, decent cargo capacity and a comfortable interior for significantly less than the Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6.

You May Not Like The 2017 INFINITI QX70 If...

If you plan to regularly accommodate friends or family in the rear seat, you'll probably want something with a roomier second row. If you desire a vehicle that looks and acts more like a traditional SUV, including towing ability, check out the standard (non-coupe) Mercedes-Benz GLE or even the 3-row Infiniti QX60.

What's New

Only slight updates are in store for the aging Infiniti QX70. Among them are a revised grille design, two new exterior colors (Hagane Blue and Majestic White), and the new Limited Package that replaces the former Deluxe Touring Package.

Interior Features

With its curved dash, snug nature and oblong analog clock, the 2017 QX70 is similar to its sibling the QX50 in that it feels more like a sports sedan than an SUV. All QX70 models feature a 2-row/5-passenger configuration. Interestingly, the larger QX70 now has less rear legroom than its ostensibly littler brother, the QX50. However, the QX70 boasts more rear cargo room, especially with the rear seats folded. Drivers will appreciate a cockpit that focuses on the one behind the wheel, though both front seats are roomy and comfortable. Watch out for blind spots created by the QX70's stylishly swept roof.

Exterior Features

The QX70's sophisticated suit backs up its performance intentions. Big, wide, brawny yet elegantly curvaceous, Infiniti's brawler still stands out even among a sea of SUVs suddenly vying to be performance vehicles. The QX70 continues to be distinguished by its sports-car-like long hood, side air vents just aft the front wheels, raked roof and twin exhaust outlets. Aluminum roof racks included in the recommended Premium package grant an extra dose of utility. Standard wheels are 18 inches, with more substantial 21s available.

Driving Impressions

The 2017 Infiniti QX70 crossover SUV isn’t your run-of-the-mill luxury SUV. With its standard rear-wheel-drive layout and potent 325-horsepower engine, this Infiniti crossover SUV is decidedly sporty. Throw in a near 50/50 weight distribution, independent suspension and lower ride height, and it's clear the QX70 was made more for on-road performance than rugged utility or off-road antics. This Infiniti has plenty of grip and is fun to drive vigorously, a trait that's few and far between for SUVs. While a V8 is no longer offered, the 3.7-liter V6 packs plenty of power, while the rev-matching 7-speed automatic transmission quickly and smoothly ticks through gears. The QX70’s optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system enhances performance on both dry pavement and snowy roads. With only seven inches of ground clearance and no terrain-specific settings, we'd hesitate to venture very far off-pavement.

Pricing Notes

The 2017 Infiniti QX70 luxury-crossover SUV has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at just under $47,000 with rear-wheel drive, while the traction-enhancing AWD version costs an additional $1,800. Fully loaded, the QX70 barely touches $60,000. Competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne cost significantly more, further strengthening the Infiniti's value proposition. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the Infiniti QX70. The QX70's resale value is expected to hold up well, though still trail that of the Porsche Cayenne.

Notable Equipment

The Infiniti QX70 crossover SUV is dressed well even in base form. Standard features include leather interior, power tailgate, power-operated and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, 11-speaker Bose AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD audio system with USB port, rearview camera and 7-inch color central display.

Notable Options

The QX70's options list is refreshingly short. Aside from opting for all-wheel drive (AWD) instead of the standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), most options are bundled into four packages. The Premium package includes navigation, AroundView bird's-eye camera system, Bluetooth audio streaming, power-adjustable steering wheel with entry/exit assist, and roof rails. A Sport package adds paddle shifters, interior accents, 21-inch wheels and climate-controlled front seats, while the Limited package has dark exterior finishes, unique front bumper, wood interior accents and more. The Technology package bundles adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-departure prevention. Surprisingly, blind-spot monitoring isn't offered on the QX70.

Favorite Features

AROUND-VIEW MONITOR

This optional feature goes far beyond the standard rearview system by combining four cameras around the vehicle to create a 360-degree bird’s-eye view. The Around View Monitor makes parallel parking a breeze and helps the driver to see objects otherwise not in view.

SPORTY PERFORMANCE

SUVs are not usually associated with performance driving manners, but the Infiniti QX70 is among those that blend just that with the higher seating position and cargo-carrying practicality for which SUVs are known.

Under the Hood

With the former 5.0-liter V8 no longer offered, the sole engine powering the 2017 Infiniti QX70 crossover SUV is a 3.7-liter V6 good for 325 horsepower. The only transmission choice is a 7-speed automatic with both manual-shift mode and Adaptive Shift Control, which basically pays attention to how you're driving and adapts shift patterns accordingly. The QX70 comes standard in rear-wheel-drive form (RWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional for those seeking improved traction.

3.7-liter V6

325 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm

267 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (RWD), 16/22 mpg (AWD) Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

Editors' Notes

Formerly known as the FX, the 2017 Infiniti QX70 crossover SUV has long boasted sporty driving manners over rugged capability. As such, it targets -- and adeptly competes with -- luxury vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X6, but at around $47,000 starts far less than its German rivals. The 2017 QX70 touts its performance-oriented nature with a muscular exterior design, though its sleek and sloping roof limits this crossover SUV's interior cargo space compared to competitors like the Lincoln MKX or Lexus RX. But for drivers who want a sporty 5-passenger SUV with performance, presence and style at a price that undercuts competitors, the QX70 remains an alluring option.

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Great ride! Strongly consider this vehicle if you are considering a used car.

2017 INFINITI QX70 AWD

Very comfortable ride, especially on the freeway. This vehicle has great acceleration! This vehicle has a sunroof, which is a huge pull. This vehicle has good trunk space as well. The backseat space is very comfortable for passengers. While I fell in love with this vehicle the first time I drove it, there are some drawbacks. The obvious is that the gas mileage is horrible. Another drawback is that the interior of this vehicle is somewhat basic. This vehicle definitely does not have the interior prestige of similar luxury brands. If you can get past those two shortcomings, the pros of this vehicle definitely outweigh the cons. This vehicle has an awesome exterior and overall great performance. I know this vehicle no longer is being made, but as a great luxury used option, I would highly recommend the QX70!

- Ryan W

I LIKE THE LOOK! BUT THERE ARE ISSUES!

2017 INFINITI QX70 AWD

I love my 17’ QX70 S this is my 3rd. I’ve owned 03, 07 & now 17. My major complaint is the 7speed trans shifts into high gear way to soon. It should stay in a lower gear when driving 40mph but it goes into high gear! NO GOOD! The company doesn’t care to fix this. I also have a issue that by purchasing a S (sport model) I should’ve got the big brakes that’s used on there sports cars. Oh one more thing for a $60,000 car it should’ve come with blind spot warning on the side view mirrors. IT DOESNT!!!! To me that’s a safety issue that INFINITI doesn’t care about. It’s on they’re other cars. I see on f$&ken much less expensive cars. NO EXCUSE!!!! But I do like the look of the car and I’ve done some upgrades.

- PHILIP KLIPPER

Snow features and AWD mechanisms.

2017 INFINITI QX70 AWD

Infiniti qx70 wonderful car I've only had it for about a month, had a 2016 dodge charger and needed more of a family vehicle. Super comfortable reliable AMD a perfect family car. The features the car has are great, and is a nice add on it has and it also has a snow feature that works wonders. Overall it is a great car.

- Bryan A

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