Base 3.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and a good mix of response and fuel efficiency is now the only choice; The “Bionic Cheetah” won’t be as fast now that the V8 is off the menu.
It’s a sad day for enthusiasts as one of the original performance tall wagons loses some claws for 2015. The QX70, a.k.a. the Bionic Cheetah, will no longer roar with the throaty near-400-horsepower V8. That leaves the 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 as the sole form of motivation. It gets a seven-speed automatic and comes in either rear- or optional all-wheel drive. Otherwise, the vehicle remains stylish and useful thanks to storage space aplenty, especially with the reclining split-folding rear seats lowered. Open the standard power liftgate, and there’s usable space for groceries and assorted gear. The cockpit is also a welcoming spot with excellent lighting for the gauges and standard heated front seats for all models. Whichever QX70 3.7 equipment packages suits your fancy, expect a wealth of basic up-level content, including dual-zone climate control, leather seats (eight-way powered in front), power glass moonroof, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power liftgate, xenon headlights, 11-speaker Bose audio system and special clear-coat paint with the ability to “heal” minor scratches all by itself. A new Sport package includes meatier seats, darker exterior trim and 21-inch wheels (in place of either 18- and 20-inchers). The lane-departure warning and prevention system alerts inattentive drivers when they begin straying from their intended lane. The system actually “steers” the QX70 back between the lane markings. Distance-control assist maintains a safe space from the car ahead in low-speed stop-and-go traffic. Intelligent brake assist applies the binders if and when it determines a crash is imminent.
Base price (incl. destination): $46,600 (3.7) (2014)
Type: Four-door tall wagon
Base engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (325)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 17/24 (3.7, RWD)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 4,100