Infiniti QX70
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Overall

The FX “bionic cheetah” remains completely identifiable despite now being known as the QX70; otherwise, few changes for 2014.

Drivetrain

Base 3.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and a good mix of response and fuel efficiency; optional 5.0-liter V8 still makes 390 horsepower.

In Infiniti’s new what’s-my-name game, the FX37 and FX50 come out of the mix-up as the QX70 3.7 and QX70 5.0; QX since it’s one of the company’s tall-wagons and 70 relates to its relative positioning amongst its siblings. 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. Select either the rear-, or optional all-wheel-drive QX70 3.7 and you’re treated to a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6. The QX70 5.0, equipped with standard all-wheel-drive, comes with a 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. Both powerplants are linked to seven-speed automatic transmissions. Whichever QX70 3.7 trim level 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 with speed-sensitive volume control and special clear-coat paint with the ability to “heal” minor scratches all by itself. QX70 5.0 customers receive a navigation system, quilted leather seat covers, genuine maple wood trim, 20-inch Enkei-brand wheels (in place of either 18- or 20-inch rims on the QX70 3.7, but 21s remain optional), magnesium paddle-shift controls and a special air-filtration system for the climate control. Optional accessories are numerous and focus on offering techno-lovers the very latest Infiniti gadgetry. 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): $46,000 (3.7); $62,400 (5.0)
Type: Four-door tall wagon
Base engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (325)
Optional engine (hp): 5.0-liter DOHC V8 (390)
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 (base)