Overall: Few so-called crossover (tall-wagon) models on the market today are as attractive as the QX70, but with no changes to report (a.k.a. neglect), its future could be in doubt.
Drivetrain: Base 3.7-liter V6 with 325 horsepower and a good mix of response and fuel efficiency is your only choice; a seven-speed automatic shifts the gears.
The QX70 lost much of its agility — and its reputation as a rapid people mover — when the V8 option was excised from the lineup after the 2014 model year. So far, nothing has arrived to take its place, which must be worrisome for fans of this uniquely styled wagon. Left to run the show is a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 as the sole form of motivation. It’s supported by a seven-speed automatic transmission and comes in either rear- or optional all-wheel drive. Otherwise, the vehicle still 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 and an 11-speaker Bose audio system. A 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 if 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 while intelligent brake assist applies the binders if and when it determines a crash is imminent.