I liken it to seeing the most beautiful girl you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t help but smile, then when she smiles back, she has no teeth. This is the story of the 2015 QX70 Sport, whose maiden name was the FX35. It is a mixed bag of old and new, things I love and things I hate.
One thing you can say about the QX70 and FX going all the way back to its introduction in 2002, it is a driver’s SUV. It is more car-like than any I have driven, and if you are a sports car nut but need more room, this may be the one for you. QX70 has an extremely wide stance with all four wheels pushed out to the corners of the vehicle. The engine is mounted farther back than most vehicles, which further adds to the stability and cornering ability.
For a drivetrain, Nissan uses the 3.7-liter V6 that is putting out 325-horses. The V8 has been dropped for 2015, but that is OK, most people opted for the V6 because it is a performer. It comes with a 7-speed automatic that can be shifted from the gear lever or unlike years past, you can now get shift paddles with the six-cylinder. Although you can get the QX70 with all-wheel drive, my tester is rear-wheel drive.
Not much changed on the outside for 2015 except the front end was freshened, the engine size is on the fender, and there are new fog lights and headlights. The lack of styling change is OK with me, one of the things I have always loved about this PUV (that’s a new segment I just made up-Performance Utility Vehicle) is that even Ray Charles can tell what it is from a mile away.
This 5-passenger vehicle has a very plush interior, but back seat room is fairly cramped, as is the headroom for the back seat passengers. Cargo area is ample, bigger than some SUVs, but less than others.
QX70 comes with a nice list of standard features like leather heated and power seats, power moon roof, heated rear seat, power lift gate, rearview camera, Bluetooth, Bose stereo, power tilt wheel, and a lot more. Suffice it to say, it comes loaded with a ton of standard equipment and an impressive list of safety and security features.
My review vehicle has three packages on it:
1: Technology Package, $2950. You get adaptive cruise control, which works great by the way. Also, you get lane departure warning and lane departure prevention. The prevention feature is a little antiquated by today’s standards. In this package you also get distance control assist, a feature that will slow and even stop the vehicle. It works very well, but gets annoying after a while. Last, you get adaptive front headlights, and those are awesome, they turn as the car turns. Conspicuously missing from this group is the blind spot monitoring system.
2: Premium Package, $4300. This gets you navigation system, voice recognition, real-time weather and traffic, dual memory seats, entry and exit seat, all-around view camera, power tilt steering wheel, and an 8” color touchscreen.
3: Sport Package, $3550. This is my favorite package of the three. This package is all about appearance inside and outside. First, my Moonlight White tester has the most awesome 21” 6-spoke dark finish wheels that completely fill the wheel wells and look amazing. You also get a matching dark finish front grill, functional side air vents, air conditioned front Sport seats with contrast stitching, a dark headliner, and aluminum pedals. This package is worth every penny if you like a vehicle that stands out.
There are a lot of things I like about the QX70. The interior and exterior are outstanding. The handling is superb, the ride stiff but enjoyable, and interior quietness is awesome. I love the acceleration of the V6 and the gas mileage is OK. On the value side, it is priced right, lower than Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport.
Here is where the lack of teeth comes in. For me, not enough has changed since the last one I had many years ago. The rearview camera is horrible with no resolution. You are better off getting out of the vehicle, taking a picture with your phone, then backing up. The navigation system is antiquated and the page views are annoying. Operation of the touch screen is old school too. For instance, if I am listening to AM radio and want to go to Sirius XM, I have to hit the radio button twice through two FM preset pages, then again three more times to look through my satellite presets. You cannot go direct, and I think that’s shameful.
In summary, I love the looks and I love driving it. It is priced great, but needs some serious updating in the electronics department.
What I liked most: Looks, ride, handling, value, and the wheels!
What I would change: The radio and navigation system needs upgrading.
MSRP: Base price $45,850 as equipped $58,085.
Fuel Economy: 17 City/24 highway/19 combined.
Odometer reading when tested: 432 miles.
Weight: 3832 Pounds.
Length-Width-Height: 194.7” long/72.6” wide/59.1” High
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons.
Towing Capacity: 5000 pounds with trailer towing package.
2015 QX70 in a few words: It’s a looker and a driver’s SUV for sure.
Warranty: 4-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 6-years and unlimited mileage, free loaner cars.
Car Pro Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
Manufacturers website: http://www.infinitiusa.com/crossover/qx70
Dealers: We have great Infiniti dealers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix, and Sacramento.