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2016 Infiniti QX70 Review

A lavish interior, good handling and power, and impressive technology make the 2016 Infiniti QX70 appealing. However, it sits in bottom half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings because many rivals do most things better.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Composed handling
  • Handsome interior
  • Small cargo capacity
  • Cramped rear seats




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Infiniti QX70 Overview

Is the 2016 Infiniti QX70 a Good Used SUV?

The Infiniti QX70 is a decent luxury midsize SUV. It features a quality cabin, a capable engine, and a good reliability score. However, its minimal passenger and cargo space make it less utilitarian than many other vehicles.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2016 QX70 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 44 Infiniti QX70 reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2016 Infiniti QX70?

Based on nearly 100 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to spend between $25,400 and $37,500 for a used 2016 Infiniti QX70. The average list price for a QX70 is $29,700. What you pay depends on the specific vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Infiniti QX70 Cost to Own?

Five-year cost estimates for gasoline, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Infiniti QX70 are about $30,630 (or $6,130 per year). Comparatively, upkeep costs for the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90 are $36,870 and $27,590, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX70?

The Infiniti QX70 was discontinued for 2018 and will be replaced by the 2019 QX50. You should consider purchasing a used 2016 QX70 over a newer 2017 model. There are no major changes for the 2017 model year, so the 2016 model will get you a nearly identical luxury midsize SUV at a lower price.  

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You won't find a comparable 2018 luxury SUV with a price that’s similar to or lower than the 2016 Infiniti QX70’s. However, the 2018 Kia Sorento – a midsize SUV – is a good alternative. Not only is the newer Sorento less expensive than the older QX70, but it features a roomier cabin and a more generous cargo area. The Kia might not be as luxurious as the Infiniti, but the Sorento's interior is filled with premium materials and has well-cushioned seats.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Infiniti QX70?

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is average among all cars.

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2016 Infiniti QX70 Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 Infiniti QX70.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti QX70 Is Best?

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year. 2014 to 2017 models have similar overall scores, and there were only a few changes throughout the years. For the 2015 QX70, the V8 engine is no longer available, and the Sport package is devoid of active rear steering and an adaptive suspension. Since these changes are minor, we recommend opting for the 2014 QX70. You'll get a similar vehicle at a cheaper price.

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Which Used Infiniti QX70 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 has one trim and a range of available packages. The Premium package includes navigation with real-time traffic, a 360-degree around-view monitor, voice recognition, and Bluetooth audio streaming. The Deluxe Touring package has aluminum pedals, quilted leather seating, and ventilated front seats. The Technology package offers adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning. The Sport package has appearance upgrades like aluminum pedals, contrast-stitched sport seats, and 21-inch dark-finish wheels. It also features adaptive headlights to help you see around corners, as well as a driver’s seat with power bolster adjustment. Choose a QX70 with the Technology package for its extensive list of active safety features.

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What Does Infiniti's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Infiniti offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage.

Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Infiniti CPO vehicles also receive free maintenance for one year. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption coverage may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

Infiniti has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus, Tesla, and Jaguar are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the QX70?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the QX70 the top rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and head restraints and seats crash tests. It did not conduct side impact, small overlap front, or roof strength crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2016 QX70.

The QX70 comes with a standard rearview camera. Available active safety features include options like lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2016 Infiniti QX70 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX70 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

Compared to the QX70, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE is a superior option. The QX70 has better handling, but the GLE's ride quality is more comfortable. In addition, the GLE features an elegant and quiet cabin, with comfortable front seats and a good amount of rear-seat head- and legroom for adults. Cargo space is also more abundant in the GLE, and this luxury crossover SUV won our 2016 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. Factor in good safety and reliability ratings, and the Mercedes is the better choice. Just keep in mind that it has a significantly higher average price.  

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX70 or 2016 Volvo XC90?

The 2016 Volvo XC90's cabin is arguably the best in the class. Like the QX70, this luxury midsize SUV comes with standard leather upholstery. It boasts elegant styling and some of the most comfortable seats in the luxury midsize SUV segment. There's plenty of passenger space in the front row, and the second-row seats slide and recline to increase versatility. There’s more cargo space in the Volvo than in the Infiniti as well. Additionally, the XC90’s available third row – unavailable in the QX70 – is roomier than the rearmost rows of other luxury 3-row midsize SUVs. The XC90 delivers a comfortable ride on smooth and rough roads, and it gets the same reliability score as the QX70 (three out of five). The Volvo's average price is much higher than the Infiniti’s, but it's still a better choice.  

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2016 QX70 Performance

How Does the 2016 Infiniti QX70 Drive?

A 325-horsepower V6 engine powers the 2016 Infiniti QX70. It's paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. The V6 engine provides smooth power delivery. The automatic transmission accelerates quickly, but it takes a while to perform downshifts. Luckily, the shifts are smooth in manual shift mode.

Does the 2016 Infiniti QX70 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The rear-wheel-drive 2016 QX70 delivers 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is slightly below average for a luxury midsize SUV. By comparison, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE delivers 18/23 mpg city/highway, and the 2016 Volvo XC90 gets 22/26 mpg city/highway.

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2016 QX70 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 QX70 Seat?

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 seats five in two rows. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but there isn't much head- or legroom in the rear. Leather seats and heated, power-adjustable front seats are standard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Infiniti QX70?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Infiniti QX70's rear outboard seats. There's a good amount of space for most car seats, but the upper tethers and lower anchors aren't the easiest to access.

2016 Infiniti QX70 Features

The QX70 comes with a decent amount of features, including a Bose audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen on the center stack. Available features include a 360-degree camera system, Bluetooth streaming audio, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation.

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2016 Infiniti QX70 Dimensions

Infiniti QX70 Cargo Space

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 has 24.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats and 62 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is small for a luxury midsize SUV. Cargo usability is further hindered by the QX70's inclined roof. A power liftgate is standard.

2016 QX70 Length and Weight

The QX70 is roughly 15.9 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,209 pounds (rear-wheel-drive models) to 4,321 pounds (all-wheel-drive models).

Where Was the 2016 Infiniti QX70 Built?

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 was built in Tochigi, Japan.

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