2016 Infiniti QX70 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Infiniti QX70 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.7

Reviewers like the 2016 Infiniti QX70's powerful V6 and responsive transmission when in manual mode. They say that the QX70 has composed handling, though some add that ride comfort is sacrificed for its aggressive cornering ability.

  • "Sleek, low and fast, the QX70 is still one of the best driving luxury SUVs around, though it has lost some of its mojo with the deletion of the 5.0-liter V8 engine." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Sometimes, you can judge a book by its cover - the QX70's aggressive stance and muscular lines suggest that this crossover is all about performance, and it certainly has all the right stuff under the sheetmetal to back up that impression." -- Left Lane News 
  • "Calling the QX70 a sport sedan on stilts wouldn't be far from the truth. Underneath, the QX70 shares its platform with the athletic-handling Infiniti Q50 sedan (the formerly named G37), yielding a nimble character that few crossovers can match." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • The good news is the powerplant's power. In the FX37, it makes 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque without turbos. The bad news is it's coarse and unrefined. Push hard, and a faint vibration occurs in the shifter, steering wheel, and pedals." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Acceleration and Power

Powering the 2016 Infiniti QX0 is a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 325 horsepower and is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. According to the EPA, the rear-wheel drive QX70 can get up to 17/24 mpg city/highway which is slightly below average for a luxury midsize SUV.

According to test drivers, the QX70’s V6 engine delivers power evenly and acceleration quickly. A few critics report the automatic transmission downshifts too slowly in some situations, while others say it has fast responses when shifted manually, thanks to its rev-matching feature.

  • "Infiniti's 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 delivers excellent response, while the rev-matching 7-speed automatic suffers none of the lag or indecision experienced with some auto-manuals." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 7-speed automatic's paddle shifters and automated rev-matching work wonders, allowing us to circumvent the automatic's computer-controlled module that sometimes seems slow to downshift." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "The base V6 delivers a smooth stream of power that's more than adequate for a vehicle of this type." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "This thing is fast, and once underway power is a smooth rush." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 QX70 stays composed through tight turns, reviewers say, and it doesn't exhibit much body lean. Some testers write the QX70 steers precisely, while others think its steering feels heavy. They agree that the sharp handling comes at the expense of ride comfort, which they say is a little too firm. A few critics think the QX70's brakes are strong. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the QX70 and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "To experience the 2015 Infiniti QX70 in its element, point it in the direction of the nearest winding stretch of asphalt. There you'll find its sport-tuned suspension gives it the kind of confident handling seldom seen in such a tall vehicle, a feeling that's enhanced by its strong brakes and precise steering. The trade-off, however, is a ride quality that's definitely on the firm side." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The ride is a bit on the firm side, especially when fitted with the optional 21-inch wheels, but its not annoyingly harsh and the return on level cornering and aggressive turn-in is well worth the tradeoff." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Steering feel is also very heavy and artificial -- shockingly so at first, but you do get used to it after a while. At times it made it seem like I was wielding the car, not driving it, which is at odds with its sedan/sport crossover feel." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "Underpinned by a version of the RWD-based architecture used by the 370Z, the QX70 offers crisp responses to control inputs along with a taut - but not uncomfortable - ride." -- Left Lane News (2014)

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