Our example was also equipped with the automaker's camera-based lane departure warning system and lane-keeping assistant. When this system is activated, the QX70 will beep at the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane without activating the turn signal. Ignore the beep and the system will bias-brake the front wheel on the opposite side of the drift to pull the vehicle's nose back in line. This brake-based system is reactive and won't intervene until you're already crossing the line, rather than proactive and power-steering based like the recently tested's system, which intervenes even before you leave the lane to keep the vehicle centered. The Acura's system is more sophisticated and arguably "better" for more distracted drivers, such as parents with small children onboard, but more attentive drivers will feel less intrusion and nannying from the more relaxed Infiniti system.
When reversing or moving forward at low speed, QX70 drivers are treated to a clearer view of the area around the vehicle thanks to Infiniti's Around View Monitor camera system, part of a Premium package, which uses four cameras and front and rear proximity sensors to stitch together a bird's-eye view of the QX. At the touch of a button, this system, displayed on the dashboard LCD, can be switched to a detailed view of the rear or the passenger's side to aid in parallel parking.
I'm sure that Infiniti offered a blind-spot monitoring system in previous versions of the FX/QX70, but our example was oddly not so equipped and no mention of such a technology can be found on the automaker's consumer Web site. This seems like an odd step backward.
Though starting to show their age, the QX70's infotainment standards and options are still pretty respectable.
Even without any option boxes checked, we've got the 7-inch color display, which is used to display the standard rearview monitor. Via a bank of physical controls below, users have access to Bluetooth hands-free calling, AM/FM and SiriusXM satellite radio, CD playback, and iPod-compatible USB connectivity.
Outside of the dashboard, the QX70 also features standard keyless entry and push-button start, a power rear liftgate that can be remotely opened or closed, and automatic on/off HID headlamps and windshield wipers.
With the addition of the $4,300 Premium package, the 7-inch screen is upgraded to an 8-inch touch screen augmented with the automaker's hard-drive-based navigation system with SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather. The rear camera is replaced with the aforementioned Around View Monitor; Bluetooth gains the power to stream audio via A2DP/AVRCP; and the CD player is upgraded for DVD playback. The power-adjustable driver's seat is also upgraded with two memory positions and an entry/exit position that slides the seat back and moves the steering wheel out of the way, and the steering wheel has itself been upgraded with power tilt and telescoping.
If you really want to upgrade the QX70's throne, check the box for the $3,300 Deluxe Touring package, which adds quilted leather upholstery to all of the seats and heating and cooling to the front seat surfaces. The rest of the cabin is upgraded with aluminum pedals and maple wood trim and the wheels get bumped up from the 18-inch standards to 20-inchers.
Our 2014 Infiniti QX70 3.7 AWD has a price tag of $46,400, which is $1,450 more than the non-AWD model. Add $995 in destination charges and the Technology, Deluxe Touring, and Premium packages to reach our as-tested price of $57,945.
For that sort of money, you're dealing with a vehicle that's sportier than acould ever hope to be but less efficient than the RX 450h AWD. The Infiniti and the Lexus are equally funny-looking. If you've got about $60K in your budget for a luxury crossover, choosing between them will come down to whether you prefer the Infiniti's better cabin and safety tech, which still manages to impress after all of these years, or the Lexus' more efficient hybrid power train.
|Model||2014 Infiniti QX70|
|Power train||3.7-liter V-6, 7-speed automatic transmission, Intelligent All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA fuel economy||16 city, 22 highway, 18 combined mpg|
|Observed fuel economy||16.6 mpg|
|Navigation||Optional HDD-based with SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather|
|Bluetooth phone support||Standard|
|Disc player||Single-slot CD/DVD|
|MP3 player support||Standard analog 3.5mm auxiliary input, USB/iPod connection, optional Bluetooth audio streaming|
|Other digital audio||SiriusXM satellite radio|
|Audio system||11-speaker Bose audio|
|Driver aids||Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Brake Assist, Around View Monitor, front and rear proximity sensors, adaptive cruise control|
|Price as tested||$57,945|