Pros: Sporty handling with limited body lean and a very quick and direct steering feel; classy cabin materials; strong acceleration with both V6 and V8
Cons: One of the stiffest-riding SUVs around; radical styling hurts rear visibility; few standalone options—many desirable features are available only in expensive packages
CG Says: Nissan’s luxury division has revamped its model names for 2014; all Infiniti cars now carry a “Q” prefix and all SUVs begin with “QX.” The 2014 QX70 was formerly known as the V6-powered FX37 and the V8-powered FX50. The V6 QX70 has the zip to stand comparison with the 6-cylinder BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, and the costlier, thirstier V8 version has the acceleration and dynamic chops to compare favorably with vaunted V8 German alternatives. But any QX70 lacks the overall polish and brand image of those Teutonic foes, and the swoopy styling and ill-advised suspension tuning create major compromises in ride, visibility, and utility. QX70 high points include solid assembly, a handsome interior, and a relatively strong features-per-dollar ratio for the class despite the expensive option packages. And good or bad, it looks like nothing else on the road—the QX70 appeals most to those who just have to be different.