If the name doesn’t sound familiar, here’s why: Infiniti has re-named their entire fleet….with all sedans and coupes now carrying a “Q” designation….and their SUVs “QX”.

I’m tempted to say “T” might have been a better letter to use. As in “Testosterone”.

That’s not to say that women can’t appreciate an Infiniti….I’m just saying that Infiniti designs a little more verve into their vehicles than do a number of their competitors.

The QX70 is last year’s FX37. It’s their mid-size five-seat SUV powered by a healthy 3.7 liter V-6 pumping out 325 HP….running through a 7-speed automatic.
No V-8 is offered…no V-8 is needed. Mileage is rated at 17 city and 24 highway.
We averaged between 21 and 22 in a week’s commute.

If you’d prefer all-wheel-drive, it’ll only bump you up another $1,450….and cost one mpg city and two on the highway.

But back to the soul of Infiniti for a moment. Where most manufacturers produce a singular look and feel, Infiniti seems to combine the best of three worlds….Japanese build-quality with European feel…plus wood and quilted leather filled British-style interiors. You’ll even find a retro, jewel-like oval clock mounted in the center of the dash. They ride a bit more firmly and steer a bit more precisely than some of their competitors. If that’s how you like to roll, Infiniti may deserve a look.

All QX70’s come with 18” alloys, a10-way power drivers’ seat with 2-way lumbar, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HID lights, moonroof, power liftgate, folding and heated mirrors, 7” display and 11-speaker Bose sound….and start at $45,945 including destination fees.

Our test QX70 had pretty much everything…a $2,950 Tech package that brought intelligent cruise control, lane-departure and forward collision warning, distance control alert, intelligent braking auto-leveling headlamps and more. This QX can almost drive itself.

The Deluxe Touring package added 20” rims, quilted and climate-controlled front seats, maple interior accents, aluminum pedals and a tonneau cover for $3,300.

Then a $4,300 Premium Package brought us a larger 8” touch-screen, hard-drive nav, voice-recognition, around-view monitor with moving object detection and front and rear sonar, streaming audio, aluminum roof rails and more…bringing our QX70’s total sticker to $56,495.

One last thing…..special kudos to Infiniti for retaining actual buttons on their dash. At a time when it seems that many manufacturers are in a race to make their monitors more and more like video games, in an Infiniti It’s possible to change radio stations or temperatures without taking one’s eyes off of the road.

With distracted driving becoming more and more of an issue, Infiniti, with their safety and tech touches, is doing their part to make sure that you arrive alive.




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