2015 Infiniti QX70 S review: One more time, with black shiny bits

2015 Infiniti QX70 S

2015 Infiniti QX70 S

The 2015 Infinity QX70 is one of those vehicles that automotive bluenoses will turn up and sniff, saying that there’s no purpose for a something that’s sort of a coupe but has four doors—or for a four-door that’s not roomy as a sedan—particularly ground clearance and overall layout more of an SUV while it has no pretensions of going offroad. Think of it as a competitor to the BMW X6 line, they say, though you might know what the blue noses think of that.

Never mind. Infiniti knows that enough real buyers believe in the QX70 to introduce a new generation next fall. There are no details yet, though we expect an announcement perhaps at the Chicago or New York auto shows.

2015 Infiniti QX70 S headlamp cluster

The 2015 Infiniti QX70 S headlamp cluster is scalloped into the bumper cover/fender. (click to enlarge)

In the meantime, the 2015 Infiniti QX70 soldiers on during one more orbit around the sun. Nothing much has changed since we tested the 2014 QX70, and by that we mean not much has changed since we tested the 2014 QX70. In its final year of this generation, the vehicle picks up one trim option comprised solely trim features.

Well, the new Sport package, as opposed to last year’s Sport package, has 21-inch wheels instead of 20-inchers. Perhaps there’s a difference between one and the other in handling and ride, but we’ll bet you can’t feel it. If we can join the bluenoses, we’ll note that replacement tires will cost more…though likely a lease will run out before the tires expire.

2015 Infiniti QX70 S dash

The 2015 Infiniti QX70 S interior follows the Infiniti organic styling meme. (click to enlarge)

The 2015 Sport package includes dark finish exterior accents—wheels included, and inside, sport seats and “genuine magnesium” paddle shifters for the automatic transmission. And that’s it.

Our test 2015 Infiniti QX70 had all-wheel drive (instead of the rwd of our 2014 test car) to go with the standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine and seven-speed automatic transmission. That at last makes the QX70 a more rational purchase for someone in the snow belt: “See, I’m going out for milk and bread and you aren’t.”

Although the QX70 is sporty, at least compared to the typical sport-utility vehicle, it’s not particularly light on its feet, the result of being at circa 4200 lbs not particularly light, a fact that takes some of the spark out of the QX70’s 325 horses. It doesn’t feel particularly small, either. The bulging hood, flanked by large rounded front fenders, are intimidating but also part of the fun. Ride is acceptable even if the interior dimensions don’t live up to the exterior measurements.

2015 Infiniti QX70 S

2015 Infiniti QX70 S (click to enlarge)

Our test 2015 Infiniti QX70 3.7 AWD had a base price of $47,300, which after the Technology, Premium and Sport packages, brings the bottom line to $59,535. That price is where our test 2013 started off, and with options The BMW Way, swelled to $82,445, though to be fair, included such things as “soft-close” doors. For the budget-minded—the term very loosely—the 2015 QX70 is a bargain. We can’t say for sure what the next generation of QX70 will bring, but expect the face of Infiniti to change to more like the Infiniti Q60 revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, making the 2015 QX70 instantly old hat.

Though if you can live with that, and that the QX70 makes sense to you in a way that it doesn’t the bluenoses—and that remaining QX70s will soon be selling at discount—then perhaps the 2015 Infiniti QX70 AWD belongs in your garage.

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