An Overview of the Infiniti SUV and Crossover Family

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2015 Infiniti QX60. Photo (c) Infiniti

Introduction:

Infiniti is the luxury division of Nissan, but they would prefer that you think of each Infiniti vehicle as unique and distinct from it's Nissan cousins. As the Infiniti SUV and crossover lineup continues to evolve, that is getting easier and easier, even if a recent change in naming conventions has confused the issue. For the 2014 model year, Infiniti renamed all of its sedans and coupes as “Q” models, and all of its SUVs and crossovers as “QX” models.

The Infiniti QX SUVs each share styling cues with each other and with the rest of the Infiniti lineup. They also share some parts and equipment with Nissan vehicles, but they have a distinct identity all their own, with performance and luxury at its core. Each Infiniti SUV comes with a 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

QX50 (formerly EX35)

The Infiniti EX35 debuted as a 2008 model. For 2016, it is known as a QX50 ($34,450) or QX50 AWD ($35,850). A simplified selection of options packages allows buyers to customize their QX50. The Premium Package ($500) upgrades the sound system, climate control system, and adds other luxury options. The Premium Plus Package ($2,000) adds Navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming, NavTraffic, NavWeather and around view monitor. Deluxe Touring Package ($2,400 piles on 19-inch alloys, HID headlights, power folding rear seats and other options.

Another $2,750 gets the Technology Package, including radar cruise control, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and prevention, and intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, bringing the MSRP to $44,495. QX50 is the most compact of the Infiniti SUVs, riding on a 113.4" wheelbase.

The overall length of the vehicle is 186.8"; overall width is 71.0"; height is 62.7"; and curb weight is 3,855 lbs – 4,020 lbs, depending on options and equipment. Luggage capacity is 18.6 cubic feet behind the second row. Each QX50 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that's tuned to produce 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a seven-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is estimated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

2008 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD Test Drive & Review.

2008 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD Photo Gallery.

QX60 (formerly JX35)

The Infiniti JX35 debuted as a 2012 model as a mid-size, three-row crossover with front-wheel drive. In 2014, the name changed to QX60. Base price for a QX60 is $42,400. Add $1,400 for the QX60 AWD ($43,800). QX60 gets a variety of package choices, from Premium ($1,550) to Premium Plus ($3,000) to Driver Assistance ($1,900) to Theater Package ($1,700) and more. QX60 rides on a 114.2" wheelbase. The overall length of the vehicle is 196.4"; overall width is 77.2"; height is 68.6"; and curb weight is 4,385 – 4,524 lbs, depending on options and equipment. Luggage capacity is 15.8 cubic feet behind the third row.

Each QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that's tuned to produce 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 19/26 for all-wheel drive.

2015 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD Test Drive and Review.

2013 Infiniti JX35 Test Drive and Review.

2013 Infiniti JX35 Photo Gallery.

QX70 (formerly FX35, FX45 and FX50)

The Infiniti QX70 is now in its second generation. The first generation (then known as FX) ran from the 2003 model year through 2008; the current generation began in 2009, and has received cosmetic updates in the years since. In 2014, Infiniti changed their naming conventions, and the FX became QX70. A mid-size crossover, the FX shares a platform with the rear-wheel drive Nissan 370Z.

For 2016, FX is available in two configurations: QX70 ($45,850) and QX70 AWD ($47,300). Four packages of options are available: Premium Package ($4,300) brings nav, traffic, weather, streaming Bluetooth audio, around view monitor and other features. Add another $3,300 for the Deluxe Touring Package that includes climate controlled quilted leather front seats and 20” alloy wheels; or add $3,550 for the Sport Package and get paddle shifters, 21” wheels and adaptive front lighting. The Technology Package ($2,950) can be added on top of the Premium and Deluxe Touring Packages. A QX70 with Premium, Deluxe Touring and Technology Packages selected would start at $58,845, and a QX70 with the Sport Package, Premium Package and Technology Package comes in at $59,095. QX70 models get the same 3.5-liter V6 that's in the QX50, here tuned to produce 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque hooked up to a seven-speed automatic transmission. QX70 is rear-wheel drive; QX70 AWD is all-wheel drive. QX70 is 191.3" long and rides on a 113.6" wheelbase. The vehicle is 75.9" wide and 66.1" wide, and weighs in at 4,209 - 4,321 lbs, depending on options and equipment. 24.8 cubic feet of luggage will fit behind the second row, and 62.0 cubic feet of cargo can be hauled with the second row folded. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway for QX70 and 16/22 for QX70 AWD.

2014 Infiniti QX70 Test Drive and Review.

2014 Infiniti QX70 Photo Gallery.

2013 Infiniti FX50 AWD Test Drive and Review.

2012 Infiniti FX35 Limited Edition Test Drive & Review.

2012 Infiniti FX35 Limited Edition Photo Gallery.

2011 Infiniti FX35 RWD Test Drive & Review.

2009 Infiniti FX50 Test Drive & Review.

2009 Infiniti FX50 Photo Gallery.

2006 Infiniti FX45 Test Drive & Review.

2006 Infiniti FX45 Photo Gallery.

QX80 (formerly QX56)

The 2016 Infiniti QX80 is part of the third generation of the full-size three-row SUV. The first generation QX4 (1997 - 2003) was a mid-size SUV based on the Nissan Pathfinder. The second generation (2004 - 2010) was renamed QX56, and was based on the full-size Nissan Armada, sharing a platform with the Nissan Titan pickup truck.

The current third generation vehicle was all-new for 2011, no longer based directly on a Nissan model, and received minor updates for 2012, and a name change to QX80 in 2014. Three versions of QX80 are on sale for 2016: QX80 2WD ($63,250), QX80 4WD ($66,350) and QX80 Limited ($88,850). All receive the 5.6-liter V8 that produces 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, hooked up to a seven-speed automatic transmission. QX is a full-size SUV with traditional body-on frame construction, riding on a 121.1" wheelbase. Overall length is 208.9", width is 79.9" and height is 75.8". The vehicle weighs in at 5,644 - 5,888 lbs, depending on equipment, and is rated to haul up to 1,645 lbs and can tow up to 8,500 lbs. QX's interior can be configured to seat 7 or 8, with 16.6 cubic feet of luggage space behind the third row. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the QX80 and QX80 AWD, and 13/19 for the QX80 Limited.

2012 Infiniti QX56 Test Drive & Review.

2012 Infiniti QX56 Photo Gallery.

2011 Infiniti QX56 Test Drive & Review.

2011 Infiniti QX56 Photo Gallery.

2008 Infiniti QX56 Test Drive & Review.

2008 Infiniti QX56 Photo Gallery.

2006 Infiniti QX56 Test Drive & Review.

2006 Infiniti QX56 Photo Gallery.