Two luxury SUVs, two different styles
By Don Armstrong
Do you like sportiness with your luxury? The Infiniti QX70 will probably hit your sweet spot in a crowded room full of enticing rides. We’ve always referred to it as the “sports car” of SUV’s.
Designed with a long hood, high-mounted headlamps, a wide, open-mouthed grille and a highly sculpted front clip, the QX70 exudes speed even when parked in the driveway. Its wind-cheating appearance continues through the roofline as it tapers quickly into the rear glass and hatch. The Sport Package includes 21-inch, 6-spoke, dark finished wheels.
A 325-horspower V-6, connected to a 7-speed transmission will confirm its readiness to perform with a flick of the throttle. Fuel mileage is respectable, 17-city and 24-highway.
This 5-passenger midsize welcomes pilot and passengers into a leather wrapped cocoon with design elements that will keep your interest years after your first meeting.
The intuitive infotainment system allows even the novice to master its commands.
Other SUV-makers may brag about more cargo room or headroom, but it’s a small sacrifice to make when going for the fast look.
MSRP begins at $45,850.
If you are the more practical type with conservative taste, Honda’s upscale brand, Acura, may have exactly what you are looking for in the MDX.
The MDX is also in the mid-size class, yet it offers 3-rows of seating. Despite the ability to haul more people, third row seating assignments should be relegated to family members that are smaller in stature. You’ll also find only 15.8 ft. of cargo space when the third row is in use. A motorized second row allows seating to move fore and aft, allowing third row access and a little more leg room back there.
Elsewhere in the cabin you’ll find a very inviting level of comfort with amenities to suit every taste. This Acura’s got lots of high-end leather, a thick steering wheel and plenty of cubbies.
Although modern with a clean, conservative look, the grille is one element we’ve never really liked. Whatever your taste, it does defined the brand.
This front-wheel drive, Honda powered road master is equipped with a 290-horsepower V-6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that achieves a 20 mpg-city and 28-highway EPA rating.
The Acura MDX continues to garner accolades from fellow automotive press members.
Pricing starts at $42,565