New & Used Infiniti QX60: In Depth
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The Infiniti QX60 is the large luxury crossover SUV that replaced the just-launched Infiniti JX for the 2014 model year. The QX60 has three rows of seating, a V-6 and an optional hybrid drivetrain, and available all-wheel drive. It's a rival for vehicles like the Volvo XC90, the Acura MDX, and the Toyota Highlander.
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The QX60 was christened for 2014 as the successor to the Infiniti JX after the 2013 model year. Under a new naming strategy at Infiniti, all the models in the lineup have new alphanumeric badges, with 'Q' denoting coupes or sedans and 'QX' referring to crossovers. The numbers following refer, roughly, to relative size. The QX carried over essentially unchanged after its name change.
Compared to any of the earlier Infiniti utility vehicles or crossovers, the QX60 is more elegant and family oriented, rather than truck-like or off-road-oriented. It's a sleek, modern, and well-detailed vehicle, with a long hood that removes any hint of minivan, plus a roofline that drops slightly and looks softer. The double-arc grille up front and crescent-shaped rear roof pillar pull the look away from predictable, and the shaping of the side sheetmetal really helps reduce the visual bulk. There's a rich and restrained look to the cabin trims and practical luxury ruling out over all-out opulence.
While the JX only offered one powertrain--a 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)--the QX60 model line includes the QX60 Hybrid. The new powertrain substitutes a 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine that has a single 15-kilowatt electric motor, with a clutch on either end, between the engine and the CVT. The combined powertrain is rated at about 250 hp. The electric motor assists the engine (making around 250 hp) when accelerating, or captures energy to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack when coasting or decelerating. It doesn't, however, have the ability to run the vehicle solely on electric power, even at low speeds--unlike its closest competitor, the Lexus RX 450h hybrid crossover (which only has five seats). The Hybrid is projected to earn an EPA Combined rating of 26 mpg, while the standard model delivers 20 mpg with all-wheel drive, 21 mpg if you order the front-wheel-drive model.
We'd hardly call the QX60's third-row adult-friendly for long distances, but the seven-passenger capability it affords will be appreciated by large families. There's also some packaging innovation--for instance, the ability to move the second-row seat forward even if a child safety seat is latched into place, to give third-row access. And if no safety seat is installed, kids can climb to the third row through a 19-inch gap afforded by the articulating second-row seat. It's worth noting that the battery in the QX60 Hybrid doesn't take up any load-bay space, so cargo capacity is unaffected--which isn't always the case in hybrid versions of conventional vehicles.
All the safety features--and in particular, those with leading-edge active-safety technology--in the QX60 might help win over busy moms and dads. An excellent Around View Monitor is standard, while there's an optional Backup Collision safety camera, which scans the area immediately behind the tailgate when the QX60 is put into reverse; and that's in addition to Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Brake Assist, and a blind-spot detection system.
Although we've found the interface for the infotainment and navigation interface to be convoluted compared to the best in this class, the QX60 does include some excellent standard features--like a moonroof with electric sunshade--plus options such as a Theater package for entertaining those in the back seat and a Bose WaveGuide audio system for everyone, as well as available cooled front seats and heated second-row seats.
The biggest change to the QX60 since its renaming and its new hybrid model comes for 2015. Its CVT gets enhanced shift logic that lets the transmission mimic an automatic's stepped gears, for more familiar performance.