The Car Connection INFINITI QX60 Overview
The Infiniti QX60 is a large, luxury crossover SUV competing with the Acura MDX, the Volvo XC90, and, despite only having two rows of seats, the Lexus RX. Powertrain choices come in two flavors: a 295 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and a hybrid 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder making 250 hp. Both are available with all-wheel drive or standard front-wheel drive.
The QX60 was, for a single model year, known as the Infiniti JX before the automaker implemented a new naming strategy. It carried over essentially unchanged from the JX after its name change, but was heavily updated for 2016 and mildly revised for 2017.
The biggest change for 2017 comes under hood. A 30 horsepower bump to 295 hp is accompanied by a 22 pound-foot of torque boost to 270. Infiniti's more advanced InTouch connectivity suite has been expanded to the QX60 and the optional rear seat entertainment system's monitors are larger and now include an HDMI input.
We rate the QX60 about average in its class. It shines for its functional interior but lacks the polished driving feel of the Acura MDX and Volvo XC90, in particular. Although it has been updated, the QX60 is, at its core, one of the oldest crossover designs—and it's starting to show its age.
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The QX60 holds a unique distinction in the current Infiniti lineup as one of just two models based on a front-drive architecture (the other being the new-for-2017 QX30, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class). The QX60 shares its platform with the Nissan Pathfinder, and you can see the less-expensive model's influence somewhat in the overall shape and size, as well as under the hood. Though it's also closely related to Nissan's minivan, the QX60 distances itself from that shape with an extended front end and an arcing roofline that drops lower in the rear. A new grille added in 2016 integrates with the lower air intake, but the look is still familiar and it combines with the crescent D-pillar to tie the QX60's design with the rest of the luxury brand's models. We find that the well-tailored sheet metal avoids the bulky look of some similar-sized crossovers. Inside, the material colors are rich, though much of the switchgear and some of the layout is shared with less-expensive Nissan models like the Pathfinder.
While the 2013 JX only offered one powertrain—a 3.5-liter V-6 and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT)—the QX60 model line added the QX60 Hybrid. The gas-electric powertrain uses a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine that has a single 15-kilowatt electric motor, with a clutch on either end, between the engine and the CVT. The combined system is rated at about 250 hp. The electric motor assists the engine 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 hybrid-luxury-crossover competitor, the five-seat Lexus RX 450h. The QX Hybrid earns an EPA combined rating of 26 mpg with either front- or all-wheel drive. The non-hybrid QX60 returns 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined with all-wheel drive and 21/27/23 mpg highway with front drive.
One thing to note is that Infiniti dealers typically don't stock the QX60 Hybrid. Instead, the model is considered a special order-only trim level.
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 second-row seat can move 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. A rearview camera is standard, and there's an excellent surround-view camera system that also scans the area immediately behind the tailgate when the QX60 is put into reverse. Other available safety features include lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot warning and intervention, and forward collision warning. For 2016, the forward collision warning system adds emergency braking and pedestrian detection and Infiniti's also adds Predictive Forward Collision Warning that can read two cars ahead.
The QX60 comes with some very welcome standard equipment, such as a moonroof with an electric sunshade. Infiniti also offers an entertainment package to keep rear-seat travelers happy, as well as a premium speaker system from Bose. Seat cooling is available for the front seats while the second row can be optioned with heat. The only big miss on the QX60 is its infotainment setup; it's shared with other Infiniti models and like them has a somewhat convoluted menu structure that can be difficult to navigate.