Research

Infiniti QX60

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 as a a 30 horsepower bump to 295 ponies and a 22 pound-feet of torque boost to 270 pound-feet. Additionally, the automaker's Infiniti InTouch connectivity suite has been expanded to the QX60 and the optional rear seat entertainment system's monitors are larger. 

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. 

MORE: Read our 2016 Infiniti QX60 review

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 Around View Monitor 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.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
2015 Infiniti QX60 FWD 4-Door

Good bye MDX, Hello Luxury

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I previously owned a 2007 Acura MDX. During my car search, I initially test drove the 2016 Acura MDX. The MDX is a good vehicle, but is second tier luxury compared to the Infiniti. If you have kids, you will... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Friday, May 20, 2016
2014 Infiniti QX60 FWD 4-Door

nice car but could be better.

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I have owned about two and half years,car have proved to very reliable but trim and paint could be better.the front windshield also defected.
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
2014 Infiniti QX60 FWD 4-Door

Really nice ride

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
Love my car. Hate the nav system. The ride, especially on long trips is fabulous. The gas mileage is great as well. I love how much room I have, and how easily the seats adjust to accommodate whatever task is... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
See all user reviews »
Ready to connect with local dealers?
Get Your Price
Stay up-to-date
Get updates about this model emailed to you.
  • New car reviews for this model by our editors
  • News including price changes, new models, or recall info
  • New incentives and rebates that are being offered for this vehicle