The 2014 Infiniti QX60 could be the poster child for how to adapt a consistent set of design cues--found on Infiniti's latest sedans--to a much larger and bulkier crossover vehicle. The front leads with the large, chrome double-arc grille shape, the fenders swell gently into "haunches" over the openings for the large 18- or 20-inch wheels, and the rear pillar has a crescent shape at the back end over a roofline that drops slightly.
All of these items are meant to say "Infiniti," and in our opinion, the QX60 is a successful design considering its bulk. The stylists have managed to minimize the size by lengthening the rear doors, which also improves third-row access. But that keeps the overhangs shorter, and the long hood prevents any hint of minivan from creeping into the lines.
Against competitors like the slab-sided and shorter Acura MDX, the Infiniti QX60 comes off surprisingly well--and it's not until you get close to it, or see it next to another car, that you realize quite how large the crossover really is.
Inside, even base QX60 models convey a luxurious air. The dashboard, door panels, and seats are all rich but restrained--though the vehicle is designed to accommodate family needs--this will be a working vehicle--rather than over-the-top opulence. Particularly appealing are the array of two-tone interior treatments that keep the large interior light and subtly underscore the luxury positioning.
All-black is available, of course, but we suspect chocolate brown and beige should be popular. Accent trim is wood or matte silver metal. Many parents will likely go for the two-tone as a more pleasant place to spend considerable time ferrying children. Our sole quibble with the interior styling is the analog clock, which verges on becoming as cliched as glossy piano-black trim.