The Car Connection INFINITI QX60 Overview
The Infiniti QX60 is a three-row luxury crossover SUV geared toward families.
It competes against premium crossovers such as the Volvo XC90, Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, and Lexus RX.
Redesigned for 2022, the QX60 employs one powertrain to deliver up to seven passengers a quiet, comfy ride and good standard features such as heated front seats and a 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay. Mechanically similar to the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60 competes with the Acura MDX, Lexus RX, Lincoln Aviator, and Volvo XC90, which almost all offer a hybrid variant.
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Second generation, 2022-
The redesign prioritizes comfort and style, while carrying over a familiar 3.5-liter V-6, new 9-speed automatic transmission, and retuned suspension. The biggest changes appear on the body panels and interior finish.
Infiniti says no body panels are shared with the Nissan Pathfinder, and the sophisticated QX60 profile could be mistaken for the Lincoln Aviator or Range Rover Velar. A black roof available on top trims slopes down into an integrated rear roof spoiler, and down low modest black cladding rounds over 20-inch alloy wheels. Chrome trim glints from the greenhouse, rocker panels, and bold but tasteful mesh grille. Fake plastic air intakes, a cosmetic skid plate, and fake dual twin exhaust pipes in back cheapen the approach. Inside, leather upholstery and available open-pore wood grace a quiet understated cabin that shares some buttons and switches with the Pathfinder.
The standard heated front seats with power lumbar support are all-day comfy, and available massagers up the comfort quotient. A second-row bench seat that fits three passengers comes in all but the top Autograph trim that comes with standard captain's chairs. The second-row seats tumble forward without having to move a child booster seat, and the door openings are wider than the first-generation QX60. The redesign also trimmed 2.0 inches from the body, a sacrifice to style that affects cargo room and third-row leg room, which shrinks by about 2 inches. The 60/40-split rear seat reclines, but only 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind it limits the functionality. A 6-foot passenger fits back there, but the QX60 is best for five, at best.
In line with the three-row SUV’s mission to serve families, the QX60 comes standard with safety features such as automatic emergency braking front and rear, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warnings. Optional safety tech includes adaptive lighting and a surround-view camera system. The 2022 QX60 has not been crash tested yet by the IIHS and the NHTSA.
Standard convenience features include a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay (Android Auto requires a cord). Optional features include a large wireless smartphone charger, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.8-inch head-up display, a rear-view camera mirror, and massaging seats.
The 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque come on strong, but in higher gears the paddle shifters are best for passing moves. Front-wheel drive comes standard or available all-wheel drive can help tow 6,000 lb. More sound-deadening materials and thicker glass isolates the cabin from road and engine noise, and retuned steering provides a more direct feel than the numbness of its predecessor.
First generation, 2013-2020
The QX60 shared its platform with the Nissan Pathfinder, and was closely related to the retired Nissan Quest minivan. The QX60 distanced itself from those models with an extended front end and an arcing roofline that dipped into the rear. A new grille added in 2016 integrated with the lower air intake, but the crescent D-pillar harmonized with the rest of the luxury brand's models. Inside, the refined cabin shared much of the switchgear with the Pathfinder.
Called the JX until 2013, the QX60 came with a 265-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) as well as a QX60 Hybrid. The gas-electric powertrain used a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine with a 15-kilowatt electric motor. The combined system was rated at about 250 hp. It was unable 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 earned an EPA combined rating of 26 mpg with either front- or all-wheel drive. The non-hybrid QX60 returned 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined with all-wheel drive and 21/27/22 mpg with front drive.
The automaker shelved the QX60 Hybrid for 2018 due to slow sales.