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Car Review : INFINITI QX60

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With classy styling and a well-appointed interior, the Infiniti QX60 makes a strong first impression. And when compared to some of the front-runners in the segment, the QX60 seems to be a bit of a bargain. But while there are plenty of things to like about the Infiniti, there are too many small shortcomings to keep the QX60 from being a fully competitive three-row luxury SUV.

Pros

Generous passenger space

Cabin is quiet and features high-quality materials

Comes with lots of features for the price

Cons

Lackluster acceleration and handling

Ride quality can sometimes be too stiff or overly soft

Front seats aren’t particularly comfortable for a luxury SUV

What’s new

No major changes expected for 2025

Part of the second QX60 generation launched for 2022

Overview

The Infiniti QX60 is a three-row midsize luxury SUV with seating for six or seven passengers. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine and is sent through a nine-speed automatic transmission. You also have the option of front- or all-wheel drive. Even though 2025 will be the QX60’s fourth model year since a major update in 2022, we don’t expect much to change for the midsize SUV.

Competitors to consider

The QX60 has plenty of competitors breathing down its neck. The Acura MDX is better to drive and starts at a similar price &mdash. It’s also just as spacious and features a cabin that’s just as luxurious. Another option is the Volvo XC90. It’s slightly more expensive but has a more refined driving experience. It also offers hybridized powertrains to pick from that net better efficiency. Check out our Expert Rating below to see more detailed thoughts about every aspect of the QX60.

Performance 7.0/10

How does the QX60 drive? The QX60’s V6 engine sounds good when you stomp on the gas pedal, and it delivers smooth power. At our test track, the QX60 sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, putting it comfortably in the middle of the class. Shifts from the nine-speed automatic are smooth and largely imperceptible in everyday driving, but the transmission can be slow to downshift when you need a bit more acceleration. We wound up disabling the engine stop-start system because of its rough engine startup at stoplights.

Handling isn’t a strong point for the QX60. Around turns, the QX60 feels big and heavy. Additionally, the steering feels disconnected and doesn’t give you a good sense of control of the vehicle. Rivals such as the Acura MDX and Audi Q7 are more enjoyable to drive.

Comfort 7.5/10

How comfortable is the QX60? One of the hallmarks of a luxury SUV is a quiet interior and the QX60 certainly delivers. Other than a faint rush of wind, the Infiniti is usually quiet on all manner of road surfaces. The QX60’s climate control is another strength. The system is easy to understand and operate, and it features roof-mounted air vents for second- and third-row passengers for better airflow. Our top-trim Autobiography test vehicle had quick-acting heated and ventilated front seats as well as heated second-row seats.

The QX60’s front seats look comfortable and feel luxurious. But spend some time with them and you’ll find they aren’t particularly supportive and the bolstering is a bit too firm. The second-row seats also feel too flat and firm. But the biggest letdown in the comfort department is the unsettled ride. While the QX60 never feels sloppy or out of sorts, it always feels too stiff when it hits bumps or too soft at higher speeds.

Interior 7.5/10

How’s the interior? Wide door openings and a fairly low ride height for an SUV make it easy to get into the QX60. Taller drivers might find the instrument panel to be a bit too low for their liking, but overall it’s easy to get a pleasing driving position thanks to plenty of seat adjustability and a comfortable-feeling steering wheel.

The rest of the QX60’s interior looks the part of a luxury SUV. The controls are logically arranged. The only drawbacks are gloss black and smudge-prone climate controls, a few too many menu options in the instrument panel display, and a somewhat unnecessary control knob with the touchscreen interface.

Second-row passengers get lots of legroom (with either a bench seat or two captain’s chairs) but they might have to sacrifice some of it to make the third row bearable for adults. The size of the QX60 can make it a bit daunting in tighter spaces, but the available surround-view camera system is a very welcome feature, as is the digital rearview mirror that compensates for the somewhat narrow rear window. Thanks to ample side glass and big exterior mirrors, blind spots are minimal.

Technology 7.5/10

How’s the tech? The 12.3-inch center display screen responds quickly to touches, but the menu layout and some of the graphics look a bit unsophisticated for a luxury vehicle. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration works wirelessly as well as with a USB cable, but Android Auto is USB-only. The QX60 features plenty of charging ports for front-seat and second-row passengers. Sound quality from the available 17-speaker Bose audio system is unremarkable for a premium system.

The voice controls are underwhelming for a luxury SUV, and they lack the natural language recognition possessed by many rival systems. Advanced driver aids are plenty, and for the most part work well. The adaptive cruise control was overly cautious in our testing, however, causing the QX60 to gently slow down in traffic when it wasn’t necessary.

Storage 7.5/10

How’s the storage? The QX60 offers comparable storage to other SUVs in the class. Even if the 14.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats is a bit less than some of the class (the Acura MDX offers 18.1 cubes), the QX60 can certainly hold its fair share once you fold those third-row seats down. The underfloor rear storage trunk is a handy and practical feature.

The QX60 doesn’t offer an overabundance of interior storage spots, but there are enough to keep your personal items stored away. The felt lining in the door pockets and center console is a nice touch. Our test QX60 was fitted with second-row captain’s chairs, and there was enough storage in the removable console between those seats.

When equipped with the optional towing package, the QX60 can tow a respectable 6,000 pounds. Competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Lincoln Aviator can tow more (7,700 and 6,700 pounds, respectively) but require more expensive engine options to deliver those numbers.

Fuel Economy 7.5/10

How’s the fuel economy? The all-wheel-drive QX60 gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in combined driving, which is about average for the segment. On our 115-mile evaluation test route, our AWD Infiniti returned 21.3 mpg, which is a little lower than we’d expect but still a slight leg up on some of its more thirsty rivals.

Value 8.0/10

Is the QX60 a good value? Well trimmed and well equipped, the Infiniti QX60 looks to be a good value as a three-row midsize luxury SUV. Fit and finish, as well and the quality of materials, is very good not only for Infiniti but also for the highly competitive class. It’s priced competitively with the Acura MDX and generally undercuts similarly equipped versions of European SUVs such as Audi Q7.

Warranty coverage is slightly better than average, with the QX60 offering four-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain coverage. Roadside assistance covers four years/60,000 miles, but no free maintenance is offered.

Wildcard 7.0/10

More luxury station wagon than SUV, the Infiniti QX60 is very well suited to carrying up to seven passengers in relative comfort. Well appointed and well equipped, the QX60 makes a good case for itself on value alone, especially against the pricey Mercedes GLE and Audi Q7. But the QX60 lacks some of the critical refinement of its more expensive rivals and can feel ponderous where other three-row SUVs feel more responsive and polished.

Compounding the situation is the similar Nissan Pathfinder, on which the QX60 is based, and the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. All of them do a very similar job but cost less than the Infiniti. This puts the QX60 in a somewhat confusing no-man’s land.

INFINITI QX60 models

The Infiniti QX60 is offered in PureLuxeSensory and Autograph trim levels. Front-wheel drive is standard on every trim, and all-wheel drive is available across the lineup. The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 270 lb-ft of torque) connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Keep reading for our breakdown of the QX60’s notable features for each trim level.

Pure

The base trim is equipped with:

18-inch wheels

LED headlights

Power-folding heated mirrors

Panoramic moonroof

Power liftgate

Leather upholstery (first and second rows)

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Driver’s seat memory functions

Heated steering wheel

Heated front seats with adjustable lumbar

12.3-inch center touchscreen

Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay

Nine-speaker audio system

Wireless smartphone charging pad

Standard advanced driver aids include:

Blind-spot warning (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your path while you’re in reverse)

Rear automatic braking (applies the brakes automatically to avoid an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)

Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)

Luxe

Includes everything from the Pure trim and adds:

20-inch wheels

Roof rails

Auto-dimming exterior mirrors

Enhanced keyless entry with individual driver settings

Digital instrument panel

Front ventilated seats

Power-adjustable steering wheel

Navigation system

ProPilot Assist is included in the Luxe trim and adds:

Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Infiniti and the car in front and can react to traffic signs and set speed)

Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn’t used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)

360-degree camera system (gives you a top-down view of the QX60 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

Front parking sensors

Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)

Blind-spot intervention (automatically steers the car back into its lane if you try to change lanes while a car is in the vehicle’s blind spot)

Sensory

Includes everything from the Luxe trim and adds:

Hands-free power liftgate

Massaging front seats

Upgraded exterior and interior trim

Upgraded leather-wrapped steering wheel

Air purifier

17-speaker Bose audio system

Ambient interior lighting

Heated second-row seats

Power third-row seatbacks

Household power outlet

Autograph

Includes everything from the Sensory trim and adds:

Black roof with black roof rails

Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)

Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)

Upgraded leather upholstery

Second-row captain’s chairs

Digital rearview mirror (allows you to see out of the back even with a fully loaded cargo area)

Tow package (AWD only)

Transmission oil cooler

Tow hitch, receiver and wiring

Trailer sway assist (adjusts vehicle brakes to help control trailer movement if a trailer begins to sway)

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