A new midsize luxury crossover SUV debuted for 2013 as the JX35; but a year later, it adopted the QX60 designation. Seating seven on three rows of seats, the QX60 got a mild freshening for 2016, including new springs and shock absorbers, upgraded speed-sensitive steering, and new equipment packages. A new, larger dual-arch grille sits between slimmer bi-xenon headlights. New safety features became available, and the soft-touch upper dashboard added contrast stitching.

Pricing and Equipment

Starting at $43,595 (including destination charge), the QX60 holds a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, driving a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is estimated at 21/27 mpg (city/highway) with front-drive, or 19/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. Just one gas-engine trim level is offered, but INFINITI also offers a QX60 Hybrid with a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, estimated at an appealing 26 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.

Standard INFINITI QX60 equipment includes:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Selectable driving modes
  • Rearview camera
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Moonroof
  • Keyless entry and pushbutton start
  • Heated power front seats
  • Power-folding heated mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Options include Premium and Premium Plus packages, plus Driver Assistance and Deluxe Technology groups.

Performance Pros

  • A Sport mode makes the CVT emulate a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, with noticeable (if virtual) shift points. There’s also a more linear relationship between engine and road speeds than usual with CVTs, in which the engine tends to run faster than desired while accelerating.t
  • The QX60 is generally quiet, as the CVT tends to limit engine speed in the interest of fuel-efficiency; but the engine does become louder when you step on the gas.
  • It tows up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Interior Pros

  • Not only is the cabin spacious, it’s stylish, including abundant wood and leather. Trim is rich, yet constrained, as the interior emphasizes practical luxury above opulence.
  • Access to the third row is relatively easy, which isn’t a common attribute. Second-row seats tilt and fold in various ways, as well as sliding 5.5 inches fore/aft.
  • Occupants can expect plenty of posh comfort, including heated/cooled seats in the front two rows. Though the QX60 looks and feels upmarket, it’s not in the same league as a BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

Interior Cons

  • Even though INFINITI’s third-row seat beats the one in some seven-passenger rivals, and isn’t difficult to reach, it’s still most appropriate for young, agile folks. Because the bottom cushion is rather low, adults may be forced into a knees-up position that not everyone will find agreeable.
  • Front seats could use a bit more side bolstering, to help keep occupants in place—especially when cruising along curvy roads.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Interior design, using attractive materials and providing spacious comfort, is a strong selling point. So is the relatively easy third-row access, which can be accomplished even if a child safety seat is installed.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Eco mode grows annoying, except on long stretches of highway, as the gas pedal pushes back against your foot. Limited city maneuverability, due to vehicle size, also is a concern.

The Bottom Line

Like other vehicles, the INFINITI QX60 is related to a Nissan model: in this case, the Pathfinder. Interior quality is the principal difference between the two. Because INFINITI does such a good job on the cockpit, paying more for luxurious accommodations is tempting, even if Pathfinder/QX60 driving qualities are similar.