In 2014, what used to be the INFINITI JX became the QX60, as the Japanese-brand automaker adopted a new model-naming system. Seating up to seven occupants in a spacious cabin, fitted with plenty of wood and leather, the QX60 falls easily into the luxury crossover category. Being realistic, it appeals most to buyers who place a high value on comfort and space, as well as posh amenities. A hybrid-powertrain version also is available.
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2016 INFINITI QX60 Overview
What's New for 2016
For 2016, the QX60 gets a moderate freshening, including some modest body revisions, a more responsive suspension with new springs and shock absorbers, and upgraded speed-sensitive steering. Seven new equipment packages are available.
Although the QX60 exhibits the same swoopy appearance as before, it features a new double-arch grille, thinner bi-xenon headlights, and a new body-colored shark fin antenna.
Inside are new graphite weave accents. A revised climate-control system promises more effective heating and cooling of the front two rows, and the soft-touch upper dashboard gets contrast stitching. Newly available safety features includes forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection and predictive forward collision warning.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX60
The sole engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). New liquid-filled engine mounts aim to reduce vibration. New 18- and 20-inch wheels are available.
Only one trim level is offered, with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is estimated at 21/27 mpg (city/highway) with front-drive, but only 19/26 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, seating for seven, keyless entry and start, selectable driving modes, a backup camera, three-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone, and USB input. Also standard are heated power front seats, six-speaker audio, automatic headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, satellite radio, a power liftgate, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
As is typical with INFINITI, options are combined into packages. The available Premium Package includes 13-speaker Bose audio; memory settings for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel; remote start; and roof rails. The Premium Plus package adds a navigation system with the INFINITI Connection, an 8-inch display, real-time traffic and voice recognition. Also included are front/rear parking sensors and an around-view monitor with moving object detection.
The Driver Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, forward collision warning, and backup collision intervention. For 2016, the prior Technology and Deluxe Touring packages have been combined into a Deluxe Technology Package that includes a number of active-safety functions, as well as a second moonroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, power-folding third-row seats, and cooled front seats.
Although QX60 pricing starts at $43,595 (including destination charge), total cost can escalate quickly. Unfortunately, the driver-assistance technologies are expensively package-priced, whereas some rivals make those features standard or offer them for a lower cost. Still, availability of those features helps make the QX60 a competitive three-row luxury crossover.
2016 INFINITI QX60 Review
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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