In the QX60’s hybrid powertrain, a 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder gasoline engine works in concert with an electric motor, for combined output of 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That power plants team with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Engine mounts have been improved for 2016, promising smoother operation. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy is estimated at 26/28 mpg (city/highway) with front-drive, and 25/28 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Only one trim level is offered. Standard equipment includes leather seat upholstery, seating for seven, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, power liftgate, three-zone automatic climate control, power tilt/telescopic steering column, moonroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone, remote engine start, Bose 13-speaker audio, and USB input. Heated power front seats include a memory. Automatic HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED foglamps also are standard. So are front/rear parking sensors and backup collision intervention. Alloy wheels hold 18-inch tires (20-inch optional).
As for option groups, the Deluxe Technology and Theater Package includes a Bose 15-speaker Cabin Surround Sound system, 20-inch alloy wheels, moonroof with power rear sunshade, advanced climate control with auto circulation, climate-controlled front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, and maple interior accents. Rear-seat entertainment includes twin 7-inch monitors and two wireless headphones. Active safety features in the Technology option group include lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot intervention, and front pre-crash seatbelts.
Additional active-safety features available for the QX60 Hybrid include predictive front collision warning and emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, an around-view monitor, and Distance Control Assist. Options include 15-speaker Bose surround-sound, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a roof rack.
INFINITI jacked up the QX60’s price by $6,650 for 2016, to $53,045 (including destination charge). Part of the increase is due to the addition of new standard equipment. Naturally, adding option packages escalates the total price rapidly; but specifying additional safety technology on a vehicle this large would be a wise decision. Because Nissan dropped its Pathfinder Hybrid early in 2015, continuation of the QX60 Hybrid from its luxury division is a bit surprising. Its main rival is the Lexus RX 450h.
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