Yet another seven-passenger crossover in the luxury realm, the QX60 distinguished itself with unique looks and a relatively low starting price. You also get rich interior appointments and adult-size room in all three rows.
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2017 INFINITI QX60 Overview
What's New for 2017
The QX60's engine gains 35 horsepower thanks to the addition of direct injection. The available InTouch infotainment system receives a larger touchscreen and HD radio. New package features include a hands-free power tailgate, automatic high beams, and auto-dimming side mirrors.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX60
Every 2017 QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower. Buyer have a choice of front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive ($1,800). Both systems are paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The QX60 can tow up to 5,000 pounds. (INFINITI also offers a hybrid model, covered in a separate entry.)
The roomy interior features a sliding and reclining second row and a reclining third row. The two rearmost passengers enjoy more space than expected. The QX is fully capable of carrying seven full-size adults. With the rows folded, you have 76.5 cubic feet of cargo space at your disposal.
The QX60 comes in a single trim levels with leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated power front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, wood interior trim, keyless ignition, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera. The six-speaker sound system features satellite radio and Bluetooth phone. Outside are 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, heated power-folding mirrors, and LED foglamps and perimeter lighting.
The available Premium package ($1,800) tacks on remote start, driver memory, a heated steering wheel, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system. Models so equipped can get a Premium Plus package ($2,900), which adds navigation, a surround-view camera system, automatic wipers, Bluetooth audio, and INFINITI's InTouch infotainment interface with telematics services.
Models equipped with the Premium Plus package are eligible for a Driver Assistance package ($1,850) with blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear collision warning with automatic braking, and an Eco Pedal that pushes back at heavy-footed drivers to remind them to drive more efficiently. Also included is a feature known as Active Trace Control, which automatically adjusts power output and braking for optimum cornering.
With the Driver Assistance package in place, you can advance to the Deluxe Technology package ($7,300), which offers a plethora of high-end features, including ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third row, a hands-free power tailgate, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, auto-dimming side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a Bose surround-sound system, and 20-inch wheels.
Optional on all configurations is a Theater package ($2,150) with dual rear video screens, wireless headphones, and a 120-volt power outlet.
The QX60's base MSRP is certainly attractive, but it's not hard to add $10,000 to that (in fact, most buyers will). On the other hand, the lower starting price means you can get some features that might be out of reach on key competitors.
2017 INFINITI QX60 Review
Facelifted for 2016 with new front- and rear-end designs, INFINITI’s seven-passenger, three-row luxury crossover descended from the JX that debuted for 2013. Sharing its structure with the Nissan Pathfinder, it gets a stronger V6 engine for 2017.
Pricing and Equipment
The QX60 comes with either a regular gasoline engine or a hybrid powertrain, with front- or all-wheel drive. Prices start at $44,095 (destination charge included) for the regular front-drive model. All-wheel drive goes for $45,895. An upgraded 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection now produces 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque (up from 265 hp and 248 lb-ft), coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). INFINITI offers only one trim level, but several option groups are available.
The basic QX60 includes:
- 3.5-liter V6 and CVT
- Front-drive or all-wheel drive
- Rearview camera
- Leather seating
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Three-zone automatic climate control
- Six-speaker audio
- Power liftgate
The QX60 Hybrid uses a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a 15-kW electric motor and a CVT.
- Use of a CVT rather than a conventional automatic transmission will please some potential buyers, but disappoint others. CVTs tend to draw opposing opinions for their lack of shifts and tendency to hold a high rpm under hard acceleration. Nissan/INFINITI’s version does its job well enough, but doesn’t help make the QX60 seem refined.
- Of the four selectable driving schemes, Sport mode provides “virtual” gear ratios for the CVT, emulating a six-speed automatic. That should at least partially placate those who disdain CVTs.
- A QX60 isn’t as refined on the road as some rivals. Though acceptable for its class, the ride is firmer and less composed than expected in a luxury crossover.
- Handling trails that of rivals. Steering lacks crispness and road feel, while roadholding ranks as no more than adequate. The QX60 leans in brisk turns, and tends to yield a “plowing” sensation if driven forcefully.
- Eco mode can annoy, because the pedal pushes back against the driver’s foot if he or she attempts to accelerate too energetically. We're sure it sounded good on paper, but the execution is occasionally frustrating.
- The Hybrid's isn't all that efficient compared to the gas model, returning 26 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. The V6-powered model, meanwhile, nets 21 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined. Both powertrains demand premium fuel.
- Adults in the front and second rows can expect comfortable seating and ample interior space.
- Substantial sound insulation keeps the cabin pleasantly quiet.
- Wide-opening doors ease entry/exit, as does a somewhat low step-in height.
- INFINITI’s infotainment system falls short of setups in competitive vehicles.
- Though relatively easy to access, the third row is still somewhat low and a tad short on cushioning – most suitable for youngsters.
- Despite higher cost, the QX60s cabin looks much like its Nissan Pathfinder cousin, though detail work is substantially better.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Second-row seats slide fore and aft by 5.5 inches, to reapportion leg space between second- and third-row passengers. Even if a child seat is installed, the third row is accessible.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Valuable safety systems, including automatic emergency braking, come in the Driver Assistance or Deluxe Technology packages, but they’re available only in conjunction with Premium and Premium Plus option groups – the $1,850 Driver Assistance Package actually adds $6,550 to the QX's price, while the $7,300 Driver Technology Package realistically adds $12,000 to the bottom line. The QX60 got a five-star overall rating from NHTSA, but only four for the frontal crash-test.
The Bottom Line
Spacious and stylish, tastefully modern, the QX60 is quite similar to the less-costly Nissan Pathfinder, though interior materials are higher quality.
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