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2018 Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $43,300
2018 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,100


The stylish, seven-seat 2018 INFINITI QX60 drops its hybrid-powered counterpart, leaving the 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 with 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque as its sole powertrain combo. The QX60 puts all that power to the front wheels as standard, with all-wheel drive available for $1,800. EPA ratings for the two are 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 22 combined and 19/26/22 mpg for the FWD and AWD models, respectively.

What's New for 2018

INFINITI has largely left the recently-refreshed QX60 alone, apart the deletion of the unloved hybrid powertrain and the addition of Rear Door Alert as standard, a system that is meant to alert drivers that they may have forgotten something in the back seat. If, before driving, the system detects a rear door being opened, shut, and then not reopened at the end of the journey, it warns the driver to check the rear seat.


Choosing Your INFINITI QX60


With the death of the QX60 Hybrid, INFINITI's most affordable three-row is left with a 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 with 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque as its sole engine offering. Front- and all-wheel drive forms (starting at $44,295 and $46,095, respectively, including $995 destination charge) are available. EPA ratings for the two are 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 22 combined and 19/26/22 mpg for the FWD and AWD models, respectively.

The QX60 features a spacious cabin that can fit seven adults comfortably, with a sliding second row (that doesn't require removal of a car seat) for easier third row access standard. Both rows can recline and fold with a 60/40 second-row split and a 50/50 third-row split. Fold down both rows and the QX60 offers 76.5 cubic feet of cargo space.

INFINITI includes a host of comfort and convenience items as standard, including leather upholstery, a heated eight-way power driver’s and six-way power passenger’s seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, INFINITI’s Intelligent Key with illuminated pushbutton ignition, three-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt/sliding moonroof, a six-speaker audio system with INFINITI's InTouch infotainment system, HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio and Travel Link, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, an eight-color advanced vehicle information display in the instrument cluster, a rear-view camera, and a passel of audio/video and USB input jacks.

The QX60's exterior is feature-packed, too, with automatic HID headlamps, LED front fog lamps, sequential welcome lighting, 18-inch aluminum wheels, heated/power/folding exterior mirrors, proximity locking/unlocking, a power liftgate, and more.


If all of the included fare doesn’t satisfy a buyer’s hunger for features, INFINITI has prepared quite the dessert menu of packages. But as sweet as all of this additional equipment may be, the more of it one puts on their plate, the harder the bill will become to swallow.

First up is the $1,800 Premium Package, which includes a Bose 13-speaker audio system with speed-sensitive volume control, two-driver memory system for driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, entry/exit assist for driver’s seat and steering wheel (which is now heated), remote engine start, rear bumper protector, and roof rails.

Next comes the $2,900 Premium Plus Package which is exactly that, with the “plus” being the introduction of INFINITI InTouch navigation with voice commands, 3D building graphics, lane guidance, and SiriusXM with four-year complimentary access to real-time traffic info, around-view monitoring with moving object detection and front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and illuminated kickplates.

After the first two are down, the rest of the packages become available, though many are further entwined in various ways. Each of these packages requires both the Premium and Premium Plus Packages.

The $2,150 Theater Package adds a pair of eight-inch to the back of the front seat headrests and includes two pairs of wireless headphones, an in-dash CD/DVD player, a wireless remote control, a 12- and 120-volt power outlet, and a USB and an HDMI port. A 4G wifi hotspot can connect with up to five devices for on-the-road internet access, although it requires subscription to either 1GB or 5GB monthly plans can be added for $450.

The $1,850 Driver Assistance Package adds the usual suspects – adaptive cruise control, rear automatic emergency braking, distance control assist, active trace control – a system that adjusts braking and engine torque forces to help enhance cornering feel – blind-spot warning, auto-dimming side mirrors, and an Eco Pedal that when selected via the drive mode selector's control wheel alters the gas pedal’s effectiveness and feel when pressed. The idea is to help boost fuel economy, although its real-world effectiveness is questionable. A $1,000 20-inch Tire and Wheel Package does exactly what it says on the tin.


But INFINITI’s pièce de résistance is its Deluxe Technology Package. This monster includes just about everything but the Theater Package, and for its $7,300 price – not including the requisite $4,700 in Premium Packages, which bring the actual total to $12,000 – it had better.

A $2,650 slice of that goes towards the also-required Driver Assistance and the 20-inch Tire and Wheel packages, while the remaining $4,650 buys a blizzard of comfort, convenience, and appearance items, including a second- and third-row moonroof with power rear shade, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard second row seats, an improved 15-speaker Bose audio system, an Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster air purifier and Grape Polyphenol Filter (yes, really), power third row seatbacks, a motion-activated liftgate, a unique upholstery pattern on the first two rows plus Maple interior accents, and a host of additional safety gizmos, including lane departure prevention, blind spot monitoring, predictive forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, front seat pre-crash seat belts, and automatic high beams.

It is at this point that the heartiest of eaters might want to order a digestif (or five), for the MSRP of a QX60 AWD crammed with every item that’s been mentioned is $60,695, $14,600 of which is pure frosting.

CarsDirect Tip

“In for a penny, in for a pound” perfectly describes INFINITI’s options scheme, so don’t go into it thinking you can pick and choose just the bits you want to add to your “stock” QX60 in an effort to save money. As with most premium vehicle manufacturers, INFINITI’s base MSRPs are meant merely as the starting point for your hike up Options Mountain rather than your journey’s end. But if you’re judicious with your selections and stick to purchasing only the equipment you need, you’ll find your QX60’s MSRP much more palatable.

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Shoppers looking for a three-row luxury crossover utility vehicle would do well to consider the 2018 INFINITI QX60. Its lavish interior and powerful engine are its strong suits, while its greatest weakness may lie in its frustratingly complex option packages, which build on each other and drive up the price.

Best Value

The 2018 INFINITI QX60 is a single trim model with several packages available. Without trim levels, you need to examine carefully what each package represents. We chose the all-wheel drive model as it supplies better handling, especially on slippery roads. INFINITI prices this model from $44,295.

We also chose the most expensive package, the Deluxe Technology Package, as it brings in the many tech, comfort, and driver-assistance features. But there's a caveat – while it retails for $7,300, INFINITI requires two lower-tier packages to get it. Customers have to add the $1,800 Premium Package as well as the $2,900 Premium Plus Package. So while the Deluxe Technology Package seems pricey, its real-world $12,000 price tag is exorbitant– it's over a quarter of the QX60's starting price.

So is the Deluxe Technology Package worth it? Yeah, it is. It elevates the QX60 from simple luxury crossover to a tech-laden three-row that makes driving safer, and isn't that the most important thing for the families it's destined to tote?

  • Model: 2018 INFINITI QX60
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 295 hp / 270 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Continuously variable automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: All-wheel drive ($1,800), Deluxe Technology Package ($7,300, intelligent cruise control with full stop, blind spot warning, distance control assist, backup collision intervention, and front and rear sensors, 15-speaker Bose audio system, 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, sunroof, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats and maple interior accents), Premium Package ($1,800, 13-speaker Bose audio system, remote start, front seat memory function, heated steering wheel, prerequisite for Deluxe Technology Package), Premium Plus Package ($2,900, navigation, voice recognition, SiriusXM Traffic, INFINITI InTouch Services telematics, prerequisite for Deluxe Technology Package)
  • Base Price:$44,295 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$58,095



With a QX60 Hybrid no longer available, you have only the V6 paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The engine is strong, but coarse sounding under hard acceleration – that's a characteristic of every Nissan and INFINITI product to carry this engine (and there have been a lot). The CVT works well and isn’t as grating as offered by some other automakers, managing the engine's willingness to rev well and keeping the engine speed up only as long as necessary. We also like that the QX60 can pull up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

But the QX60 is not an agile three-row crossover – you need the Mazda CX-9 for that. The steering is too light and detached, while the handling is ponderous when presented with a turn. There's too much body roll, with the QX60 constantly reminding the driver of its high center of gravity.


The QX60’s look has held up as it occupies its fifth model year. A few tweaks here and there have kept this crossover in the game. INFINITI successfully managed to apply a sedan’s layout to a crossover without delivering an overwrought roof design or disproportionate fenders. Thus, it is easy to forget how large this model is until it is parked alongside a small coupe or sedan.

Inside, the cabin delivers the high-quality materials along with the fit and finish we expect from INFINITI. Exceptional leathers and pretty silver or wood accents provide substance. As for the quartz clock, we think it offers a look whose time has long passed by.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, the kind of things we could easily manage a lengthy drive in. Ditto with the second-row chairs. The third row, though, is only really suitable for smaller children. There's only 30.8 inches of leg room in the very back row, which is something to consider if you're regularly planning on hauling adults or older children in the back. That said, getting in and out of that third row isn't all that difficult. Cargo volume is also disappointing with the third row up, with just 15.9 cubic feet of oddly shaped room. We'd strongly recommend keeping the third row folded flat when not in use – it boosts the cargo capacity to a far more suitable 40.2 cubic feet.

The Best and Worst Things

You’ll find a generous amount of standard equipment, including power-folding side mirrors, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a power liftgate and a leather interior. For some shoppers, the base model is all they need.

Keeping the price tag of an option package artificially low by requiring a host of prerequisite packages is an infuriating practice that we wish would go away. If a package costs $12,000, why can't the automaker just say so?

Right For? Wrong For?


Families that value refined style and want luxury from a less conventional brand will love the QX60. It's different, and that's a good thing.

Customers that will only occasionally use the third row should look elsewhere, like the new INFINITI QX50. It's smaller, more manageable, more affordable, smarter, and vastly better to drive, and all you need to give up is an undersized bench seat.

The Bottom Line

INFINITI had the family in mind when designing the QX60, delivering a comfortable experience for most passengers. To that end, it provides what shoppers in this segment want, wrapped in a stylish and comfortable package.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 295 HP / 270 ft.lbs.
Xtronic 2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 295 HP / 270 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
76.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
130 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
200.1 "
Exterior Width
77.2 "
Exterior Height
68.6 "
Front Headroom
40.7 "
Rear Headroom
38.2 " / 37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
41.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
60.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,390 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated / Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
6 / 13 Bose / 8 Bose
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Prevention W/active Lane Control Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 60,000 Miles

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