Most luxury car buyers favor comfy sedans, but those who insist on the flair of coupe can find it in the 2019 INFINITI Q60. To match its sporty looks, the Q60 offers a driver-oriented cockpit, standard twin-turbocharged V6 power, and classic rear-wheel-drive architecture.
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2019 INFINITI Q60 Overview
What's New For 2019
INFINITI's 3.0-liter V6 now powers all models. The mid-level Luxe and line-topping Red Sport 400 gain forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The previous Sensory Package is now known as the Essential Package, and comes standard on the Red Sport 400.
Choosing Your INFINITI Q60
Last year's four-cylinder has departed, leaving a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V6 as the sole engine. In base form, the V6 makes 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Red Sport 400 models receive a high-out version good for 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive come standard. All-wheel drive is available on all versions for $2,000.
With the standard drivetrain, the Q60 is EPA-rated at 19 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 combined. City and combined estimates are identical on the other variations, while highway efficiency drops by one or two mpg.
As in previous years, the Q60 is offered in Pure, Luxe, and Red Sport 400 trim levels:
Now that the 2019 INFINITI Q60 Pure carries the V6 engine, it's a much better buy. Even so, the lack of leather seats and convenience features makes it under-equipped for this class. We recommend starting your build with the Luxe. The Red Sport 400 is seriously fast and priced accordingly. It's a niche offering for buyers who want the thrill of a sports car without giving up space or comfort.
2019 INFINITI Q60 Review
Handsome styling. Few automakers pen gorgeous exterior designs like INFINITI, and the 2019 INFINITI Q60 manages to feature all of the pretty elements we saw from the concept long ago. Even in a luxury segment that's known for upscale designs, the Q60 stands out with a truly handsome body. Short overhangs, a lengthy hood, and a stubby rear end? Oh yes, the Q60 looks like a true sports car.
While tight for four passengers, the Q60's cabin is handsome, high tech, and, this may sound crazy for a sleek coupe, airy. High-quality materials are found throughout the entire cabin and you'll be hard pressed to find materials or surfaces where INFINITI cut corners.
Potent V6. INFINITI offers two capable powertrains for the Q60, but it's the available V6 that we found to be the best option. With the same engine as the supercar-besting Nissan GT-R, the V6 in the Q60 provides the coupe with impressive performance.
The Q60, though, is most at home on the highway, eating up loads of miles in stride. Ride quality for the Q60 is another one of the coupe's strengths, offering luxury levels of compliance on all types of roads. Those seeking more toys to play with can opt for the Q60 400 Red Sport, which offers a two-mode adaptive suspension system.
So-so fuel economy. No one shopping for a luxurious two-door coupe is after good fuel economy, but the Q60 is more disappointing than others in this regard. The base four-cylinder powertrain manages an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 combined. The range-topping Q60 Red Sport with its V6 isn't far off, with ratings of 20/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Not a track athlete. With the heart out of a GT-R and dashing good looks, one would expect the Q60 to be able to corner like a mini-supercar. That's not the case. The Q60 weighs more than competitors, which lets it down in corners, and the seven-speed automatic transmission can be clumsy at times.
INFINITI's Adaptive Direct Steering leaves a lot to be desired in terms of feedback. Finding the right settings to get it to your liking can be a tedious task.
Final thoughts. Sleek, beautiful, and competent, the 2019 INFINITI Q60 will suit a lot of consumers' needs if they're looking for a comfortable coupe that can seat four in a pinch. With available all-wheel drive and trims that push out 400 horsepower, the Q60 is a capable cruiser with a sporty edge.
If seating four – especially four adults – is something you plan to do on a regular basis, the Q60 may not be the best option. It's not particularly good, especially when it comes to cargo space, as there's a miniscule 8.7 cubic feet of space in the trunk.
Looking for a convertible? Keep looking, maybe to the BMW 4-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A5. Enthusiasts that still enjoy a good manual transmission – if any are still out there – will have to go with a BMW. Still, those options cost more and don't have the same neck-snapping looks as the Q60.