In the crowded market of luxury crossovers, it can be hard for models to set themselves apart. The 2019 INFINITI QX60 offers three-row practicality, a composed personality, and top-notch safety features, all of which make it a reasonable choice among the august competition.

Best Value

The QX60 starts in a "Pure" base trim which is reasonably well equipped, but it doesn't allow access to any of the packages. Much better (and only $1,800 more) is the QX60 Luxe, which adds a Bose sound system, remote start, roof rails, and memory settings. We'll have ours in all-wheel drive for maximum weather-readiness.

INFINITI offers almost no standalone options, preferring to bundle features into packages of varying value. Among the most useful is INFINITI's capable suite of driver assist features. To get that package requires adding the Essentials Package, which isn't too much of a burden, adding pleasant upgrades like leather seats and navigation.

  • Model: 2019 INFINITI QX60 Luxe AWD
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 295 hp / 270 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: Essential Package ($2,900, leather seats, navigation, InTouch services, satellite traffic information, surround-view camera, voice recognition, rain-sensing wipers, illuminated kick plates), ProAssist Package ($1,950, adaptive cruise control, distance assist, backup collision intervention, active trace control, fuel efficiency assistance, auto-dimming side mirrors, lane departure warning and prevention, blind-spot monitoring, intelligent high beams)
  • Base Price: $48,595 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$53,445

Performance

INFINITI QX60

The V6 engine in the QX60 is adequate, but the star of the show is the chassis. It irons out bumps and imperfections into a glassy and comfortable ride. Noise damping is impressive, and the CVT gearbox is unobtrusive. A beefy 5,000-pound tow rating is a pleasant addition for a crossover.

Still, no one will call the QX60 quick. The steering is light and without feel, and the throttle response can be inconsistent. The engine noise can be harsh, and at 22 miles per gallon combined, fuel economy is merely decent compared to modern rivals.

Style

The QX60's exterior is refreshingly elegant, full of clean, curving lines. Angular headlights frame INFINITI's floating badge, while a sloping roofline helps mask some of the QX60's bulk. Eighteen-inch rims are standard, but up to 20-inchers are available on the opulent upper trim. Interior finish is consistently quality. The first and second rows are luxurious and spacious, and top safety ratings lend peace of mind.

The third row isn't quite as likable, suffering from a lack of leg room. Cargo space is mediocre as well, offering only 16 cubic feet with all three rows in place. Our only other minor quibble is the analog dashboard clock, which feels antiquated rather than sophisticated.

The Best and Worst Things

Comfort and safety are the QX60's strong suits. Properly specced, it's a family crossover that never loses its composure. We wish it had the cargo capacity and practicality to match.

Right For? Wrong For?

INFINITI QX60

The QX60 is excellent for family use, as long as passengers seldom exceed five. Children won't mind the cramped third row, and with it removed, cargo space swells to a more reasonable 40.5 cubic feet. Mom and dad will appreciate the luxury up front, and they can rest easy knowing that the QX60 earned a five-star federal safety rating.

For more adventurous crossover buyers, the QX60 may disappoint. Its considerable bulk and numb steering dampen the driving experience, while the cargo arrangements limit practicality. As a comfortable cruiser the QX60 excels, but for minivan duty or rugged expeditions, buyers will be better off looking elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

In a class of vehicles that increasingly tries to promise the sun and moon, the 2019 INFINITI QX60 does a good job of sticking to its strengths. It's comfortable, insulated, and stylish, with an impressive host of pleasant features. It may not be the flashiest new offering on the market, but it's a serene and pleasant companion.