Unique appearance. INFINITI has long been a mold-breaker in the luxury crossover segment, introducing more style and sportiness than its rivals while delivering stellar value. The 2020 INFINITI QX60 is more mainstream than past crossovers from the brand, but it still maintains its unique appearance with a bulging grille, windswept headlights, and swoopy body lines.
How does this value-oriented luxury crossover stand up against some of the best luxury brands in the business? Continue reading to find out.
Peaceful, comfortable interior that shows some age. Inside, the INFINITI QX60 delivers a supremely comfortable cabin with ample sound deadening and comfortable seating in the front two rows. This gives it the feel of a luxury crossover that costs thousands of dollars more. The second row is especially useful with up to 5.5 inches of fore and aft adjustment to accommodate people of different sizes.
While the front two rows are plenty roomy and comfortable, its luxurious feel falls apart in the third row. This rearmost seat is flat and unsupportive, and offers just 30.8 inches of leg room. That comes up 2.7 inches short of the Buick Enclave and 0.8 inches short of the Volvo XC90.
The interior also shows some age in the design department. While the application of leatherette, wood, and metal accents does a nice job of making it look more premium, the countless number of buttons littering the center console looks straight from the 1990s.
Strong, comfortable drive sanszippiness. With a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the INFINITI QX60 sits in the middle of the pack in its class at 295 horsepower, but there are some competitors with significantly more power, including the 310-hp Enclave, the 400-hp XC90 T8, and the 325-hp Audi Q7 55 TSFI.
Despite this shortcoming against some competitiors, the QX60 delivers strong straight-line acceleration and an ample 5,000-pound towing capacity.
Where the QX60 earns its keep is as a comfortable cruiser. This mid-size luxury crossover delivers a superior ride that makes it feel like a pricier vehicle. There's a tradeoff, though, as this soft chassis results in subpar handling for the class, even in “Sport” mode.
Loaded with features, but lacks smartphone integration. When stepping into the base INFINITI QX60 Pure, you'll immediately notice a slew of standard features inside and out that builds a feeling of value. These include LED headlights, leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a six-way power passenger's seat, heated front seats, tri-zone climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen.
There's one glaring hole in this long list of standard features: smartphone integration. Making matters worse, the QX60 doesn’t even offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay as options. They're simply unavailable, which is an unacceptable oversight when many of its competitors offer these features standard, including the Enclave, XC90, and Acura MDX.
The QX60 recovers in the safety department where it includes standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision warning, which help make it an IIHS Top Safety Pick. It also has optional adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams, but they push the price well over $50,000.
Final thoughts. Seeking an alternative to the BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Acura models you see at every stop light? The 2020 INFINITI QX60 offers that with its sharp looks, slew of standard features, and composed ride. That said, there are compromises to make, including its minimal cornering abilities, lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and its tiny rear seat.
Buyers seeking a third row with more comfort will find it in the Buick Enclave or Volvo XC90. And those looking for a sportier drive will find it in the more powerful and better-handling Audi Q7.
If Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are must-haves on your list, you can toss a rock into the mid-size luxury crossover segment and hit a model that comes standard with them.
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