Infiniti QX60

2016 Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti QX60 seats up to seven passengers on three rows. The sizable midsize luxury crossover SUV competes against Acura MDX, Lincoln MKT, and Volvo XC90. When introduced as a 2013 model, it was known as the JX35. A switch to new model nomenclature took place the following year. QX means sport-utility. The QX60 shares its foundation with the Nissan Pathfinder.

Suspension changes for the 2016 Infiniti QX60 include stiffer springs and shock absorbers. The goal was improved dynamics; but rather than enhance agility, the change seems to have only impaired the ride. The styling of the 2016 QX60 was revised, led by a larger grille above an integral air intake.

Offered with either a conventional gasoline V6 engine or a hybrid powertrain, the QX60 is available with front-drive or all-wheel drive.

Infiniti QX60 comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated at 265 horsepower, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The QX60 Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine that makes 250 horsepower, coupled with a 15-kilowatt electric motor.

Blending elegant design with abundant interior space, the Infiniti QX60 is more practical than stimulating to drive. Roadholding is respectable overall, but the body can lean significantly in turns. The length of the QX60 can be an impediment when parallel-parking, and when making your way through narrow urban streets.

Modern, spacious and stylish inside, the QX60 provides splendid third-row access. Thats not the case with Infinitis non-intuitive infotainment system, which tends to be confusing and appears outmoded.

Infinitis QX60 slips neatly into the central core of the luxury crossover market. In contrast, the shapely QX70 is sportier, while the huge, truck-based QX80 is considerably less thrifty with fuel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the QX60 a five-star rating for side-impact, and four stars each in frontal-crash and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Good ratings in all tests, plus Superior for the forward collision system.

Available safety systems include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning and intervention, and lane-departure warning and prevention. For 2016, the forward collision warning has added emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Backup collision intervention can automatically apply the brakes after alerting the driver to an object behind the vehicle, or to cross-traffic at the rear.


2015 Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti QX60 is a luxury crossover SUV with three-row seating that strikes a nice balance between practicality and self-indulgence. Its big, and good for families, but doesnt feel huge underway.

For 2015, the standard electronically controlled continuously variable transmission, or CVT, adds new D-Step Logic Control, which simulates shifts during acceleration, giving a more natural feeling as speed builds. The other changes are cosmetic: an available wheat-and-black leather interior, and three new exterior colors. Launched as the 2013 Infiniti JX, its name was changed to QX60 as part of an overhaul of the Infiniti model nomenclature.

QX60 is quiet, mannerly and competent on the road, if not dynamically exciting to drive. The standard Infiniti QX60 is powered by Nissans familiar 3.5-liter V6, rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, paired with the CVT. Nissan was an early adopter of CVTs and is a leader in this technology. There is also a QX60 Hybrid, using a single 15-kilowatt electric motor/two-clutch system, compact lithium battery pack, and supercharged 2.5-liter engine, yielding a net 250 horsepower.

There are quite a few mid-luxury crossovers with three-row seating. The top player is the Acura MDX with its 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6. It gets about the same fuel mileage as the Infiniti QX60, which is EPA-rated at 21 city/27 highway/23 combined with front-wheel drive, and 1 mpg less with AWD. The QX60 Hybrid gets 26 combined, only 3 mpg more than the V6.

At 196.4 inches, the Infiniti is 4.8 inches longer than the MDX, on a wheelbase that is 5.9 inches longer, so the Infiniti has more passenger and cargo space. Its inherently boxy shape is flattered by a laid-back windshield, curving roofline, and forward-canted rear hatch, set off by a creative zigzag in the rear roof pillar. Its face glitters with a chrome double-arc grille speaking Infinitis current design language.


2014 Infiniti QX60

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is largely unchanged from 2013 with the exception of its name: What was previously the 2013 Infiniti JX carried over to become the 2014 Infiniti QX60. The QX prefix signifies a sport-utility vehicle, while 60 denotes the relative size of the vehicle: between the QX50 (formerly EX) and the QX70 (previously FX).

Also new is the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, which uses a single 15-kilowatt electric motor/two-clutch system, compact lithium battery pack, and supercharged 2.5-liter engine, yielding a net rating of 250 horsepower. The QX60 Hybrid promises an EPA Combined city and highway fuel economy rating of 26 mpg, or 26/28 mpg City/Highway), which is 24 percent higher than the gas-engine QX60.

Also for 2014, the previous Premium Package splits into Premium and Premium Plus groups. Power-folding third-row seats are added to the Deluxe Touring Package for 2014, and all models gain an auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink transceiver.

Introduced for 2013, Infiniti JX was a totally new mid-luxury crossover sport-utility with three-row seating. With a $42,000 base price, seating for seven, and a broad array of luxury features, the Infiniti QX60 strikes a nice balance between practicality and self-indulgence for families.

The standard Infiniti QX60 is powered by Nissans familiar 3.5-liter V6, rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, paired with a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. Like CVTs in Nissan passenger cars, the QX60 version has artificial steps programmed into its control chip, if the driver elects manual mode. Nissan was an early adopter of CVTs and is a leader in this technology.

Although a dozen crossovers with three-row seating fall into the mid-luxury category, the top player is the Acura MDX, which holds a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6.

The Infiniti QX60 achieves an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, 19/25 mpg with all-wheel drive. The Acura MDX rates 20/28 mpg (18/27 mpg with all-wheel drive). The EPA estimates the QX60 Hybrid at 26/28 mpg City/Highway (25/28 mpg with all-wheel drive).

Starting with a clean computer-design screen and the MDX as a reference point, the mid-level Infiniti crossover emerged with generally larger dimensions than its Acura rival. At 196.4 inches, the Infiniti is 4.8 inches longer than the MDX, on a distinctly longer wheelbase: 114.2 inches, versus 108.3.

The combination of long wheelbase and greater length allows Infiniti to claim slightly bigger cargo and/or passenger volume. And a long wheelbase is always a good starting point for creamy ride quality.

Styling may or may not be perceived as a strong suit. The recent trend in crossover SUV design has been to make a big-box vehicle look like something different: as minimally boxy as possible. To help achieve this goal, the Infiniti design team gave its mid-level SUV a laid-back windshield, curving roofline, and forward-canted rear hatch, set off by a nifty little zigzag in the rearmost roof pillar. The prominent nose, incorporating a chrome double-arc grille, is consistent with Infinitis current design language.

Standard luxury features include a power glass moonroof, power rear liftgate, heated power front seats, leather upholstery, four 12-volt power outlets, a very good six-speaker audio system with USB connection for iPod and other devices, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, spiffy electroluminescent instruments, and three-zone automatic climate control.


 

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