The QX60 (formerly the JX35) is a new direction for Infiniti. Forget fluid handling and pin-you-into-your-seat acceleration. The QX60 is about hauling seven people around in utmost comfort and quiet, along with plenty of handy tech features and a well-engineered cabin.
PerformanceInfiniti is usually synonymous with performance, but the QX60 is more focused on people-hauling in comfort and quiet. In other words, don't expect QX70 (formerly the FX)-level acceleration and handling.
The V6 engine is smooth and reasonably quiet, especially at highway speeds. But there's never an abundance of power, and the rubber-bandy CVT masks this fine engine.
Linear brake feel around town, never abrupt response. It was a bit spongy-feeling during panic stops at the test track, but distances were shorter than average for the class.
The steering is syrupy and artificial in the way it builds effort off center. Plus there's too much power assist, giving very little sense of grip from the front tires.
Lots and lots of body roll, as this suspension is soft and sloppy. As such, the QX60 understeers even around slow turns. Not exactly a "sport" utility vehicle.
Even though we'd prefer a traditional automatic transmission over the CVT, the QX60 is an easy-to-drive crossover. Aided by linear throttle and brakes, and light steering.
When properly equipped, the QX60 AWD can tow up to 5,000 lbs. That's the same as the Acura MDX, and more than the Lexus RX 350.
Yes, you can get the QX60 with all-wheel drive. But that doesn't make it off-road-worthy.
ComfortIf you're looking for a quiet and comfortable people-mover, you may have just found your ride. The QX60 is exceptionally quiet and the ride is comfy. About our only complaint is that the seats could use softer foam.
Front seats are firm, but still comfortable. Second row also isn't super-plush, but offers stadium seating. Third row has good head- and foot room but knees are up into your chest.
The smooth, even ride soaks up most bumps well. But there's a tautness to the ride that was unexpected, especially with the way the QX60 rolls through corners.
Minimal wind noise despite all the glass area. There's hardly any road noise whatsoever (very quiet tires). The CVT makes the engine operate at higher rpm than preferred.
InteriorIf you're familiar with the Infiniti Q70 sedan, you'll be instantly at home inside the QX60. This is a luxurious, thoughtfully designed interior. Especially the easy access to the third row.
Most will love the QX60's commmanding view of the road. The climate control system isn't perfectly intuitive. The audio system is easy to use and has a classy presentation.
Driver seat is perfect height for sliding in. Easy to hit head entering 2nd row. Meanwhile, the QX60 has one of the most accessible 3rd rows due to the unique sliding/tilting 2nd row.
Plenty of headroom up front, very good elbow and shoulder room. Nice wide center armrest. Second-row seat slides back 5.5 inches. Even the third-row seat reclines. Thoughtful.
The QX60 has four pillars per side and lots of headrests trying to block the driver's view, plus a high beltline. The optional Around View Monitor definitely helps with parking.
Door pockets and front bin are small. Large center armrest bin and deep glovebox. 14 cupholders! Precious little cargo room behind 3rd row, but huge max cargo.
ValueThe QX60 offers decent value at its base price, but once you start loading it up with options the flame flickers. Especially since you have to order everything in high-priced all-inclusive packages because you can't get them individually.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Other than the hard plastic dash, the QX60 is full of fine leather and wood. The usual Infiniti quality is here in abundance. Above-average workmanship at average pricing.
Pretty much all the good active safety features come at a price -- and a stiff one, at that. Our test vehicle had $12,300 in options.
The QX60 AWD starts at $43,945 including $995 destination. Add in all of our test car's options, and suddenly it's a $55,000-plus machine. Still, it's in line with competitors.
The EPA rates the front-drive QX60 at 22 mpg Combined (20 City/26 Highway) and the QX60 AWD at 21 mpg Combined (19 City/25 Highway).
The QX60 comes with a 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, along with drivetrain coverage for 6 years/70,000 miles.
Roadside assistance for 4 years/60,000 miles, which is just slightly better mileagewise than the rival Acura MDX. Neither vehicle offers free maintenance.
Fun To DriveHonestly, the QX60 isn't fun to drive in the least. The only way this Infiniti SUV could be perceived as fun is because you can carry so many kids with ease and in total comfort.
It's not a "driving experience" in the usual Infiniti way. But it's postive in terms of a smooth-riding, comfortable and utterly quiet driving experience.
Again, not much of a personality going on here. It gets the job done of hauling people around, but it just does the job, without any flair whatsoever.
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