• Quiet, comfortable cabin makes for a soothing ride
  • Easy access to third-row seats
  • Smooth transmission operation adds to luxurious feel
  • Plush ride quality that makes long trips enjoyable


  • Not as sporty as some other large luxury SUVs
  • Desirable features are all extra and bundled into packages
  • Off-road capability not part of its formula
  • Tight third-row legroom for adults

Which QX60 does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you live where the snow travel is frequent or traction is limited, skip the all-wheel-drive version of the QX60. After that, the only decisions involve option packages because there is only one trim level. The tricky bit is that most of the option packages require ticking the boxes for the Premium and Premium Plus packages first. Both of those are worth having, though. Beyond that, we say skip the pricey Deluxe Technology package because most of its worthwhile stuff is in the much more affordable Driver Assistance package.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

Previously known as the JX35, the seven-passenger QX60 is a twin of the Nissan Pathfinder. Both are related to the Nissan Quest minivan, Murano SUV and Altima sedan; all are underpinned by a similar structure. You can think of the QX60 as a tall wagon or a minivan equipped with conventional doors. It received a modest refresh last year, so this year's changes are minimal. The QX60's six-cylinder engine receives a boost in power and torque with no impact on fuel economy.

With its continuously variable transmission (CVT), Nissan has carved out an enviable refinement advantage over every other transmission. CVTs don't have predetermined shift points, so acceleration in the QX60 is always an uninterrupted shove all the way up to your desired speed. Coupled with its plush ride and quiet cockpit, the QX60 has the right ingredients for a long interstate drive. Note that this isn't a sport-oriented vehicle. No, the QX60 is a people-mover, through and through.

2017 INFINITI QX60 configurations

The 2017 Infiniti QX60 is available in one trim level, with or without all-wheel drive. A hybrid version is also available (reviewed separately). A variety of option packages are available, however, to tailor the QX60 to suit your sensibilities and budget.

Both the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 270 lb-ft of torque) that receives direct injection this year, bumping its power up by 30 hp and torque by 22 lb-ft. We're big fans of the QX60's continuously variable transmission, which plays nicely with the torquey V6.

Option packages are where the meat of the decision-making needs to happen with the QX60. They include the Premium package, Premium Plus package, Driver Assistance package, Theater package, Deluxe Technology package, and the 20-inch Wheel and Tire package.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD (3.5L V6; AWD; CVT automatic).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current QX60 (in 2014 the JX35 was renamed QX60) has received some revisions, including a face-lift, a retuned suspension and steering, a revised engine and new driver assistance features. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's QX60.


Infiniti is usually synonymous with performance, but the QX60 is more focused on people-hauling in comfort and quiet. In other words, don't expect FX-level acceleration and handling.


The V6 engine is smooth and reasonably quiet, especially at highway speeds. But it doesn't feel overly powerful, a consequence of the smooth operation of the continuously variable transmission.


There's linear brake feel driving around town and never any abrupt responses. 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 — this suspension is soft and sloppy. As such, the QX pushed wide even around slow turns. Not exactly a "sport" utility vehicle.


Even though we'd prefer a traditional automatic transmission over the CVT, the QX is a very easy-to-drive crossover. The easy-to-modulate throttle and brake pedals help in this regard, as does the heavily assisted steering.


Yes, you can get it with all-wheel drive. But that doesn't make it off-road-worthy.


If you're looking for a quiet and comfortable people-mover, you may have just found your ride. The QX is exceptionally quiet and the ride is comfy. About our only complaint is that the seats could use softer foam.

Seat comfort

The front seats are firm but still comfortable. The second row also isn't super-plush, but the seats are slightly higher to provide a better view. The third row has good head- and footroom, but knees will be up into your chest.

Ride comfort

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 QX rolls through corners.

Noise & vibration

There's minimal wind noise despite all the glass area. There's hardly any road noise whatsoever; the tires are very quiet. The CVT makes the engine operate at higher rpm than preferred.


This is a luxurious, thoughtfully designed interior. It not only looks good, but it's also easy to find all the controls. We also like the easy access to the third row.

Ease of use

Most will love the QX's commanding view of the road. The climate control system isn't perfectly intuitive. The audio system is easy to use and has a classy presentation.

Getting in/getting out

The driver seat is at the perfect height for sliding in. Passengers will find it's easy to hit their heads entering the second row. Meanwhile, the QX has one of the most accessible third rows due to the unique sliding-and-tilting second row.


Up front, you'll find plenty of headroom and very good elbow and shoulder room. The center armrest is nice and wide. The second-row seat slides back 5.5 inches. Even the third-row seat reclines, a thoughtful touch.


The JX 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.


Other than the hard plastic dash, the QX is full of fine leather and wood. The usual Infiniti quality is evident in abundance. Above-average workmanship at average pricing.


You'll find lots of interior storage. The cargo area behind the seats is on the small side until you fold the third-row seats. Then it's huge.

Small-item storage

The door pockets and the front bin are very small. But the center armrest bin is very large, and the glovebox is deep. Fourteen cupholders!

Cargo space

Cargo room behind the third row is small, but maximum cargo space is huge.


When properly equipped, the QX35 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, same as the Lexus RX 350. The Acura MDX, on the other hand, can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 INFINITI QX60.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Versatilely, Reliability, Comfort & Value
Peter G.,12/12/2016
Exciting, it is not. BUT the QX60 does everything smoothly and very well. Perhaps I am alone, but I really like the CVT in this vehicle. I waited for the 2017 model, which upgraded the HP +30, the Torque +20 and slightly improved the handling.. Adult passengers love the rear seat. This entire class of SUVs is so extremely competitive, it is hard to go wrong with any of them. I took it easy on the options and ended up with a sticker price of $53,000. Shop different Infiniti dealers for lease pricing.
Replacement for 2013 JX35
Bought this car a month ago, replacing my 2013 Infiniti JX35. Better power, smoother ride, quieter ride, dark carpets instead of beige a real advantage, a great ride. Is it good for off road, I'll never know, or will I care! Is it a great looking, great driving ride, absolutely! A big improvement over 2013 model Infiniti! Looked at Acura, Cadillac, Mazda, Lexus, and I was drawn back to Infiniti, so glad I was! After 18 months, my opinion hasn’t changed one bit. Dependable, comfortable, just finished a 1200 mile road trip, 25.7 mpg. Still get compliments on the looks, how can it be any better?
Great SUV!
I did a lot of research before purchasing. I mean A LOT! Once I narrowed my choices down to 3, I had a spreadsheet to list the prominent features, including gas mileage, weight, height, leg room (my family is tall), features, etc. The QX60 lined up pretty good with the Acura, but I thought the QX60 had a little more pizazz. So then on to the test drive - the QX60 blew me away with that variable transmission - once into Sport mode, oh yes, it's in the wind! It's comfortable, a great ride (nice and quiet) and we've taken it on the road in a thunderstorm - handled great. I've used the 3rd row, though only for kids. The kids were very happy back there as they had "privacy" (ha!) and USB ports. I especially like the Bluetooth and the sound of the stereo. I still have mine at the factory settings cause there is no need to fiddle with it, sounds really good right where it is. I get lots of compliments especially from people who drive Vans - the QX60 is just as tall but without those weird doors you get on a Van. There is plenty room for everyone and whenever someone is in the 2nd row, they remark about how roomy it is. It's the car I wanted, and I got it - mine is Majestic White with the Wheat interior - its really a good looking SUV. Very happy with my purchase and proud that I did the research to make sure I got the best for my money. Good job Infiniti!
Jennifer Parker,09/25/2017
This vehicle has major electrical problems! The screen goes completely black and nothing works, the safety features fail when driving. The only way to fix the electrical failures is to restart the QX60. This is not always possible when you are driving. All I have heard from the dealer is "Corporate is aware of the problems." I have video of these problems. It will stall right after starting. I have also contacted the NTSB over the headlights in this vehicle. They have such a poor range it is dangerous.
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Features & Specs

20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
295 hp @ 6400 rpm
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
295 hp @ 6400 rpm
25 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
250 hp @ 5600 rpm
25 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
250 hp @ 5600 rpm
See all 2017 INFINITI QX60 features & specs


Our experts’ favorite QX60 safety features:

Active Trace Control
Attempts to maintain your desired path through a corner by selectively applying individual brakes.
Distance Control Assist
Pushes the accelerator pedal up or applies the brakes to maintain a desired following distance. Not a collision avoidance system.
Backup Collision Intervention
Sounds a warning and applies the brakes if it detects an oncoming vehicle while reversing.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2017 INFINITI QX60

Quiet, comfortable and with room for seven, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 will appeal to those seeking an SUV with a premium badge, luxury appointments, and a price lower than most of its competitors.

Following a refresh of the 2016 model that added resculpted front and rear ends, new headlights and an upgraded suspension, changes for 2017 are not extensive. There's an enlarged multimedia screen and options that now include a hands-free liftgate and automatic high beams. But the most significant change is an upgraded V6 engine that produces more power (thanks to direct fuel injection) but maintains the same fuel efficiency as before.

The 3.5-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque) comes paired with a smooth-operating automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive version of the QX60 at 22 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). A hybrid model is also available for those who want to maximize mpg.

Built on the same platform as the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60 offers more safety tech and driver assistance features than its stablemate, as well as interior and exterior styling that distinguishes it as a more elegant vehicle.

Infiniti cars typically balance premium features and materials with sporty performance. On the road, however, the QX60 clearly leans more comfort than sport. The ride is stable and controlled, but there’s considerable body roll when trying to hustle it through a corner, for example. The steering, too, feels overly heavy and resistant to give it any real performance pretensions. But as a solid family hauler, running errands or making road trips, the QX60 excels.

Inside, the QX60 surrounds passengers with upscale touches such as leather seats and wood accents, but a hard-plastic dashboard tends to detract from the overall luxury feel. Still, the interior offers many of the comfort and convenience features buyers expect in this class. The front seats offer generous head- and legroom, and those in the second row will find spacious accommodations as well (even if they may need to duck their heads when getting in and out). Third-row access is easier than in most seven-passenger SUVs thanks to a cleverly designed sliding and folding second-row.

The QX60 only comes in one well-equipped trim level, but it comes with heated leather seats, multizone climate control, a rearview camera, a power liftgate, Bluetooth and USB capability. A variety of optional packages allow buyers to pile on luxury, driver assistance and technology features. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Infiniti QX60 that best meets your needs.

2017 INFINITI QX60 Overview

The 2017 INFINITI QX60 is offered in the following submodels: QX60 SUV, QX60 Hybrid. Available styles include 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT), 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT), Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid CVT), and Hybrid 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid CVT).

What do people think of the 2017 INFINITI QX60?

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