Vital Stats

Engine:
SC 2.5L I4 + 15-kW Motor
Power:
250 HP / 243 LB-FT
Transmission:
CVT
0-60 Time:
8.5 Seconds (est.)
Drivetrain:
All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
4,625 LBS
Seating:
2+3+2
Cargo:
76.5 CU-FT (max)
MPG:
25 City / 28 HWY
Base Price:
$46,500
As Tested Price:
$60,780
Infiniti launched its seven-passenger JX crossover for the 2013 model year with the automaker's familiar 3.5-liter V6 as standard equipment. For 2014, the model was renamed the QX60, and a new variant packing a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain joined the lineup. (For those interested in the family lineage, the new arrival is a mechanical twin to the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which we took for a Quick Spin last year).

Hidden beneath the hood of the QX60 Hybrid is a supercharged, 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, rated at 230 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. The combustion engine is supplemented by a 15-kilowatt electric motor, fed by a small lithium-ion battery back (hidden under the rear cargo floor), which adds 20 hp and 29 lb-ft of torque to the mix. Added up, Infiniti rates the total system power at 250 hp and 243 lb-ft – numbers that fall just short of its combustion sibling (the 3.5-liter V6 in the QX60 is rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque). The only gearbox is a continuously variable transmission that drives either the front or all four wheels, depending on what the buyer specs.

The 2014 QX60 Hybrid AWD starts at $46,500 (the green model commands a $3,000 premium over the gas-only model). A long list of factory options such as Roof Rails ($495), Theater package ($1,700), Deluxe Technology package ($6,050), illuminated kick plates ($440) and a Hybrid Premium package ($4,600) bumped our as-tested price to a healthy $60,780, including $995 for destination.

Driving Notes
  • Infiniti lists the AWD Hybrid model's curb weight as 4,625 pounds, but it feels even more substantial from behind the wheel. Even with all-wheel drive, the QX60 drives like a front-wheel-drive crossover (nearly all of the power is routed forward unless slip is detected). The steering is light, with little communication to the driver, and the suspension is predictably soft. Gentle throttle applications from a stand-still deliver lethargic acceleration, with frustrating lag off the line. When pulling into traffic, a heavy foot is required to motivate both the engine and assist motor to work simultaneously. Once under power, the four-cylinder is buzzy with some supercharger whine, traits unbecoming of a luxury CUV. The smooth CVT doesn't help, as it holds the powertrain drone at a constant pitch as the crossover slowly picks up speed. Braking, with the hybrid's regenerative system, was not smooth and the brake pedal did not feel linear in operation.
  • Luxury is something Infiniti does consistently well, and the cabin of the QX60 doesn't disappoint. The interior is beautifully appointed, with quality upholstery and rich woods. Front-seat passengers will find their accommodations very inviting, with comfortable eight- and six-way power-operated heated/cooled chairs. Second-row occupants are also well pampered, with heated outboard cushions, power outlets, climate-control vents and sliding seats (5.5 inches of fore/aft travel). Unfortunately, tall riders in the middle seats will find their legs in an awkward position (knees raised, due to low bottom cushions) and no toe room under the driver and front passenger seats. The third row is easy to access, with a child-seat-friendly pass-through (no need to unbuckle it), but only small children will find that seating area comfortable – it is simply too tight for adults.
  • This particular test car was equipped with a lengthy suite of active safety equipment, including Intelligent Brake Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, Distance Control Assist and Lane Departure Prevention. Most are toggled on/off with a button on the steering wheel or on the dashboard. When enabled, the systems were extremely effective – yet almost too watchful as the proactive computers slowed the vehicle with an overabundance of caution. While we are indifferent on the hand-slapping safety nannies, kudos goes to the full-speed range Intelligent Cruise Control that worked very well in the Los Angeles traffic, despite the inconsistent way local Angelinos drive.
  • Fuel economy should be a hybrid strength, but the QX60 apparently didn't get the memo. The combustion engine seemed to be working very hard and run continuously – the small electric motor doesn't have enough power to move the heavy crossover on its own. Around town, our fuel economy averaged slightly less than 18 mpg, which is significantly less than the EPA's rating of 25 mpg. On the highway, we squeezed out slightly more than 27 mpg, which is slightly less than the EPA's rating of 28 mpg. Overall, we never broke into the 20s, which leaves us scratching our head at the EPA's combined rated of 26 mpg, considering we were not driving the crossover aggressively. (Your mileage may vary, of course.)
  • After a week with the QX60 Hybrid, we were left disenchanted. All of the blame falls squarely on the hybrid system, which costs more up front and handicaps the driving dynamics while doing effectively nothing to improve fuel economy. All of that expensive (and heavy) technology for no apparent benefit. The standard QX60 AWD with the 3.5-liter V6 (rated 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway) is a much wiser choice for those seeking a seven-passenger luxury crossover with an Infiniti logo on its nose.


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  • 64 Comments
      Bernard
      • 7 Months Ago
      For people complaining about dynamics. This is basically a car for people who need a minivan but don't want to be seen in a minivan. They don't care about performance, they just want utility, a comfy ride, and SUV-like looks. Now if this thing is as noisy as the review suggests, then that is a failure to meet comfort expectations.
      leo
      • 7 Months Ago
      compared to the Audi Q7 this looks way better, but the hybrid is a mistake - just stick with the V6 This is definitely a road trip car for those that want to be pampered
        Jay
        • 7 Months Ago
        @leo
        I urge you to go get an eye exam.
      dohc73
      • 7 Months Ago
      Lipstick on a pig for sure. Oddly designed interior details and shapes. Infiniti is so not a luxury brand in my eyes. Just fancier Nissans. They have the goods; they just don't have the style.
        zizixx89
        • 7 Months Ago
        @dohc73
        You sound stupid this is the only vheicle that shares alot with a regular nissan everything else is a completely different car from a nissan everything else has RWD
      godwhomismike
      • 7 Months Ago
      I find the Infiniti QX60 to be as offensive and obnoxious as the Hummer H2 was back in its day. I really have an irrational hatred for this vehicle.
      tbird57w
      • 7 Months Ago
      i'm sure this will help spur sales-I'M KIDDING!
      topmanoh
      • 4 Months Ago

      Picking my new QX60 up later this week. Was still thinking about getting the Hybrid... That's for the good info. I'll stick with the 3.5V6. Distance Control Assist and Intelligent Brake Assist are great for highway driving.


      sniperhunter2001
      • 7 Months Ago
      Having driven the standard JX/QX60...it was always obvious to me that the car was behind dynamically from the very start of its life. Looking at other similar cars with 7-seater possibility, such as the Acura MDX, you have to wonder why Infiniti decided it was okay to underpower this car tremendously, with a poor transmission, and a suspension that just doesn't feel inspiring at all. It's a shame too, because it's a nice looking car, with a nice interior...but it just performs sloppy, and that just isn't par-for-course in this segment anymore. Other manufacturers have made good strides to make a slightly more engaging vehicle. Again, the Acura is an example. The QX60 is currently the one zit in Infinitis lineup.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sniperhunter2001
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          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
          chanonissan
          • 7 Months Ago
          Acura have better dynamics, but not better MPG, other testers got 24 MPG combined but you have to have the AC unit off, if you do not, the engine does not shut off at all.
        Bernard
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sniperhunter2001
        What are the other examples? I find the MDX unattractive.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sniperhunter2001
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        • 7 Months Ago
        @sniperhunter2001
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      dollarbill
      • 7 Months Ago
      Pretty Fugly for $60K .....
      Susan
      • 7 Months Ago
      $60k for a minivan disguised as a SUV for the customer who thinks he/she is fooling anyone that he did not buy a minivan? Wow, the recession must be over.
      Spec
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't get it. If you are up to $60,780 then why not just spend a little more and get a Tesla? Then you get a tax-credit, you can drive in the HOV lane, and you get cheap fuel.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Spec
        My guess would be that many people in the market for something in this segment travel quite a bit... and want something that doesn't take longer than 5 minutes to refuel/recharge. And to that end, because charging infrastructure isn't widespread enough to justify long-distance travel yet. Another guess: loaded Infiniti for $61k versus barebones, lowest-range Tesla for $70k. Not an even trade at all unless you're a Tesla shill/stan/fanboy.
      chanonissan
      • 7 Months Ago
      there is no doubt in my mind that AB got les than 20 MPG, if you read other reviews you will see why. question is why nissan did not have a electric motor for the AC unit, that is what cause the draw down in milage, green car report have test the unit with AC on got 19.5 MPG (same as AB got) and with AC off got as high as 24 MPG combined. But they must remember this is a luxury SUV people want AC. this is poor planning from Nissan USA.
      Anonymous Coward
      • 7 Months Ago
      More customers for the Tesla Model X. Model X + gas savings should be very TCO competitive with this thing and much better performing.
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