2016 QX60 New Car Test Drive
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. That's not the case with Infiniti's non-intuitive infotainment system, which tends to be confusing and appears outmoded.
Infiniti's 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.
The 2016 Infiniti QX60 ($43,595) and QX60 AWD ($45,395) come with the V6 engine, leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, and rearview camera. Also standard are an auto-dimming mirror, HID headlights, LED foglamps, a power liftgate, moonroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
QX60 Hybrid ($53,045), QX60 Hybrid AWD ($54,445) contain the hybrid powertrain with a supercharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Six airbags are standard, including side-curtain bags in all three rows. An Around View Monitor is optional. Premium, Premium Plus, Driver Assistance, Deluxe Technology, and Theater packages are available.