2018 QX60 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX70, last redesigned for 2009, is a rear-wheel-drive wagon with a racy roofline and muscular hunchback that holds a bit more than the trunk of a sedan. All-wheel drive is available.
QX70 is known for its sharp handling, a driver's crossover built on the platform of the since-replaced G37 sports sedan (and Nissan Z sports car). The first-generation was one of the first vehicles to cross over from car to SUV. It still looks distinctive, if for no other reason than today there are few of them on the road. Now seven years old, it's a dated product.
The QX70 engine has evolved from an early V8 to Infiniti's tried-and-true 3.7-liter V6, but not yet to its latest and smoother V6 that's in other models. The engine in the 2017 QX70 makes 325 horsepower and is torquey, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and rev-matching downshifts, better than a CVT and many 9-speeds.
For 2017, a new Limited Package is available with special exterior and interior trim.
All-wheel-drive is available, improving capability for winter climates and for driving in mud and sand, but the QX70 is not offroad rugged.
It gets an EPA-rated 17/24/19 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined with rear-wheel drive; with all-wheel drive it's one less mpg.
The Infiniti QX70 comes with a high level of standard equipment, and most of the cars in showrooms will come with the Premium package adding navigation, surround-view camera, and a few other things. The Sport and Limited packages include 21-inch wheels, and bring a more aggressive or premium look to the exterior and interior.
A Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. The Infiniti QX60 is a front-wheel-drive luxury crossover that seats seven. Competitors include the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7.
The current-generation model was launched as a 2013 and was called the JX, then renamed QX60 for 2014 as part of an Infiniti nomenclature overhaul. Styling was freshened and suspension stiffened for model year 2016.
The 2017 Infiniti QX60 brings more power, and a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and streaming audio, although the infotainment system remains a weak point.
The 3.5-liter V6 in the 2017 QX60 makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, a significant increase from 2016. The aging engine now has high-tech direct injection. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission that's not great.
We find the Infiniti's look and feel equal to the Acura but below the Volvo and Audi whose designs are more imaginative. All-wheel drive is available, as is a Hybrid model, but that's a low-volume vehicle that most dealers don't stock, and has to be ordered.
Inside, the QX60 is spacious and stylish. We think the interior looks too much like the much cheaper Nissan Pathfinder, whose platform it shares, but the interior trim is of a higher level. Its aura is upscale, but it doesn't match the feel of a Mercedes-Benz or BMW, although those vehicles do cost more. And the QX60 doesn't deliver the driving polish we think it should.
The QX60 earns the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, but that's only if it's equipped with the expensive packages that include all the safety systems such as automatic emergency braking. The 2017 QX60 is EPA rated at 21/27/23 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined. The QX60 Hybrid gets 26/28/26 mpg.
The QX70 is the oldest design in Infiniti's lineup, but its sinewy sheetmetal gives the impression of careful craftsmanship. It makes rivals like the Mercedes GLE and BMW X6 look like sedans with altered rooflines, which is about what they are. Infiniti QX60 comes in standard and Hybrid versions. Option packages include Premium, which adds a Bose 13-speaker sound system, power lumbar support, heated steering wheel, remote starting, and roofrails. Premium Plus adds navigation, surround-view cameras, and Infiniti Connection telematics.