2018 QX60 New Car Test Drive
Nissan's luxury division launched its midsize three-row, seven-passenger premium crossover as a 2014 model. Little has changed for the 2018 model year over last year, except for a newly standard Rear Door Alert system. Sluggish sales prompted deletion of the gasoline/electric QX60 hybrid.
The 2018 Infiniti QX60 comes in one trim level, with either front- or all-wheel drive, powered by a 3.5-liter V6, rated at 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, mating with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Styling is elegantly restrained, helping the QX60 stand out in the popular three-row crossover market. The powertrain is a bit behind the times, with unremarkable performance and fuel-efficiency.
Well-equipped before any options are added, each QX60 comes with leather upholstery and an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, riding on 18-inch wheels. Judicious use of the options list can turn the QX60 into quite a luxurious, if costly, crossover.
The new Rear Door Alert system helps the driver avoid leaving a needed item in the back seat after parking. If the system detects that a back door had been opened prior to driving, and it's not opened again at the end of the trip, a warning is issued. The system can be turned on and off easily.
A rearview camera is standard, but advanced safety technology is offered only in a series of expensive option groups. Those modern safety options include active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Some automakers make such contemporary safety features standard, even on vehicles that cost far less.
Crash-test scores have been good. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the QX60 a five-star score overall and for side-impact, but only four stars in the frontal-impact test. The QX60 got a four-star rating for rollover resistance (a calculated figure), a typical result for taller vehicles.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the QX60 top Good scores in all crash tests, but the front-passenger position has not been rated in the small overlap frontal crash. The QX60 earned a Superior rating for frontal crash prevention, if optional equipment is included, but headlights were rated Poor.
Infiniti QX60 ($43,300) comes with the 3.5-liter V6 and CVT, front-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels, a moonroof, power liftgate, heated power front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic temperature control, pushbutton start, rearview camera, 8.0-inch display, Bluetooth connectivity, and Rear Door Alert. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
QX60 AWD ($45,100) substitutes all-wheel drive for the front-wheel drive.
The ($1,800) Premium package includes a 13-speaker Bose stereo, heated steering wheel, and memory seats. Premium Plus ($2,900) adds navigation and a surround-view camera system. The Driver Assistance package ($1,850) includes adaptive cruise control, rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and parking sensors. Stepping up to the ($7,300) Deluxe Technology package adds 20-inch wheels, Bose stereo, active lane control, a motion-sensing power liftgate, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.