2019 INFINITI QX60 Reviews

2019 QX60 New Car Test Drive

Introduction

No matter how crowded the crossover SUV field gets, there's plenty of room for three-row luxury vehicles such as the 2019 Infiniti QX60, a veteran of its lineup for six model years. The QX60 slots above the mid-size QX50 in the lineup, but it's smaller than the truck-based QX80 SUV.

Making automatic emergency braking standard for the 2019 model year adds to the QX60's benefits for family-focused buyers. Standard safety equipment also includes blind-spot monitors with pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warnings.

Nissan's luxury division has added active lane control and blind-spot monitors to the ProAssist driver-assistance package, which also includes adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warnings.

A newly available Limited option package loads Infiniti's second-largest utility vehicle with just about every available feature, but adds plenty to the selling price. The Limited package itself, with interior and exterior enhancements, costs $5,000; four other option groups must be purchased first, bringing the total for the Limited to nearly $17,000 more than the base price.

All QX60s are powered by Infiniti's familiar 3.5-liter V-6 engine, producing 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It mates with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for an additional $1,800. A QX60 is capable of towing as much as 5,000 pounds ? quite a load for a family crossover.

Newly standard active-safety technology boosts the QX60's family appeal, though crash-test results are a bit mixed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2019 QX60 a five-star rating overall and for side-impact, but only four stars for frontal impact and rollover prevention. (The latter, a calculated figure, is typical for taller vehicles.)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 QX60 'Good'? ratings for nearly all crash tests, but judged it only 'Acceptable'? for passenger-side small-overlap crash protection. A 'Marginal'? rating for headlights disqualified it for Top Safety Pick consideration, but frontal crash prevention was deemed “Superior” (with optional equipment installed).

Blind-spot monitors, standard even on base versions, are most welcome because of the QX60's limited rearward vision.

Lineup

Prices do not include the $995 destination charge.

Pure ($44,250) has front-wheel drive and is equipped with 18-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, six USB charge ports, blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. No options are offered.

Pure AWD ($46,050) gets all-wheel drive.

Luxe ($46,050) has front-drive and adds a heated steering wheel, memory system, Bose 13-speaker audio, and remote start. Rear-seat entertainment, leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control and active lane control are optional, bundled into high-dollar packages.

Luxe AWD ($47,850) has all-wheel drive.

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