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Overview (Final Score: B+)
The Infiniti QX60 is the upscale brand’s model of the popularcrossover-SUV. Unlike the smaller crossovers in Infiniti’s lineup (like the QX30), the QX60 is not aimed at sportiness nor is it the muscular powerhouse that the huge QX80 personifies. Instead, the QX60 is a luxurious family-oriented vehicle whose emphasis is on comfort and efficiency.
In that role, the 2017 QX60 is perfectly suited to the task. This three-row crossover is wonderfully plush and comfortable in both its interior design and its drive dynamic. Typical of the luxury brand, the Infiniti QX60 comes in just one trim level, with a handful of options packages available to tailor it to needs or wants.
Improvements for the 2017 model year include an upgraded engine, a new infotainment screen and some available convenience options. The Infiniti QX60 was more significantly revised for the 2016 model year and carries forward with those styling and interior changes.
What We Love About the 2017 Infiniti QX60:
- Great contemporary exterior look
- Smart interior comfort and ergonomics
- Solid fuel economy returns in the real world
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Infiniti QX60:
- Reliability is a bit in question
- Some might find the drive dynamic a bit lackluster
- Interior styling is very much like the lower-cost Pathfinder
The 2017 QX60 is not a sporty or fast vehicle and it isn’t meant to be. For what it is, it returns great appeal and road confidence through its strong acceleration, unobtrusive transmission and comfortable demeanor.
The 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard with the Infiniti QX60 has been improved from the previous model year to produce 295 horsepower (vs 265). It is mated to a very well-done continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is well-programmed to deliver a shift-style response when the throttle is mashed down and muscle is what the driver seems to want. It otherwise eschews the traditional shifting of a transmission and delivers solid, unblinking RPM at all times, no shifting required. There are definite comfort and fuel economy benefits to a CVT and the QX60 does very well in taking full advantage of those.
Our chief complaint with the QX60 is its ease of driving. It’s not much of a complaint, given the buyer this crossover is intended for, and centers largely on the lack of road feel through the steering and pedals. We expect that only driving enthusiasts will note this and they are not likely going to be buying the QX60 anyway. Nearly anyone who is buying in this segment will enjoy the QX60’s confidence and unintrusive mannerisms. Towing in the QX60 is rated at up to 3,500 pounds.
Pricing and Value (9/10)
The 2017 Infiniti QX60 is one of the best-priced luxury crossovers in the three-row class. Most buyers will likely be purchasing in the $45,000 to $50,000 range, depending on package additions, but the base price for the QX60 is at or below most of its competitor’s base model offerings and has a bit more included. In the mid-range, it’s about where most entry-level luxury crossovers might be and will definitely have more items included with those added packages.
We like the front-wheel or all-wheel drive 2017 Infiniti QX60 with the Premium package and Driver Assistance package added. This includes some great upgrades for the interior, such as a better stereo and more seat adjustment options, and adds some excellent driver aids like the 360-degree cameras and adaptive cruise control. All at a price well under $50,000.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (70/80, 88%)
The competition in three-row luxury crossovers is fairly stiff, though at this size most options are either exceedingly comfortable or very sporty.
Theand fall into the latter category while the falls into the former. We like the Acura for its fun drive dynamic, but aren’t as impressed with its interior or price point. The Volvo offers an excellent interior and a very ergonomic package, but can’t match the Infiniti for fuel economy and third-row comfort. The Lexus is the closest competitor to the QX60 and, while a bit pricier, it does offer a more luxurious interior. Again, its third row is nowhere near as good as the Infinit’s.
In the end, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 is the best family hauler in this luxury segment that we’ve seen. Its combination of great pricing, excellent comfort, good fuel economy and confident drive are a win across the board.
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