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The 2015 Infiniti QX60 is a fine alternative to the more established 3-row luxury SUVs such as the Audi Q7, Acura MDX and Buick Enclave. Typical of Infiniti's design language, the QX60's elegant exterior seems less blocky and upright than that of some luxury SUVs, and its powertrain offerings and luxury features are at the cutting edge of automotive technology.

Unlike some larger, truck-based luxury SUVs, such as the Cadillac Escalade and the Lexus GX 460, the QX60 is built on the foundation of a front-wheel-drive car. This design gives drivers a smoother ride and better gas mileage while packing as much, or even more, space inside. We appreciate that when creating the QX60, Infiniti didn't just slap a bit more chrome and leather on an existing Nissan model and call it a day.

What's New for 2015?

Changes to the 2015 QX60 are limited to some enhancements to the CVT's D-step shift logic, a new Wheat color interior and some new exterior colors.

What We Like

Opulent interior; nimble handling for its size; user-friendly navigation and tech features; hybrid fuel economy

What We Don't

Slow power hatch; no automatic 3-flash turn signal; Safety-intensive Technology Package can't be ordered as a standalone option; no power lumbar support for the passenger seat

How Much?

$43,395-$61,000

Fuel Economy

The laws of physics dictate that no vehicle that weighs 4,400 pounds and powers all four wheels is going to sip gas while carrying seven occupants. But Environmental Protection Agency ratings of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the all-wheel-drive version (20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy for front-wheel drive) are the best in class. So, too, is the QX60's acceleration, considering the relatively small 3.5-liter V6 engine churning out 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque.

If fuel economy is a primary concern, you can move up to the QX60 Hybrid, which earns an estimated 26 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and 25 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive. The hybrid uses a smaller supercharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor for a combined output of 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque.

Standard Features & Options

Infiniti offers the QX60 in two trims, QX60 and QX60 Hybrid, both with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. A number of option packages can be added to both models.

The Infiniti QX60 ($43,395) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, automatic HID headlights, power folding and heated outside mirrors, a power sunroof, 8-way power driver and 6-way power passenger seats, heated front seats, AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers, USB/iPod and auxiliary input jacks, steering wheel controls for cruise and audio, Intelligent Key with illuminated push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power rear lift gate with variable height adjustment, trizone automatic air conditioning, a rearview monitor with a 7-in screen and a 60/40 split-folding sliding second-row seat.

The Infiniti QX60 AWD ($44,795) adds intelligent all-wheel drive.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid ($46,395) adds a hybrid electric powertrain but is otherwise identical to the gasoline-powered QX60.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid AWD ($47,795) adds intelligent all-wheel drive.

Options for the QX60 are packaged into groups. The QX60 can be equipped with the Premium package ($1,550), which adds a 13-speaker Bose audio system with Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer, streaming Bluetooth, memory for the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors, Enhanced Intelligent Key, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, a heated steering wheel, remote start and driver's seat power lumbar support.

The Theatre package ($1,700) adds dual 7-in color monitors, while the Driver Assistance package ($1,900) brings intelligent cruise control, intelligent brake assist, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, Backup Collision Intervention and Active Trace Control.

The Deluxe Touring package ($3,450) delivers a 15-speaker Bose Surround Sound system, 20-in wheels, second- and third-row moonroof with a power sunshade, Plasmacluster air purification and Advanced Climate Control, climate-controlled front seats, a heated second-row seat and third-row seat-back power return.

Finally, the Technology package ($2,800) includes all the features of the Driver Assistance package plus lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, blind spot intervention and the Front Pre-Crash Seat Belt system (requires Premium, Premium Plus and Deluxe Touring packages).

Safety

The 2015 Infiniti QX60 includes front, front side-impact and full-length side air curtain airbags. Also standard are anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control and tire-pressure monitoring. In crash-test ratings, the National Highway Traffic Administration gave the QX60 five out of five stars overall, with a 4-star rating in the front-end and rollover crash test and five stars in the side-impact test.

Behind the Wheel

The QX60 is a great driving vehicle that actually feels smaller on the road than its immense actual size. Squeezing into small parking spaces is really the only time that the QX60's size becomes apparent from behind the wheel.

The thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel provides exemplary feel and feedback. That's welcome in a world in which power steering seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Throttle calibration is smooth and progressive, with no jumpiness as you ease into the gas. That, combined with the lack of gear changes from the CVT, makes the QX60 impressively serene in traffic around town. The QX60 is a fantastic vehicle for hauling the family in comfort and style. It's an instant contender in the luxury crossover segment.

Other Cars to Consider

Acura MDX -- Acura's bread-and-butter vehicle is comfortable, smooth and loaded with amenities, so its popularity is no surprise.

Audi Q7 -- Audi continues to expand its presence in the luxury market with a benchmark crossover. The diesel version offers amazing fuel economy but with a pricey bottom line.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- A 2011-2013 MB GL-Class SUV offers a number of engine choices, including a V8 and a turbodiesel. Even used, the GL still carries as much clout as it does cargo.

AutoTrader's Advice

The all-wheel-drive QX60 we tested was packed with nearly all the available goodies, running up its sticker from a base price to nearly $58,000. Considering the price of the competition in this segment -- as well as the appealing option packages that include navigation, DVD entertainment and intelligent brake assist -- that isn't bad. But a price-conscious driver who wants the extra 1 mpg could choose the front-wheel-drive version and add only the Premium package, keeping the price around $45,000.

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