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2018 Infiniti QX60: New Car Review

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Not as large as the massive QX80, but still capable of carrying seven passengers, the midsize 2018 Infiniti QX60 is the perfect luxury SUV for those looking for a more car-like driving experience in an easy to maneuver package. With an elegant exterior and sumptuous interior, the QX60 is distinctive enough to stand out in a crowded parking lot full of Audi and Lexus SUVs, yet not so over the top that its appearance becomes polarizing. Designed to lure in customers who may be shopping such venerable names as the Audi Q7, Acura MDX and Buick Enclave, 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, if not 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 2018?

For 2018, the QX60 carries over with only minor changes. A new safety alert system reminds the driver to check the rear seat before leaving the vehicle. The innovative Rear Door Alert senses when the rear door is opened before the vehicle is started, then reminds customers to check for pets, personal belongings or sleeping children before exiting the vehicle.

What We Like

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

What We Don't

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; driver assist features should be standard at this price; no power lumbar support for the passenger seat

How Much?

$44,295-$64,000

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 26 mpg on the highway for the all-wheel-drive (AWD) version (20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy for front-wheel drive) are near best in class. So, too, is the QX60's acceleration, considering the relatively small 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

If fuel economy is a primary concern, you can move up to the QX60 Hybrid, which earns an estimated 25 mpg city/27 mpg hwy on both front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive models. 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 of which come with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. A number of option packages can be added to both models.

The Infiniti QX60 ($44,295) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, automatic bi-xenon headlights with manual leveling, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, a power sunroof, 8-way power driver and 6-way power passenger seats, heated front seats, an 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 starting, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a power rear lift gate with variable height adjustment, tri-zone 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 ($46,095) adds Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid adds a hybrid electric powertrain, a heated steering wheel, driver's-side memory for the seat, mirrors and steering wheel, the Around View Monitor, a rear-console 120-volt outlet, remote engine starting, a 13-speaker Bose Premium audio system, Enhanced Intelligent Key and a voice-activated hard-drive navigation radio with Infiniti InTouch and SiriusXM NavTraffic/NavWeather, plus a front and rear sonar system.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid AWD adds Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Options for the QX60 are packaged into groups. The QX60 can be equipped with the Premium package ($1,800), which adds a 13-speaker Bose audio system with an acoustic-waveguide subwoofer, streaming Bluetooth, memory for the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors, Enhanced Intelligent Key, outside mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature, a heated steering wheel, remote starting and driver's-seat power lumbar support. The Premium Plus package ($2,900) adds voice-active hard-drive navigation with Infiniti InTouch, the Around View Monitor, a front and rear sonar system, rain-sensing wipers and a single in-dash CD player.

The Theater package ($2,150) adds dual 8-in color monitors, while the Driver Assistance package ($1,850) brings intelligent cruise control, intelligent brake assist, forward-collision warning, a blind spot monitoring system, a front and rear sonar system, backup-collision intervention and Infiniti's Active Trace Control system.

The Deluxe Technology package ($7,300) delivers a 15-speaker Bose surround-sound system, 20-in wheels, a second- and third-row moonroof with a power sunshade, Plasmacluster air purification with the Advanced Climate Control system, motion-activated liftgate, auto high beam control, climate-controlled front seats, a heated second-row seat and third-row-seatback power return. The package also includes all the features of the Driver Assistance package, plus lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, a blind spot monitoring system, forward emergency braking, predictive forward-collision warning and the front pre-crash seat belt system (requires Premium or Premium Plus). Wi-Fi costs a mere $450 more.

Safety

The 2018 Infiniti QX60 includes front, front side-impact and full-length side-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 Safety 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 it actually is. The only time that the QX60's size becomes apparent from behind the wheel is when you're squeezing into small parking spaces.

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 continuously variable transmission, 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

2018 Acura MDX -- Acura's bread-and-butter vehicle is comfortable, smooth and loaded with amenities, so its popularity is no surprise. Like the QX60, it also offers a hybrid version.

2018 Audi Q7 -- Audi continues to expand its presence in the luxury market with a benchmark crossover. The diesel version is gone for now, leaving a choice of turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder gasoline engines.

2018 Buick Enclave -- The Enclave is all new this year, offering more power than the QX60 and a lower base price. Some driver-assist features optional on the QX60 are standard on the Enclave.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class -- A 2011-2016 Mercedes 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 to nearly $60,000. 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 mile per gallon could choose the front-wheel-drive version and add only the Premium package, keeping the price around $46,000.

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