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2019 Infiniti QX60: New Car Review

If you’re looking for a 7-passenger luxury crossover not as massive as the Infiniti QX80 but still as capable, a step down to the 2019 Infiniti QX60 is the logical move. Thanks to its unit body design, the QX60 delivers a driving experience more akin to a large luxury sedan than a tall SUV. This design gives drivers a smoother ride and better gas mileage while packing as much — if not more — space inside.

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.

What’s New for 2019?

For 2019, the QX60 gains new standard safety equipment including blind spot monitoring, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection and predictive forward-collision warning. A new ProASSIST package offers lane-departure warning and assist, auto high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot intervention plus front and rear sonar system. All the models upgrade to Infiniti’s new trim names (PURE and LUXE) and a new Limited package is added to the option’s list.

What We Like

Opulent interior; nimble handling for its size; user-friendly navigation and tech features; attractive pricing

What We Don’t

No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; no power lumbar support for the passenger seat; no high-mileage hybrid or diesel option; leather seating is optional

How Much?

$44,995–$65,000

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 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Standard Features & Options

Infiniti offers the QX60 in four grades: QX60 PURE, QX60 PURE AWD, QX60 LUXE and QX60 LUXE AWD. A number of option packages can be added, but only to the LUXE trim.

The Infiniti QX60 PURE ($44,995) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leatherette 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 liftgate 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. Standard safety equipment includes forward emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and predictive collision warning.

The Infiniti QX60 PURE AWD ($46,795) adds Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

The Infiniti QX60 LUXE ($46,795) adds roof rails, 2-way driver’s seat power lumbar, a heated steering wheel, driver’s-side memory for the seat, mirrors and steering wheel, the Around View Monitor, remote engine starting and a 13-speaker Bose Premium audio system.

The Infiniti QX60 LUXE AWD ($48,595) adds Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Options for the QX60 are packaged into groups and limited to the LUXE trim.

The QX60 can be equipped with the Essential package ($2,900) that adds leather seating, Infiniti InTouch voice-activated navigation, SiriusXM and Travel Link with 4-year complimentary service, AroundView monitor, rain sensing wipers and front and rear sonar system.

The Theater package ($2,150) adds dual 8-in color monitors, HDMI and USB port, rear headphone jacks plus a rear-console 120-volt outlet, while the ProASSIST package ($1,850) brings intelligent cruise control, backup collision intervention, active trace control, front and rear sonar system, lane-departure warning and intervention, blind spot intervention and auto high beam assist. The Sensory package ($3,500) adds a 15-speaker Bose Cabin Surround audio, 15-spoke alloy wheels, panoramic moonroof, Advanced Climate Control system with Plasmacluster air purifier, climate controlled front seats, heated second-row seats and a motion activated rear liftgate.

Safety

The 2019 Infiniti QX60 includes front, front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags. Also standard are anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, a tire-pressure monitor, blind spot monitoring plus forward-collision warning and emergency braking. 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

2019 Acura MDXAcura’s bread-and-butter vehicle is comfortable, smooth and loaded with amenities, so its popularity is no surprise. Unlike the QX60, it also offers a hybrid version.

2019 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.

2019 Buick Enclave — The Enclave offers more power than the QX60 and a lower base price. But the base models lack some of the standard driver assists found on the QX60, and the Buick name isn’t in the same league as Infiniti.

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 LUXE 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 PURE version and keep the price around $45,000.

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