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2022 Infiniti Q60: Choosing the Right Trim

The performance luxury coupe is becoming an endangered species. With only a handful of examples in the under $50,000 price range, the 2022 Infiniti Q60 stands out as an aging but still worthy competitor. Not as sophisticated or radical in design as the Lexus RC, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, or Audi A5, the Q60 nevertheless has the power, looks, and moves to keep it in contention.

If the Q60 falls short in one area, it’s the interior. While handsome, the design and materials look dated, and the infotainment setup lags far behind more modern designs from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.  On the flip side, the Q60 comes nicely equipped for the price, with only a limited number of options to keep the ordering process simple.

Every Q60 uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 300 horsepower in the Pure and Luxe trim and 400 horses in the Red Sport 400. Rear-wheel drive is the Q60’s standard layout, with all-wheel drive optional. A 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and downshift rev-matching is standard across the model range.

2022 Infiniti Q60 Pure (Starting at $41,750)

2022 Infiniti Q60 Pure Front Left in White
The 2022 Infiniti Q60 Pure is now available, starting at $41,750.

The 2022 Infiniti Q60 Pure combines essential luxury elements with impressive ride and handling plus acceleration guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

In addition to the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, mechanical highlights for the Q60 Pure include Infiniti’s Drive Mode Select with various modes for changing throttle input, steering ratios, and transmission shift points. The driver can choose between Standard, Sport, Personal, Eco, or Snow modes. Other notable features include hill start assist and Active Trace Control that use the brakes and engine torque to help keep the vehicle on track during aggressive cornering.

The Q60 Pure rides on 19-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in all-season run-flat tires. Automatic on/off LED headlights, LED taillights, LED fog lights, and LED daytime running lights provide ample illumination, while heated power exterior mirrors include LED turn signal indicators.

Rain-sensing wipers and welcome lighting on the front door handles come standard, as does the Intelligent Key remote proximity key fob with door touch unlock, remote power window lowering, and push-button start.

A look inside the Q60’s snug cabin reveals simulated leather-appointed  8-way power front seats with driver’s manual lumbar support. A manually adjustable leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel features controls for cruise, Bluetooth, and audio.

Dual-zone automatic climate control helps keep front seat occupants comfortable, while the Q60’s power windows tout a one-touch up/down feature. An electroluminescent instrument cluster includes an analog speedometer and tachometer, with a center LCD displaying various functions such are station settings, drive modes, fuel range, and outside temperature.

The Q60’s standard audio features six speakers, an AM/FM/HD radio with a CD player, and two illuminated USB ports (one Type A and one Type C).  The system also features SiriusXM satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, and Siri Eyes Free. Voice recognition software via Bluetooth helps make calls or stream music, and a Wi-Fi hotspot is available with a paid subscription.

An unusual dual-screen setup occupies most of the Q60’s center console, comprised of two touch screens. The top screen measures eight inches and hosts the infotainment system, while a smaller 7-inch screen just below houses controls for the vehicle’s information systems, apps, and climate settings. Redundant hard buttons for the audio and climate controls appear along the touch screen’s bottom and outer edge.

When it comes to safety, the Q60 Pure has all government-mandated systems, such as full airbag coverage, anti-lock brakes, a tire-pressure monitor, a rearview monitor, and electronic traction and stability control. However, the base Pure has no advanced driver-assist system. If you want things like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, you’ll need to move up to the pricier Luxe trim.

Other than a $2,000 all-wheel-drive upgrade, the Q60 Pure has no factory packages or options. Somewhat discouraging is the fact the Pure offers only three paint colors: Pure White, Black Obsidian, and Graphite Shadow.

With the $1,025 destination fee, the 2022 Infiniti Q60 costs $42,775. On a 60-month loan at 3% and no money down, the Q60 Pure has a monthly payment of $769. See 2022 Infiniti Q60 Pure models for sale

2022 Infiniti Q60 Pure includes:

  • 8-way power driver’s seat – Allows a more comfortable seating position regardless of size and includes manual lumbar support.
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay – Allows Bluetooth connection of an Apple iPhone to the car’s infotainment system. Android Auto is also standard but requires a wire and open USB port.
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control – Allows driver and passenger to create separate temperature zones.
  • Intelligent Key – Allows unlocking the doors and starting the car with only the key fob in your purse or pocket. The fob can also remotely lower the windows.

2022 Infiniti Q60 Luxe ($50,300)

2022 Infiniti Q60 Luxe Front Driving in White
The 2022 Infiniti Q60 Luxe is now available for $50,300.

Although the Luxe is nearly $10,000 more than the Pure, the standard driver assists and feature upgrades are well worth the added cost, especially if you want your luxury car to act and feel like a luxury car.

Building off the Pure, the Luxe adds a power moonroof, 13-speaker Bose Performance Series audio, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Luxe’s seats get upgraded to supple semi-aniline leather.

Additional driver-assists are plentiful and include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, emergency rear braking, and front and rear parking sensors. Infiniti’s SurroundView monitor gives a 360-degree view outside the car and includes Moving Object Detection that alerts if something or someone is getting too close to the vehicle.

Other features include automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, a haptic steering wheel (vibrates to warn when crossing out of your lane), and adaptive cruise control with the ability to slow or speed up in traffic.

Beyond the option of all-wheel drive, the Luxe offers the Essential Package. The package contains a power tilt/telescoping steering column, power-folding outside mirrors with auto-dimming ability, driver’s seat memory for the seat, steering wheel, and mirrors, plus the Advance Climate Control System with a Plasmacluster ion air purification system.  Also included is navigation with voice recognition and 3D building graphics, plus a 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and TravelLink.

The Luxe also opens the door to more paint color choices.

With the $1,025 destination fee, the 2022 Infiniti Q60 Luxe cost $51,325. On a 60-month loan at 3% and zero down, the Q60 Luxe monthly payment comes to $922. That’s a little over $150 more each month than the Pure, but it’s probably the better option when you consider all you get. See 2022 Infiniti Q60 Luxe models for sale

2022 Infiniti Q60 Luxe includes:

  • Bose audio – The 13-speaker Bose audio is a vast improvement over the standard system, with incredible highs and lows and little to no distortion when cranked up.
  • Heated steering wheel – Quickly warms the steering wheel rim making it more pleasing to grip when the temperature outside reaches sub-freezing levels.
  • Power moonroof – Allows more light and fresh air into the cabin, although it slightly reduces headroom.
  • Standard driver assists – From automatic emergency braking to lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert, the Luxe’s additional driver aids help keep everyone safe.

2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 ($58,200)

2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 Front Right
The 2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is now available at $58,200.

The Red Sport 400 is the high-performance Q60 variant intended to challenge cars like the BMW M4, Audi S5, and Lexus RC F.  The Red Sport manages to squeeze out an additional 100 horsepower from the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and an impressive 350 lb-ft of torque.

In keeping with the Red Sport’s top dog status, Infiniti equips it with most Luxe features, including Bose audio, navigation, the Advanced Climate Control System, and the complete suite of driver assists. It then enhances the Red Sport by adding an adaptive sport suspension, staggered 20-inch alloy wheels, larger sport brakes with red-painted calipers, and quick-ratio electric power steering.

The Red Sport gets upgraded sport seats with power lumbar, power side bolsters, steering-wheel paddle shifters, and an additional Sport + mode for the Drive Mode Select.

Along with all-wheel drive, the Red Sport offers the ProActive Package that includes Direct Adaptive Steering, Lane Departure Prevention (will intervene to guide you back into your lane), Active Lane Control (keeps you centered in your lane), Blind-spot Intervention (actively keeps you from colliding with a vehicle in your blind spot), and adaptive headlights with auto-leveling. An Eco Pedal increases the force needed to depress the accelerator pedal, helping conserve fuel when additional power isn’t immediately required.

Including the $1,025 destination fee, the 2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 costs $59,225. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and with zero down, the Red Sport 400’s monthly payment comes to $1,064. See 2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 models for sale

The 2022 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 includes:

  • Adaptive suspension – automatically adjusts to road conditions by adapting the shocks to keep the ride comfortable and the wheels firmly planted to the road.
  • Sport seats – feature additional power adjustments for the lumbar and torso-hugging side bolsters.
  • Sport brakes – these larger vented rotors and brake calipers improve stopping power while shortening stopping distance.
  • Available Direct Adaptive Steering – uses sophisticated electronics to deliver a more precise steering feel, such as when driving over uneven pavement or pushing the car quickly through tight turns.
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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