The Infiniti QX60 is a three-row luxury crossover. Sharing its platform with the Nissan Pathfinder, it first debuted in 2013, when it was labeled the JX35. Since then, it's gone through styling and content updates to keep it in pace with other upscale seven-seat SUVs. The QX60 is Infiniti's best-selling vehicle.
The Infiniti QX60 fits the bill as a luxury crossover, but is starting to feel a bit dated against its competition. Appointments throughout the cabin are upscale, with plenty of soft-touch materials and nice wood or woven trim broken up by shiny metallic details. Space is ample, particularly in the second row. Access to the third row is easy too, thanks to the sliding, tilting right-side second-row seat.
However, technology features harken back to the vehicle's 2013 debut. The infotainment display isn't very high resolution, and the general layout of the dashboard doesn't feel as modern as newer competitors. It lacks newer features including Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, an all-digital gauge cluster, or head-up display.
Although competitors are quicker from 0-60 mph, it doesn't feel underpowered on the road. Strong throttle tip-in lends an eager feel, and the brakes bite sharply. That said, its comfort-oriented suspension allows a fair amount of body roll in cornering and forward pitch when braking. The steering is ponderous, too. Fuel efficiency isn't as high as other three-row SUVs that make similar power from smaller displacement by turbocharging or electrification.
The QX60 has appeal in its space, comfort, and styling. However, among the many premium or luxury three-row SUVs on sale today, it's not the newest, quickest, or highest-tech. Yet it avoids any pitfalls that would nix it from your consideration list without taking a closer look.
The 2020 QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 paired to a continuously variable transmission. Horsepower measures 295, and torque 270 lb-ft. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels.
The EPA rates front-wheel drive QX60 models at 20/27 mpg city/highway. All-wheel drive models lose one mpg in each measure.
From the IIHS, the QX60 earns Top Safety Pick designation, thanks to many crashworthiness tests that result in the top Good evaluation. Additionally, the standard automatic emergency braking system receives the top Superior score, as it avoided collisions in both the 12 mph and 25 mph tests. However, its standard LED projector headlights earned a Marginal score, the second-lowest rating.
From the NHTSA, the QX60 gets a five-star (out of five) overall safety score. That's comprised of four-star front crash and rollover scores and a five-star side crash score.
Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitors are standard on all QX60 trims. However, lane-departure warning with corrective steering, reverse automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control are all optional on higher-end trims.
The QX60 offers 16.0 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row on models with the standard sunroof; it drops to 15.9 cubic feet when the second-row sunroof is equipped. Folding the 50/50 split third row expands cargo capacity to 40.5 cubic feet on models with the standard sunroof; second-row sunroof-equipped models have 40.2 cubic feet. Maximum cargo volume with the 60/40 split second row folded measures 76.2 cubic feet on models with the standard sunroof and 75.8 cubic feet inside models with the second-row sunroof.
Front-row occupants have 40.7 inches of headroom, and 42.2 inches of legroom. Second-row riders have 38.2 inches of headroom in QX60 models without the standard sunroof, 37.3 inches in models with the second-row sunroof, and 41.7 inches of legroom. In the third row there are 36.5 inches of headroom in models without the standard sunroof, 35.0 inches of headroom in models with the secondary sunroof, and 30.8 inches of legroom.
The QX60 is equipped with an 8.0-inch infotainment display. It includes SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth streaming audio, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available. GPS navigation is optional on higher-end trims. All QX60 models have eight USB ports: Two type-A ports in the front row, and four more type-A and two type-C ports distributed between the three rows. Every trim has a digital display between the instrument gauges to show various vehicle data. A six-speaker audio system is standard, while 13- and 15-speaker Bose systems are optional upgrades. An available rear-seat entertainment package adds dual 8.0-inch displays in the front-row seatbacks, plus wireless headphones and a remote control with HDMI and USB media input ports.
2020 Infiniti QX60 Pure: Entry-level QX60 trim comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED bulbs in the headlights, taillights, and fog lights, plus heated side mirrors. Every glass panel has acoustic- and UV-reducing laminations, plus additional dark tinting on the windows aft of the B-pillar; a front-row sunroof is standard. Opening the QX60's doors reveals stainless steel sill plates, leatherette-covered seating surfaces, power-adjustable heated front-row seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The 8.0-inch infotainment display, eight USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system are standard. Other conveniences and niceties include a power-operated rear cargo door, three-zone automatic climate control, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
2020 Infiniti QX60 Edition 30: Built to commemorate Infiniti's 30th anniversary, the QX60 Edition 30 brings trim-specific special-edition touches and additional content. These include dark-finish 20-inch alloy wheels, Edition 30 badging on the trunk lid and front-door sill plates, dark chrome exterior brightwork, a black mesh grille, and black side mirror caps. Edition 30 models receive a dark gray headliner, GPS navigation, and the 13-speaker Bose premium audio system. GPS navigation is included. Driver-assist features including blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree view camera system, front and rear sonar sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are added.
2020 Infiniti QX60 Luxe: Luxe trim adds roof rails and a rear bumper cargo area protector to the exterior; larger 20-inch wheels are an optional extra. Inside, the 13-speaker Bose audio system is included, the steering wheel gains heating, and a memory function is added to the driver's seat; leather upholstery, second-row sunroof, and heated second-row seats are all extra-cost additions. Remote engine start and driver's seat and steering wheel entry/exit tilting add to the convenience.