IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The QX60 offers the usual “premium” polish and features with unusual control clarity and a serene driving experience.
Many desired options come grouped in expensive option
The hybrid model has a supercharged engine.
WHAT IS IT?
The QX60 was introduced for 2013 as the JX, Infiniti’s first 7-passenger crossover SUV. (Infiniti’s line-wide model-name revamping for 2014 brought about the name change.) QX60 fills the gap in Infiniti’s product line between the midsize 5-seat QX70 crossover and the 7-seat premium-large QX80. The latter uses body-on-frame truck-type construction while the QX60 employs a car-type unibody design. QX60 borrows some elements of its basic design from the Nissan Altima, which is produced by Infiniti’s corporate parent.
After receiving its new name and a gas/electric hybrid model last year, QX60 sees only minor revisions for 2015: new available colors and an update to its continuously variable automatic transmission that enables it to mimic the behavior of a traditional automatic.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the QX60 is 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway for front-drive models and 19 city/25 highway for AWD. In Consumer Guide® testing, an AWD QX60 averaged 20.1 mpg with slightly more highway driving than city use. EPA figures for the hybrid model are 25 city/28 highway with front-wheel drive and 26/28 with AWD. Infiniti recommends premium-grade gasoline for the QX60 and regular for the QX60 Hybrid.
VALUE IN CLASS
Urbane cabin appointments with simple (for the class anyway) controls and a serene driving experience are QX60 highlights. Less impressive is the QX’s handling and ride quality when equipped with the optional 20-inch wheels. Base prices are competitive, and though Infiniti requires the purchase of costly option packages in order to get some desired features, considering all the content, it’s not unreasonable.
|BASE PRICE RANGE (2014)||$41,550 – $42,950|
|BODY STYLES||4-door wagon|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||250-hp, 2.5-liter Supercharged 4-Cyl./Electric; 265-hp, 3.6-liter v6|
|DRIVE WHEELS||Front or All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||20-28 MPG|