Pros: Genuinely upscale trimmings and features; simple, easy-to-use controls; addition of Hybrid model; surprisingly good handling; impressive passenger and cargo versatility
Cons: Middling acceleration; some desirable options are available only in expensive option packages; plus-size wheels take a toll on ride quality
CG Says: Nissan’s luxury division has revamped its model names for 2014; all Infiniti cars now carry a “Q” prefix and all SUVs start with “QX.” The 2014 QX60 was formerly known as the JX35. In addition to its new name, the QX60 gets a gas/electric hybrid model with a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Minor revisions include a standard auto-dimming rearview mirror and the addition of a power-folding 3rd-row seat to the Deluxe Touring Package. 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.