Infiniti was fairly early to the three-row luxury crossover game with its JX, which has been continuously updated—and renamed—to become the 2017 QX60. Sharing its underpinnings with the Nissan Pathfinder, the QX60, like its less-luxurious counterpart, offers front- or all-wheel drive and a hybrid variant.
Instead of trim levels, Infiniti offers a number of packages on the QX60 that build on the base model: Premium is the volume package, while Premium Plus adds navigation and is a requirement for a host of safety items bundled together in the optional Driver Assistance Package.
More power headlines the changes for 2017 after a 2016 refresh.
The QX60 sits squarely in the center of the luxury crossover market and goes head-to-head with the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7.
Dubbed VQ35DD, the rejuvenated engine shares less than half of its parts with last year’s V-6. Horsepower is now rated at a stout 295, and torque rises to a healthy 270 lb-ft (gains of 30 and 22). A continuously variable automatic transmission again shuffles torque to the drive wheels, which are either the front two or, as in the example tested here, all four. Although we’d prefer a traditional planetary automatic, Infiniti’s CVT is a generally agreeable unit that imitates step shifts when heavy throttle is applied so as to avoid engine droning. Furthermore, a dedicated manual mode gives the driver seven preset ratios to swap among, while a dial on the center-console tunnel offers four driving modes: Standard, Sport, Snow, and Eco, the last of which engages Infiniti’s intrusive Eco Pedal on QX60s equipped with either the Driver Assistance package or—as installed on our test car—the Deluxe Technology package. The Eco Pedal works by adding resistance to the throttle, thus discouraging the driver from exercising a heavy foot. We generally left the QX60 in the Standard setting, although we occasionally switched to Sport for its slightly sprightlier throttle response. Sport mode also brings a tendency to rev the engine past 3500 rpm, where there is indeed more power accompanied by noticeable coarseness.
Inside, the QX60 is spacious and stylish, but decidedly similar to the much cheaper Nissan Pathfinder.
Interior quality remains the primary difference between the QX60 and its Nissan Pathfinder brother. The Infiniti boasts an overall upscale aura that doesn’t quite deliver the upmarket look and feel of a pricier Mercedes-Benz or BMW.
The QX60 receives good marks for interior volume and flexibility, on the other hand. The third-row seat isn’t an afterthought, and we like how the adaptable second-row seat folds, tilts, and collapses in several combinations, giving good access to the third row even when there’s a child safety seat latched into it. That’s a feature not offered on many rivals. The first and second rows are comfortable for adults, though the third row (no matter how easy it is to reach) is best used for children. With its compact lithium-ion battery pack tucked under the third-row seat, the QX60 Hybrid loses neither cargo space nor the fold-flat seats.
QX60 offers a full suite of safety systems—including automatic emergency braking—bundled in the Driver Assistance Package, but opting for that requires adding the pricey Premium and Premium Plus groups. It’s with that package that QX60 merits the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
Infiniti has announced the 2017 model year will bring a host of updates for its popular QX60. Headlining the updates is a heavily revised 3.5-liter V-6 with direct fuel injection and other improvements, along with an updated infotainment system and an upgraded rear-seat theater package. Exterior and interior designs aren’t changing, however, as Infiniti gave the QX60 a hefty update for 2016.
The QX60 continues to be based on the Nissan Pathfinder, so it’s no surprise Infiniti’s version is getting similar updates as the 2017 Pathfinder. Both are FWD-biased, unibody crossovers with three rows of seating that can fit seven passengers.
Introduced in 2012 as the JX35, the Infiniti got a name change in 2013 as part of the brand’s nomenclature realignment. Now a member of Infiniti’s QX SUV segment, the QX60 is joined by the QX30, QX50, QX70, and the QX80.
So without further ado, let’s look at the updates for the 2017 Infiniti QX60.