What the experts say about the 2017 Infiniti QX60

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2017 Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti QX60, the mid-size SUV from Nissan’s luxury division, may not be as powerful or dynamic as its German competitors, but it does offer a comfortable, stylish ride for less money. Buyers will like the three-row SUV’s quiet cabin and easy-to-use touch screen infotainment system. The QX60 is also well equipped with a long list of standard features, including Bluetooth, a USB port, and leather upholstery.

The seven-passenger SUV is outfitted with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a robust 265 horsepower. Fuel economy is above average, at 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Infiniti also makes a hybrid version of the midsize SUV that delivers 26/28 mpg.

Inside, the QX60 is family-friendly. The cabin is roomy, with plenty of space for adults in the back rows. The second row slides back to allow easier access to the rear, even when a car seat is installed. The QX60 comes with two sets of LATCH connectors for child car seats.

The SUV earned top scores for crashworthiness from the country’s two important ratings agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  A rearview camera is standard, and an available 360-degree Around View provides a birds-eye perspective that makes the car easier to maneuver and park.

The Infiniti QX60 starts at $43,100.

What the experts are saying

A spacious seven-seater

“The Infiniti QX60 is available with cutting edge technology and has a wonderfully versatile interior perfect for the family on the go. The moveable split bench second row enables quick and easy access to the third row even when there’s a child seat installed in the second row. Additionally, the second row may be moved forward, giving the third row more legroom for older children or adults. Since its release in 2013 as the JX35 and renaming in 2014 as the QX60, this vehicle now competes with the Q50 sedan as the best-selling vehicle in the Infiniti lineup in the U.S.” – James Bulger, general manager at Herb Chambers Infiniti of Westborough

 

Still lackluster despite new name

“Give Infiniti credit for trying, but the reality is that the company’s three-row crossover falls short when compared to its rivals. The QX60 is a rebranded JX35, which arrived in 2013. Despite continuous updates over the years, including a more powerful engine and new technology, the ride tuning is poor and handling is average as it feels ponderous from behind the wheel. Ergonomics are confusing, and the dashboard layout looks dated. Even though the Infiniti does offer a spacious interior, its third row is only suitable for children. I’d suggest looking elsewhere.” – Michael Harley, automotive analyst at Kelley Blue Book

Poor headlights and child restraints

“The QX60 earns our Top Safety Pick designation so it’s a very safe vehicle.  It misses getting the highest ‘plus’ rating because of poor performance for its headlights. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added headlight performance to our safety ratings last year because we found big differences in how well headlights light up the road.  If you do a lot of driving at night, you should take a look at the eight other midsize luxury SUVs that get better headlight ratings and, as a result, earn Top Safety Pick+. IIHS also rates vehicles on how easy it is to install child restraints. The QX60 only gets a marginal rating in this category. The Acura MDX is currently our top-rated midsize luxury SUV meeting the Top Safety Pick+ requirements without extra equipment. For crash avoidance, an automatic braking system and acceptable-rated headlights are standard on the MDX.” – Russ Rader, senior vice president of communications at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety