The Infiniti QX60 is a three-row SUV that combines the luxury of the Infiniti brand with the practicality of a three-row SUV. It’s a little bit luxury ride and a little bit family hauler with styling that makes it stand out from the rest.
Big SUVs are tricky. They’re the domain of families who need that extra row for the kids and their friends as well as plenty of cargo space. They need to be practical vehicles, but just because you need a practical car doesn’t mean you want one that’s boring.
The Infiniti QX60 manages to provide all the three-row must-haves while still being stylish. It has an attractive exterior that keeps it from looking like another random box on wheels in the carpool line and enough power to make it an enjoyable car to drive.
Although this is a luxury crossover, it’s not over-the-top. With a starting price of $43,100, it doesn’t require a second mortgage to put one in your driveway. Yet, it still has an interior with plenty of leather and a luxury vibe.
The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. It’s not a monster, but it has good acceleration even though you feel the car’s bulk. Choose Sport mode and you’ll be rewarded with a more responsive ride, but this is still not a vehicle designed for driving enthusiasts. Luxury and utility are clearly the focus.
That engine is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. CVTs are often noisy, producing an unpleasant whine but this one has no such problems. It is quiet and smooth, never intruding into the cabin.
The cabin of the QX60 is its high point. Road and wind noise are muted, as they should be in a luxury car, and the ride is smooth, evening out the bumps.
Infiniti also designed all three rows with comfort in mind so third-row passengers aren’t getting the short straw. It’s easy to access and still comfortable. Yes, you can sit adults back there and they won’t need to be contortionists to manage the trick.
If it’s people not cargo, there’s plenty of easily accessible room. There’s 13.8 cubic feet behind the third row with a maximum of 76.5 cubic feet when you fold down both the second and third rows. If that’s not enough, the QX60 can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
The 2017 Infiniti QX60 offers a taste of luxury SUVs at a more manageable price. It has a comfortable, attractive interior with room for the family and then some along with the cargo room to carry all their stuff.