The 2018 Infiniti QX60 crossover SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. That is mated with a continuous variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive can be specified. The six-cylinder powerplant provided sufficient acceleration and it wasn’t sluggish even when loaded inside. Its 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds was respectably quick among its competition. The CVT replicated the sensation of shifting between gears and it didn’t exhibit a droning sound during acceleration. Going through corners in a speedy manner only yielded significant body roll. It maintained grip better when the traction control was engaged, but sporty handling was ultimately beyond its capabilities. The steering was responsive and navigating parking lots was quite easy. The effort required to steer was light, which only felt appropriate for its size and hauling capacity. The brakes delivered a linear stopping force that was never oversensitive. However, there was a noticeable lurch forward when suddenly braking. Braking from 60 mph only took 122 feet, which was above average among its competition. The pedal felt slightly soft but controlling the bite was still manageable.
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The base trim comes standard with automatic xenon headlights, LED foglights, heated side mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, automatic climate control, power-adjustable heated front seats, Bluetooth, satellite radio, four USB ports, and an infotainment system with a CD player, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system. The Premium package includes remote ignition, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, and an upgraded keyless entry and ignition with preference settings for audio, climate, and navigation. The Premium Plus includes automatic wipers, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, voice controls, Infiniti’s InTouch electronics interface, and several advanced safety and driver aids. The Driver Assistance package includes additional advanced safety and driver aids, Active Trace Control (on-the-fly engine and brake calibration for improved cornering), and Eco Pedal (the gas pedal retracts automatically during inefficient driving to save fuel) The Theater package includes a rear-seat entertainment system and a 120V power outlet. The Deluxe Technology package includes the Driver Assistance package, additional advanced safety, and driver aids, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a power-reclining third-row seat, air filtration for climate control, and a 15-speaker Bose sound system. A Wi-Fi hotspot is available as a standalone option.
The 2018 QX60 was tested by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it earned four stars in the frontal crash test, five stars in the side crash test, and four stars in the rollover test. Overall, it earned a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. It was also tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and it scored mostly “Good” in the crashworthiness tests and “Superior” in the front crash prevention test. However, its headlights scored “Poor” for crash avoidance and mitigation. Advanced safety and driver aids that come standard only include a rearview camera. Additional features come through packages and they include front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert with backup collision intervention, and blind-spot monitoring.
The 2018 QX60 has a length of 200.1 inches, a width of 77.2 inches, a height of 68.6 inches, and a wheelbase of 114.2 inches. The QX60 is a large vehicle but its aerodynamic aesthetic doesn’t make it look stocky. The front fascia has an aggressive design and from the front to the back, it slightly tapers. The side panels aren’t exaggerated and the sparing amount of chrome give it a more upscale look. The wheel size starts with 18 inches and can be upgraded to 20-inch wheels depending on the package option. The sunroof comes standard but roof rails are added through the Premium Plus package.
Stepping inside wasn’t difficult but it could be a stretch for the shorter passenger. Given its tapered roofline, ducking the head was needed upon entering the second row. The way the second-row seats folded and slid down made it easy to enter the third row. There are three rows of seats that can fit up to seven people inside. The first row was the most spacious but the second and third rows were also decent. The tapered roofline, however, meant that headroom in the second and third row was less. The seats were on the firmer side but they didn’t induce fatigue during long drives. The third row had a raised seating position where the knees could be possibly against the seat in front. Leather upholstery comes standard and it was of good quality with a tight application. The dashboard’s layout wasn’t confusing and the interior trim was handsomely finished. Despite its lackluster handling, the ride quality was comfortable and impacts were dampened well. Driving over bumps and cracks felt stable and was met with a very minimal wobble. Road noise and wind noise were kept at bay and the overall atmosphere felt relaxing even at highway speeds.
There is 16 cu-ft of space behind the third row, 40.5 cu-ft behind the second row. Folding down the second and third rows opens up 76.2 cu-ft of space available for cargo.