2017 Infinity QX60

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The 2017 INFINITI QX60, a core model in the company's lineup, continues to blend luxury and function with an uncanny grace. This 7-passenger INFINITI continues to be offered with front-wheel drive or with INFINITI's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

If there is something familiar with the 2017 Infiniti QX60
premium family utility vehicle it could be that you remember its
cousin we reviewed not too long ago in the form of the Nissan
Pathfinder. And like the Pathfinder, the QX60 receives some nice
upgrades for this year model as well.
Kicking things off in the enhancement department would be the
new direct-injected 295hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This is an increase in
power of 30 ponies and 22 lb. ft. of torque (now 270). As will nearly
all Nissan/Infiniti models, the new QX60’s engine is mated to a
continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT is sport tuned and
electronically controlled so when placed into sport mode it mimics
that of a traditional gearbox in providing shift points. Drivers can
use the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector to choose from Standard, Sport,
Eco, and Snow settings to optimize time behind the wheel depending on
driving conditions.
The 2017 QX60 is still offered in both front- and all-wheel
drive formats with our tester arriving in the former, which is how
most consumers will have theirs outfitted. Should one opt for AWD,
Infiniti delivers its Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology where
power can be sent to any one wheel that is providing the most traction
depending on slippage that is sensed.

The 2017 INFINITI QX60, a core model in the company's lineup, continues to blend luxury and function with an uncanny grace. This 7-passenger INFINITI continues to be offered with front-wheel drive or with INFINITI's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

The premium midsize SUV also received styling and chassis
improvements last year that not only freshen its looks but bring a
slightly more dynamic driving experience. Infiniti engineers added new
shock absorbers and spring units, slipped on new tires, and gave the
speed sensitive electric power steering quicker response and tighter
ratios. The improvements are subtle but they are there and they are
noticeable.
As with the new Pathfinder, the Infiniti gets new design
appointments front and rear that bring it in line with the latest
family styling as well as the newest technology. There are
flush-mounted sonar sensors in the new front and rear bumpers for
stylish functionality and at the rear the new QX60 gets a
motion-activated power liftgate for added convenience.
The Infiniti arrives with seating for up to seven over three
rows, just as the Nissan does. And as with the Pathfinder, that third
row – while convenient – is a bit of a tight fit for adults but
perfect for the rambunctious kids in your life.
Inside we find the new Infiniti InTouch infotainment technology
that integrates navigation, convenience, security, and entertainment
into one instrument panel-mounted system. Drivers see a new 8-inch
color vehicle information display and our tester arrived with the
optional dual 8-inch color second-row monitors that are mounted into
the rear of the front seat headrests.
As always, there is an abundance of fine leather and wood
craftsmanship inside the QX60 along with all of the creature comforts
one would come to expect.
In addition to the Theater package on our tester, Infiniti also
added the Premium and Premium Plus packages as well as Deluxe
Technology to give us a QX60 that was loaded to the teeth. This meant
Bose Cabin Surround premium 15-speaker audio system, additional power
features to front seating and controls, heated steering wheel, roof
rails, remote engine start, illuminated kick plates, wireless
headphones, DVD player, HDMI port, additional power ports including
120V outlet, second- and third-row moonroof, advanced climate control
system, ventilated front seating, intelligent cruise control, lane
departure warning, Around View monitor with Moving Object Detection
and stylish 20-inch/15-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. This is all in
addition to predictive forward collision warning, backup collision
intervention, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, and
hill start assist.
Infiniti uses the motto of “Empower the Drive” and with all of
these amenities added to the lengthy list of standard features, one
certainly feels empowered when behind the wheel. That empowerment does
come with a small price as the 2017 QX60 starts at $43,100 with this
tester arriving with a final window sticker of $58,245.
Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.
All-wheel drive will add about $1,800 to your QX60 should you go
that route.
For those shopping for a premium three-row midsize SUV the 2017
Infiniti QX60 should be on your list. Thanks to the upgrades over the
past two years the model is as competitive as ever and offers a very
good ride and drive experience while also being one of the safest on
the road. The creature comforts are over the top and the materials
wrap you in luxury whether you are going across town or across
country.
Think of the QX60 as the on-road equivalent to “glamping.”

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