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Video + Review: 2022 Infiniti QX60

By Zac Estrada | April 29, 2022

Vehicle Type: A four-door, six- or seven-seat, midsize luxury SUV.

Price Range: From $47,875 to $61,375, including the $1,025 destination charge.

Powertrain: A 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel-drive.

All-wheel-drive is available.


What’s New for 2022?

The QX60 is heavily redesigned and reengineered for 2022. It still shares many mechanicals with the Nissan Pathfinder and receives many of the mechanical changes from that model, also redesigned this year.

While the engine is essentially the same V6 as before, the transmission is new and helps boost towing capacity as well as performance.

Exterior styling is evolutionary, while the interior is vastly different and uses a new infotainment system not shared with the Pathfinder. Finally, a new Autograph trim level is the top dog this year.


What’s Good?

  • High-quality interior design and materials.
  • Generous maximum towing capacity for the class.
  • Many driver assistance systems are standard.

What’s Bad?

  • V6 isn’t as refined or energetic as newer six-cylinders or turbo fours.
  • No hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain options aren't as agile as some rivals.
  • Desirable features are only available on expensive versions.

Would we buy one? Possibly. The 2022 QX60 is a significant step up from its predecessor and ticks most of the boxes required by the class. But the price has jumped and others do what Infiniti does for less money.


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Overview:

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Three-row SUVs can make or break an upscale automotive brand these days, which is why so many of them have been putting their own spin on the concept for years. The Infiniti QX60 and its relatives were launched nearly a decade ago to follow the successful template of a car-based crossover with three rows of seats and premium accommodations.

The QX60 has been redesigned for 2022 (there was no 2021 model), adopting an updated exterior appearance and gaining new technology features and a completely redone interior. All but the most expensive model seat up to seven people, too. And as Infiniti’s best-seller, the new QX60 has the task of making inroads into some extremely refined and practical vehicles that dominate this class.

Rivals for the 2022 QX60 are the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Cadillac XT6, Genesis GV80, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus RX, Lincoln Aviator, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Volvo XC90.


Overall Score: 3.6/5 stars

Value: 3/5 stars

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The QX60’s roughly $48,000 starting price looks competitive at first. It may be on small-looking 18-inch wheels, but there are numerous popular features included in the price -- features that are what make the QX60 great so there's little need to choose higher trims.

The base model includes a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic moonroof all come standard. All-wheel-drive, however, will push the base price nearly to $50,000.

And it requires a step to at least the $54,000 QX60 Luxe to get larger, 20-inch wheels, advanced driver assistance tech, and two screens for vehicle information and infotainment.

Top Autograph models, while equipped with many features optional on lower trims, can hit $65,000. This is what we tested and while we liked all the goodies, they're not worth the price. That’s what moderately-optioned versions of the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 cost, both of which are more powerful and generally classier vehicles.


Tech Features: 4/5 stars

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The QX60 is the first Infiniti with the brand’s new infotainment system, finally ditching the confusing two-screen setup from other vehicles in the lineup. Every trim level gets a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system that also has a secondary wheel and shortcut buttons on the center console. A separate 12.3-inch TFT display replaces physical instrument gauges on Luxe and higher trims. While it’s all an upgrade over the last model, it doesn’t break any new ground for this price of the vehicle.

Wireless Apple CarPlay comes standard, and although Android Auto isn’t wireless. However, there are a variety of USB-A and USB-C data and charging ports throughout all three rows, up to seven in certain models. A WiFi hotspot is also included.

Available on Luxe and standard on Sensory and Autograph models is a smart rearview mirror that can switch between being a physical mirror or another camera to see behind the vehicle. It’s joined by a surround-view monitor that comes on all but the base model.


Practicality: 4/5 stars

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Credit the QX60 for having one of the more usable third-row seats in this class. There’s more space for larger teens or smaller adults than in the back of a Q7, RX, or XC90, and much more than the X5 and GLE with their optional third rows that are cramped even for kids. The Buick and Land Rover have the most adult-friendly third rows, with the former able to seat up to eight with even a generous amount of cargo behind the seat.

A trick seat sliding and folding mechanism on the second row allows the cushion to fold up for more room to get in and out of the third-row seat, even with a child seat in place.

Autograph models are limited to six passengers, however, as they come standard with second-row captain’s chairs. Some rivals allow for a choice between captain’s chairs or a split-bench seat, or even 40/20/40 folding seats as on the Audi and Volvo.

Towing capacity is a maximum of 6,000 pounds when properly equipped, and with the optional towing package — up 1,000 pounds from last year and about average for the class. Most SUVs in this class are in the 4,500 to the 6,000-pound capacity range, but for those who need regularly tow boats or trailers on the high end of that range, consider a full-size SUV such as a GMC Yukon or an Infiniti QX80.


Styling & Design: 4/5 stars

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You’ll have to appreciate the sweeping lines and sort-of-soft approach of Infiniti design to warm up to the QX60, but the exterior is more defined than before and a welcome update to an all-too-familiar design.

While the interior is made from high-quality materials, it lacks the luxurious panache of the Genesis GV80, and it’s not that the QX60’s controls are significantly easier to use — although far less complex than the Mercedes and Lexus interiors. There are 10 cupholders, too, and along with the relatively easy way of getting to the third-row seat, the QX60’s interior design reflects more pragmatism than style for style’s sake.

Standard blind-spot monitoring is welcome because Infiniti’s styling causes some significant over-the-shoulder blind spots. A surround-view camera system is also welcome because of the small rear window. There’s a limited view out when the third-row seat is in use, but the QX60 isn’t really worse than most vehicles of this type in that regard.


Driving Experience: 3/5 stars

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Every QX60 uses a 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, and a nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is an option. While the transmission is a marked improvement over the old continuously variable transmission (CVT) that felt very downmarket for this class of vehicle, the V6 isn’t as refined-sounding or as powerful as newer engines. It also lacks the

No three-row luxury SUV in this class can completely replicate the handling of a sports sedan, but the QX60 doesn’t even pretend. It generally feels its size and, while secure, it’s not exactly agile. An MDX, X5, or Mercedes GLE are better in this regard.

However, Infiniti’s ride is praiseworthy. The compliant suspension soaks up bumps better than rivals, even with the available 20-inch wheels. And the interior is exceptionally quiet, muffling road imperfections and wind noise as well as the Buick Enclave.


Safety Features: 4/5 stars

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Every new QX60 includes driver assistance technology such as automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning, automatic high beam assist, active blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning. All but the base Pure model includes Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane centering for highway driving, and a predictive system using the built-in navigation system to slow for curves or intersections.

A rear door alert is also included on all models, which prompts the driver to check the rear seat if it detects it’s been opened or closed in a given amount of time. This technology is intended to make sure drivers notice small children or pets that could be accidentally left in the vehicle. Sensory and Autograph models include pre-crash front seatbelts that can hold the occupant in the seat tighter in case of an impending crash.

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has tested the 2022 QX60 yet.


Fuel Efficiency: 3/5 stars

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The 2022 QX60 is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined. Adding all-wheel-drive knocks each of those figures down by 1 mpg. Those figures are slightly better than the previous-generation QX60.

While the QX60 is among the more efficient vehicles in its class — better than the Acura MDX, Jeep Grand Cherokee L, and Land Rover Discovery — the more powerful XC90 and BMW X5 are more efficient with their four-cylinder engines.

Worse, Infiniti doesn’t offer any electrified options for the QX60. The gas-electric hybrid Lexus RX 450hL is rated at a sedan-like 29 mpg combined, and there are plug-in options for the X5, XC90, and Lincoln Aviator.


What’s it Going to Cost Me?

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 starts from $47,875 MSRP and rises to $61,375, including the $1,025 destination charge. All-wheel-drive adds between $2,000 and $2,900, depending on the trim level. The QX60 is available in four models: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 Pure starts from $47,875. Standard equipment includes the 295-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, front-wheel-drive, a nine-speed automatic, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, a power liftgate, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, three-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable lumbar support, a 9-speaker audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay support, Android Auto connectivity, power front seats with two-position memory for the driver’s seat, and rear parking sensors. Standard driver assistance features include automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam assist, active blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, as well as the rear door alert system.

The Luxe starts from $53,995. In addition to the Pure’s standard equipment, the Luxe comes with 20-inch wheels, silver roof rails, auto-dimming exterior side mirrors, memory settings for the audio presets, climate control, and navigation, two additional USB-A charge ports, cooled front seats, a 12.3-inch TFT display for instrument gauges, a built-in navigation system, ProPilot Assist lane-centering system with adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, a power-adjustable steering column, SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic, lane-keep assist, and remote engine start.

A 17-speaker Bose audio system is optional, as is the Vision Package, which includes a head-up display, adaptive front headlights with an active leveling system, and the smart rearview mirror. All-wheel-drive is available, which is required to get the towing package to boost maximum capacity to 6,000 pounds.

The Sensory starts from $57,445 and adds different 20-inch wheels, a motion-activated power liftgate, more chrome exterior trim, automatic recirculation and an air purifier for the climate control, upgraded leather for the heated steering wheel, five USB charging ports, wireless smartphone charging, massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, power-raising third-row seats, wood interior trim, a 17-speaker Bose audio system, memory settings for the front passenger seat, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, and a pre-crash system for the front seatbelts.

All-wheel-drive, the towing package, and the Vision Package are options.

Finally, the QX60 Autograph starts from $61,445 MSRP. This is the version that we tested and it comes with adaptive front lights with automatic leveling, a black contrasting roof with black roof rails, semi-aniline leather upholstery, the head-up display, and the smart rearview mirror.

All-wheel-drive and the towing package are options.

If it were us, we’d stick with the base QX60 Pure -- with AWD if you need it -- which adds useful features and opens the door to more useful technology features without venturing too deep into the price territory occupied by very accomplished rivals.


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