What is it: The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is closely related to the Nissan Pathfinder and was formerly called the JX before the company switched its naming convention to be all Qs and Xs. It’s not the huge one (the old QX) and it’s not the fast one (the old FX). It’s a tweener, neither huge nor fast. It comes in two flavors, standard and all-wheel drive. Our tester is an all-wheel-drive model with about $14,000 in options.
Key Competitors: Acura MDX, Lexus GX, Audi Q7
Base Price: $$46,095 As-Tested Price: $60,670
Highlights: For 2018, the seven-passenger Infiniti QX60 gets a new rear-door alert that lets drivers know when something was left in the back seat. It can be turned off if you’re kid- and petless. All QX60s come with a 3.5-liter V6 making 295 hp and a sad, sad continuously variable automatic transmission.
Our Opinion: I understand the purported advantages of continuously variable transmissions. They’re better on gas and in theory they’ll be at the correct ratio when you need it. The problem is that they just don't feel right. Sometimes when you floor the QX60, it jumps to the right ratio, and then does its fake shifting thing and it feels alright. Other times you’re looking for just a little more grunt and it drops the revs to nothing. For an enthusiast, a CVT really has to be tuned to sport instead of eco. I’ve said it before, but Subaru seems to do a good job of this.
The interior is fine, sort of old-person, beige-on-beige Camry feel; the infotainment works well; and there are real buttons for the main functions. The seats are closer to Lexus comfy than VW hard. The QX60 has more second row legroom, which translates into more child seat room, than the current Land Rover Discovery.
The steering weight is heavier in this car than in the Q60 coupe and has a little more feel, too. Not a ton of feel, mind you. If the Q60 is a 2, then this is a 3. Still a lot to be desired.
It also doesn’t feel as solid over bumps as I would like. It’s not loud inside — it's relatively quiet, in fact — but the sound of the wheels hitting bumps is weird. It resonates, like when you flick one of those springy door stoppers.
The front end is handsome to me, as is the rear end. I do hate that little reverse C-pillar design that started on the JX and continues here. It only looks bad from the profile view, though.
—Jake Lingeman, road test editor
Options: Deluxe technology package, including premium audio, 20-inch wheels, unique seat quilting, climate-controlled front seats, heated second-row seats, third-row seatback power return, front pre-crash seatbelts, maple interior accents, intelligent cruise control, blind-spot warning, backup collision intervention, distance control assist, lane departure warning/prevention, blind spot intervention, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning, front and rear sonar, advanced climate-control system, high-beam assist, motion-activated liftgate, moonroof, cross bars ($7,300); Premium plus package, including Intouch navigation, satellite traffic, around-view monitor, moving-object detection, front and rear sonar, rain-sensing windshield wipers, illuminated kick plates ($2,900); theater package, including dual 8-inch monitors, single in-dash CD/DVD player, two wireless headphones, wireless remote control, single USB port, HDMI port, 12V power point, 120V power outlet ($2,150); premium package with Bose audio ($1,800)
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $46,095
As Tested Price: $60,670
Powertrain: 3.5-liter V6; AWD, continuously variable transmission
Output: 295 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 270 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,526 lb
Fuel Economy: 19/26/22 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: More interior space than expected
Cons: Suspension noise sounds less than luxurious