After a couple years out in the wild, the QX60 still impresses with plenty of clever touches and remains a slimmer, trimmer, more efficient wagon for luxury hauling; Hybrid variant shares its gasoline-electric system with Pathfinder platform-mate.
A 3.5-liter V6 with a continuously variable transmission; Hybrid gets a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor combo with nearly as much power and torque.
While confusion still exists about Infiniti’s choice to rename everything in its lineup, here’s the easy math on the QX60: the QX prefix is the designation for a wagon body and “60” denotes its ranking within the Infiniti lineup. The 2015 QX60 can carry up to seven passengers across three rows of seats, but due to its passenger-car construction and two fewer engine cylinders it weighs about 800 pounds less than the flagship QX80 (the old QX56). Its base price is also close to $20,000 less. In the flesh, the QX60 is an attractive piece that shuns the boxy look of the QX80, but is decidedly more wagon-like than Infiniti’s five-passenger QX70 (the old FX) and QX50 (the old EX) models. The QX60 is supported by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The continuously variable transmission has a “Sport” mode that simulates the gear-changing characteristics of a conventional automatic, and for 2015 has better response in regular driving, too. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, the latter being an on-demand unit that directs 100 percent of the engine’s torque under normal driving conditions to the front, but can deploy up to 50 percent of the available thrust to the rear wheels to maximize grip. Front-drive fuel economy is pegged at 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. The Hybrid combines a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor to deliver 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Fuel efficiency improves to 25-mpg city and 27-highway (slightly less for all-wheel-drive). A compact lithium-ion battery is stowed under the third-row seat and doesn’t affect cabin or cargo space at all. Infiniti has made available most of its advanced electronic safety and crash-avoiding accessories, including Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) that can automatically prevent reversing into or over something or someone. BCI is part of a Driver Assistance Package that also adds distance-maintaining cruise control, blind-spot warning and Active Trace Control that modulates the torque and braking at each wheel for optimum cornering stability.