The QX60 interior is a 3-row crossover SUV that actually welcomes all seven passengers. The second row adjusts fore and aft to allow the proper mix of legroom and cargo-carrying capacity, and makes it uncommonly easy to access the third row. You can even enter the rear-most row with a child safety seat already attached in the second row, which is nearly impossible in other luxury 3-row SUVs. There is no skimping on luxury electronics either. The 15-speaker Bose Cabin Surround Sound system is accompanied by the Infiniti Connection telematics system that syncs to the driver's schedule via Google Calendar. The QX60 Hybrid uses a compact Lithium-ion battery located under the 3rd-row seat, thus maintaining a flat floor for ease of passenger access and no loss of cargo space.
The 2014 QX60's sleek, distinctive exterior might very likely make the discovery of the large and comfortable interior a surprise – how did they fit so much space inside such an eye-catching shape? Still, there it is. It's appealing and modern without looking as if it will go out of style in the next five minutes, and that sleek outside also hides a flat floor that contributes to a lot of the roominess found in the second and third rows. The QX60 might not qualify as vehicular art, but it is a good-looking item, with well-tailored lines and crisp detailing that will set it apart from the more common SUV configurations.
Notable Standard Equipment
As an Infiniti, even a "base" QX60 is extremely well-equipped. Among the key standard mechanical items is the sport-tuned continuously-variable transmission with manual-shift mode and Sport mode, which mimics a step transmission, and the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector that offers standard, sport, snow and "eco" settings that alter throttle response and transmission mapping based on conditions.
Notable Optional Equipment
The 2014 QX60 is full of electronic driver aids. The Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention systems use a camera behind the windshield to detect lane markers, warning you if you are in danger of an unintended lane departure. If you don't heed the warnings, the system guides you back in your lane with a gentle application of the brakes on the opposite side of the drift. The QX60 also can be equipped with a Blind Spot Warning system, Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist. With all these systems, plus Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, you might get the impression that the 2014 Infiniti QX60 will essentially drive itself.
Under the Hood
The "base" 2014 QX60 is powered with a smooth, responsive and proven 3.5-liter V6 with the CVT automatic. This engine has more than enough power to accelerate with any reasonably normal traffic, on city streets or interstate highways and, for more enthusiastic driving, the CVT has a "gear-type" simulation mode. Alternately, there's the QX60 Hybrid, a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder that, in combination with a 15kW electric motor, has a net power system output of 250 horsepower. It, too, is fitted with a continuously-variable transmission. The Hybrid uses Infiniti's Direct Response Hybrid system with a compact Lithium-ion battery and an Intelligent Regenerative Braking system that partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking.
2014 Infiniti QX60
265 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (front-wheel drive), 18/23 mpg (AWD)
2.5-liter supercharged inline-4/15kW electric motor
250 net horsepower
243 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 25/28 mpg (all-wheel drive)
The 2014 Infiniti QX60 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) a little above $41,000 for the front-drive version, with the all-wheel drive adding about $1,400. The Hybrid will be about $3,000 above either version. The options will add measurably, however, with the Premium Equipment Package around $5,000, the Technology Package around $3,100 and the Theater Package around $1,700. A fully-loaded QX60 will cost well over $50,000. Be sure and check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are actually paying for the QX60. The good news is that the Infiniti QX60 is expected to deliver strong residual values, slightly better than the Acura MDX, but slightly below the Audi Q7.
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