KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 7/16/2013
There are certainly lots of crossover sport-utility vehicles but not so many in the luxury end of the market. With the 2014 QX60, Infiniti enters a segment where the competitors are relatively few but admittedly strong, with some of the main players being the Acura MDX and Audi Q7. It's a place where buyers need room for people and cargo, with a healthy dose of luxury in both appointments and image, but absolutely don't want the stigma of "minivan." The QX60 offers generous levels of safety, technology, convenience, innovation and luxury, presented in a sleek and eye-grabbing style.
You'll Like This Car If...
In the market for a roomy and convenient 3-row, 7-seat crossover SUV with great looks, lots of safety features and other amenities, up-to-the-minute technology, impressive luxury and high style? Your shopping list should include the QX60.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Maybe you'd really rather have a more conventional SUV, something that's been around for a while. Maybe you need to tow a large trailer. You probably need something else.
What's New for 2014
There are two major changes for 2014. First, the name QX60 is new. In Infiniti's re-aligning of the product line's alpha-numeric designations, this is last year's JX35. More important, the QX60 line adds a hybrid, which promises impressive fuel efficiency to go with its already-exceptional capabilities.
Drivers will like the way the QX60 accelerates up to speed sprightly, steers around corners responsively and generally deals with the world's driving situations much better than would be expected. Not overly strong, the 3.5-liter, 265-horsepower V6 engine, matched with a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT), is both willing and smooth. If not tire-smoking fast, the QX60 delivers commendable fuel economy. EPA ratings for the front-wheel-drive version are 20 mpg city, 26 highway, while the all-wheel-drive model, with its all-weather capabilities, is rated at 19 city, 25 highway. If even more fuel economy is your goal, the QX60 Hybrid, with its supercharged 4-cylinder engine and 15kW electric motor deliver 250 net horsepower and 26 mpg combined with a total driving range of well over 500 miles, and it's also available with either front-drive or all-wheel drive. And, since the Hybrid's combined power output closely matches that of the gasoline V6, the performance differences between the two versions should be negligible.
The QX60 Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine in combination with a 15kW electric motor connected to a CVT for a net system output of 250 horsepower, and without any reduction in passenger or cargo space. Its combined fuel economy is projected at 26 mpg.
INTELLIGENT CRUISE CONTROL/DISTANCE CONTROL ASSIST
While some form of intelligent cruise control isn't all that rare on today's luxury vehicles, the Distance Control Assist function is. In the Infiniti JX, it prompts the driver to release the throttle and applies the brakes in slowing traffic even if the driver is not paying as much attention as he or she should be.
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