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2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/30/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

Three new exterior colors are now available in the 2015 Infiniti QX60: Hermosa Blue, Majestic White, and Graphite Shadow. The crossover's continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has been updated with simulated gear shifts. A new Wheat interior color is also new for the 2015 model year.


Vehicle Summary

Formerly called the JX35, the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter I-4 paired to a 15-kW electric motor with a lithium-ion battery for a total system output of 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. A CVT is the only gearbox available. Fuel economy is impressive for such a large crossover at 26/28 mpg city/highway in front-drive configuration and 25/28 mpg with all-wheel-drive.


While it has 15 fewer hp than the gas-powered model, the QX60 Hybrid accelerates decently even though it weighs close to two tons. Ride quality is good even with the crossover's optional 20-inch wheels and the vehicle has relatively stable handling despite its size. Interior space is slightly reduced due to the lithium-ion batteries positioned under the third row but it remains useful for cargo with up to 76 cubic feet of volume behind the front seats, which is around the same as that of the non-hybrid QX60. The third row seats are cramped and best suited for children rather than adults.

The available Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, distance control assist, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and front and rear automatic emergency braking. Opting for the Technology package adds lane departure warning, and blind spot intervention.The Deluxe Touring Package also contains the same features found in the Driver Assistance package and adds blind spot warning.The 2015 QX60 has a five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, earning a Good score in five categories (Good is the highest possible score) and offering Basic front crash prevention (front crash prevention designations include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).

What We Think

The 2015 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid is a good choice for those looking for a luxury seven-passenger crossover that's relatively fuel efficient. In a 2014 First Test review, we said the hybrid variant doesn't sacrifice straight-line acceleration in favor of fuel economy since it gets up to speed decently and "never feels like a slug." It also has identical interior space as the gas-powered QX60 although the under-floor storage has less room because of the lithium-ion batteries. However, the crossover's second row floor is unusually high and makes it feel like you're "sitting in a second-grade classroom" while the third row isn't very spacious for passengers. The mechanically similar Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid offers similar features and the same powertrain at a lower price without the luxury badge.

You'll Like

  • Accelerates as well as the gas-powered QX60
  • Good fuel economy for a large crossover

You Won't Like

  • The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is mechanically similar and costs less
  • Cramped third row
  • High second-row floor

Key Competitors

  • Audi Q7 TDI
  • Lexus RX 450h
  • BMW X5 xDrive35d
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid


2 star


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