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2018 Infiniti QX60: What You Need to Know

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The 2018 Infiniti QX60 is a 3-row luxury crossover with a comfortable interior and a smooth ride. It finishes in the lower half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings, but that's merely a result of it being in such a competitive class.

Is the Infiniti QX60 a Good SUV?

Yes, the Infiniti QX60 is a good SUV. It comes with plenty of standard features and spacious seating for the entire family. It also gets great gas mileage, earns excellent crash test ratings, and provides more cargo space than some competitors. However, many rivals provide more connectivity technology than this Infiniti.

Should I Buy the Infiniti QX60?

The QX60's price is perhaps the most compelling argument for buying it, as it costs much less than many class rivals. This makes it a solid value, but you still may want to consider other options in such a competitive class. When shopping around, be sure to check out the Acura MDX and the Audi Q7.

Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti QX60?

Infiniti launched the QX60 for the 2013 model year and has made only minor changes since. The 2016 model received minor styling changes. The 2017 model got a new V6 engine with 295 horsepower (the previous V6 had 265 horsepower). It feels noticeably faster. This model also offered automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The QX60 Hybrid is discontinued for the 2018 model year.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by buying a used vehicle, but be aware that you may miss out on some features by getting an older model. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2016 Infiniti QX60 and 2017 Infiniti QX60. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Infiniti QX60 Cost?

For 2018, a new Infiniti QX60 costs $43,300 with front-wheel drive and $45,100 with all-wheel drive. That's one of the lowest starting prices in our luxury midsize SUV rankings. For great savings at your local Infiniti dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program.

Infiniti QX60 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX60 or Acura MDX?

The Acura MDX is a better value than its Infiniti rival. These two SUVs have similar price tags, but the MDX comes standard with active safety features that cost much more in the QX60, like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. On top of that, the MDX is more engaging to drive than the QX60.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX60 or Nissan Pathfinder?

The Nissan Pathfinder has a lot in common with the QX60. That makes sense because Infiniti is Nissan's luxury brand, and the QX60 is essentially a luxury version of the Pathfinder. The QX60 looks and feels more posh inside, but the Pathfinder's interior is still quite nice. You can also save a good amount of money buying the Pathfinder. Even the Nissan's top trim – which comes with features like a hands-free liftgate, heated seats, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof – costs less than the base QX60.

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QX60 Interior

How Many People Does the QX60 Seat?

The QX60 is a seven-passenger SUV with three rows of seats. Leather upholstery is standard, and the cushions are accommodating though not overly plush. Unlike many 3-row SUVs, the QX60's second and third rows are roomy enough for adults.

QX60 and Car Seats

The QX60 has three clearly marked tether anchors in the second row. A fourth tether anchor, mounted in the rearmost row, can be confused for other hardware. The two sets of second-row lower anchors are attached deep in the seat cushions but are otherwise easy to use. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this LATCH system an Acceptable rating – the second highest score – for ease of use.

QX60 Interior Quality

The QX60 features a well-crafted interior. Materials include both premium selections (such as standard leather seats and maple inlays) along with some unappealing hard plastics.

QX60 Cargo Space

Cargo space is tight behind the rearmost seat – measuring only 15.9 cubic feet – but that's typical for a 3-row SUV. Folding down the third row nets you 40.2 cubic feet, and there's 75.8 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. That's more space than the Acura MDX or Audi Q7 provide.

QX60 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The easy-to-use infotainment system includes an 8-inch display screen, USB ports for every row, and Bluetooth connectivity. A touch screen and a Bose surround-sound system are available, but Infiniti has yet to offer enhanced smartphone integration for this SUV. Some of the physical controls are haphazardly located; some critics find their locations confusing.

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QX60 Performance

QX60 Engine: Refined V6 Engine

The QX60's V6 engine is polished, with enough gusto to move this sizable SUV with ease. It's paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While driving enthusiasts often lament the vague feel of CVTs, the QX60's feels more like a traditional automatic transmission.

QX60 Gas Mileage: More Efficient Than Most

The QX60 gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That's better than most 3-row SUVs. The Buick Enclave, for example, has a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

QX60 Ride and Handling: Cushy

The QX60 emphasizes comfort over sportiness, which means you'll enjoy smooth sailing over mildly rough roads. Some reviewers think this vehicle has fairly controlled handling, but others say it lacks the responsiveness of rivals and that the ride can feel too firm at times.

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QX60 Reliability

Is the Infiniti QX60 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 QX60 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is average.

Infiniti QX60 Warranty

The 2018 QX60 comes with a four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. 

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QX60 Safety

QX60 Crash Test Results

The 2018 QX60 earns a top score in every crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, when equipped with the available forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection feature, it offers a superior level of front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2018 QX60 a perfect five-star rating for overall safety. The SUV receives four stars in its frontal and rollover crash evaluations and five stars in the side test.

QX60 Safety Features

A rearview camera is standard in the QX60. Available safety features include forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, an Around View monitor (a 360-degree camera system), front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, blind spot intervention, and backup collision intervention.

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Which Infiniti QX60 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 QX60 comes in one main trim: the QX60 3.5. Front-wheel drive comes standard in this $43,300 model. For an extra $1,800, you can add all-wheel drive to create the QX60 3.5 AWD.

Lots of standard features are included in the QX60, including leather upholstery, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. Additional amenities are available through option packages, including the $1,800 Premium package, which is one of the least expensive. It bundles a 13-speaker Bose audio system with conveniences like a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, and memory settings linked with the proximity key.

The $2,900 Premium Plus package includes navigation, real-time traffic info, voice recognition, an Around View monitor, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A rear-seat entertainment system comes with the Theater package ($2,150). The ultimate bundle is the Deluxe Technology package. This $7,300 option includes niceties like a suite of advanced driver assistance features, a 15-speaker Bose surround-sound system, and a moonroof and heated seats for the second row.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Infiniti dealer.

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The Final Call

The Infiniti QX60 is one of the best values in the luxury midsize SUV class. For thousands less than the starting price of the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Land Rover Discovery, the QX60 delivers a serene, smooth ride. The savings continue with its above-average fuel economy rating. The QX60 keeps everyone happy with plenty of space in all three rows and extra USB ports for back-seat travelers. On the downside, its interior is less opulent than most in the class, and its driving dynamics can feel bland to some. These shortcomings push the QX60 toward the back of this highly competitive class, but that shouldn't rule it out for every buyer.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2018 Infiniti QX60 review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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