Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The 2023 Infiniti QX60 is a sleek three-row premium crossover utility vehicle that offers a good combination of luxury and versatility. It’s been one of the highest-selling models for Infiniti since its 2012 debut and now undergoes a redesign for the new model year.
The new 2023 redesign takes it to a new level of luxury with a stellar good look, improved fuel economy and new tech features. Externally, the revised QX60 carries a smart contemporary look with a new grille, bi-xenon headlamps., All trims come with a 3.5L V6 engine providing 295 horses. There’s an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, and All-Wheel-Drive is standard on all models. There is 12 percent less cabin noise than in the previous
The interior is also revamped with a theatre-styled layout for better occupant visibility. The dash also has a new 10.8-inch head-up display, along with a new 12.3-inch interactive display. Also fresh: is wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto, second- and third-row roof-mounted vents, and the premium Bose audio system that comes standard in the Sensory and Autograph trims. Also new is updated and expanded functionality to ProPILOT Assist with Navi-Link compatibility.
The QX60 comes in four trims — Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and the top trim, Autograph. The Pure starts at $54,995, while the high-tech equipped Autograph as tested starts at $67,995. We tested the Sensory AWD Model which arrives lavishly equipped and priced at $72,490. All in.
The 2023 Infiniti QX60 comes well-equipped. Standard equipment is luxurious and generous with: Intelligent all-wheel drive, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with heated power-adjustable front seats and intelligent key with push-button start. There is also: heated leather wrapped steering wheel, seven-inch colour display with rear-view monitor, automatic HID headlights, cruise control, high spec audio system, power tailgate and rear privacy glass.
Inside, the QX60 looks suitably luxurious and well designed with sharp leather seats and nice textures, materials, and a high standard of fit and finish. Soft-touch materials abound for driver and passengers, and the overall ambience is very good. The sumptuous, quilted seats are to die for and offer superb comfort. The dash and console feature plenty of technology accessed by a host of buttons and switches. The interior is extremely versatile with full sliding second-row seats that allow easy access to the third row. The second-row splits 60/40, slides, reclines, and can be tilted forward for third-row access even with a child seat in place. The third-row seat is surprisingly roomy, but still only for kids. With the Second and third row seats folded there’s up to 2,166 L of available cargo space compared to 447 L of cargo space when all seats are up. Meanwhile, the 50/50 split folding third row can be quickly and easily folded flat to expand the cargo area. The second row’s captain chairs are only available in the Autograph trim as tested, which also includes a removable centre console.
The third row is typical of a three-row SUV: the QX60 holds 411 litres behind the third row, but it also has an extra 54 litres of underfloor storage. The third row’s seats easily fold down and are power operated on the two top trim levels.
On the road, the QX60s V6 engine offers a robust 295 horsepower, while torque is a healthy 270 lb-ft. The new nine-speed auto transmission offers sublime smooth up and down shifts while a dial on the center-console tunnel offers four driving modes: Standard, Sport, Snow, and Eco. Sport offers more throttle response, while Standard is a good all round driving mode. Suspension tweaks have improved the crossover’s handling somewhat. Body roll is less evident, and the QX60 takes corners better. Still with its light steering and rather soft ride, the QX60 is also much quieter than the previous generation and is still more of a comfortable cruiser, than a sporty handling SUV. If you plan to tow a trailer or boat, the lower two trims have a 3,500-pound capacity, while the top two versions can handle a 6,000-pound towing load.
Nothing much to gripe about, note the improved fuel economy in this all-new QX60 — it now has a combined rating of 10.7 L/100 km, 11.9 city, and 9.3 highway. In closing there is much to like about the QX60. It is luxurious, comfortable, and roomy, and is an excellent safety orientated family hauler. Downsides are few; buyers need to weigh up the premium models and the numerous options are worth the high cost when optioned out. The QX60 is very impressive and nice to drive all day long. A wonderfully executed luxury Crossover. Highly recommended.
2023 Infiniti QX60 AWD Autograph priced from $69,0955 plus options, freight and PDE. Price as tested- $72,490.
More info at www.infiniti.ca