- Seven-seat crossover with front- or all-wheel drive
- Previously named JX35, which debuted in 2013
- Lots of available technology, including an Around View Monitor
Offering a formidable mix of utility, comfort, and the latest in car and safety technology, the 2014 Infiniti QX60 is a stylish way to carry extra people or cargo.
The QX60 might look very familiar at first glance and you’d be right – last year it was known as the JX35, but for 2014, Infiniti is changing up the names of most of its models. Now, all the SUVs/crossovers will be named “QX” and be distinguished by their numerical designations. For 2014, the QX60 adds a power-folding third row to the Deluxe Touring Package and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink service becomes standard.
From the outside, the 2014 QX60’s most distinguishing feature is its kinked rear window, where the D-pillar juts sharply into the glass in parallel to the curve of the rear. This unique look gives the QX60 some needed visual flair, to combat what had the potential of being a rather staid package. It also helps a crossover that is on the larger size of midsize seem slightly smaller and more accessible. Automatic bi-xenon HID headlights are standard, as are a power moonroof and a convenient power rear liftgate for easier loading of groceries and other packages.
Under the hood, there is one engine/transmission combination: a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 248 pounds feet of torque and is mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission). Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive for greater traction is optional. Fuel economy checks in at 20/26 mpg city/highway for FWD models, while AWD models lose one mpg on both figures.
Inside, there’s seating for up to seven passengers across three rows of seats. Behind the third row is 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly more than you’d get in a midsize car. Leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and powered/heated front seats are standard for enhanced comfort. Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, push button start, and satellite radio are also standard. A dual-screen rear entertainment system, perfect for keeping kids occupied on long trips, is optional, as are cooled front seats, heated second row seats and steering wheel, remote start, and a navigation system.
The QX60’s focus on technology extends to its safety features, where a long list of the latest advanced options are available such as lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and adaptive cruise control. There are two options in particular though that have us excited, the first being a Backup Collision Intervention system, which can detect crossing vehicles and low objects behind the vehicle and alerts the driver or applies the brakes if necessary to avoid a collision. Second is an Around View Monitor system which displays a top down view of the vehicle and helps to detect moving objects in its vicinity. The 2014 QX60 has not been crash tested yet, but the JX35 performed well on its tests, getting four overall stars from the NHTSA.