- Mostly unchanged for 2015
- Three-row crossover with seating for seven
- Lots of available safety technology, including an Around View Monitor system
Now entering its third year, the 2015 Infiniti QX60 combines stylish packaging with a formidable mix of utility, comfort, and the latest safety technology.
The QX60 is one of the more stylish crossovers around, with lots of curves and sculpting stamped into the bodywork. Its most distinguishing feature is a kinked rear window, with the D-pillar jutting sharply into the rear glass. Automatic bi-xenon HID headlights are standard, as are a power moonroof, 18-inch wheels, and a convenient power rear liftgate for easier loading. 20-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic moonroof are optional.
Under the hood, there is only one engine/transmission combination available: a 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 248 pounds feet of torque is mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission). The CVT gets a programming update for 2015 that is supposed to make it feel more like a traditional automatic transmission which is more familiar to buyers. 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 for perspective is slightly more than is found in most midsize cars. Leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and powered/heated front seats are standard, along with Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, push button start, and satellite radio. A dual-screen rear entertainment system is optional, as are cooled front seats, heated second row seats, remote start, and a navigation system.
The 2015 QX60 got a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS for its performance in crash testing. Plenty of safety technology is available in the QX60, including lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, and 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. Rounding out the technology offerings is an Around View Monitor system with moving-object detection. This system displays a top down view of the vehicle and helps to detect moving objects in its vicinity. Standard safety features include side curtain airbags for all three rows, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control.