The Infiniti QX60 is a three-row luxury sport utility that focuses on classy styling and value-oriented design. Revamped in 2022 for its second generation, the QX60 remains a solid choice for luxury three-row shoppers.
To accomplish it’s value proposition, Infiniti put a lot of comfort and technology into the QX60’s design to dulcify its price point. Starting at about $50,000 and running up to about $64,000, the 2024 QX60 may not appear to be too much cheaper compared to other luxury models in its class. But Infiniti adds a host of standard technologies and great design elements that others may not contain.
The 2024 Infiniti QX60 has four trim levels, with the base level Pure trim having a lot of standard features such as leather upholstery, a panoramic moonroof, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a wireless smartphone charging pad, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning (with automatic braking), forward collision mitigation, and lane-departure warning. The next-up Luxe package is more compelling, though, adding adaptive cruise control (through Infiniti’s full ProPilot driver assist and safety system). Plus a 360-degree camera view, larger wheels, and a larger digital driver information display. Among many other things. Well worth the $6,000 upgrade price.
Whatever the trim level choice, the 2024 QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 295 horsepower in a smooth band. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels by default, but all-wheel drive is an available option on all trims. Some may want quicker acceleration from their luxury SUV, but we think that the smooth 3.5L here is nicely tuned for this vehicle and that its comfortable feel will appeal to most. Especially with the buttery shifts the transmission offers in most daily driving situations. When pressed, the transmission will downshift and the engine will rev to provide plenty of confidence when merging onto the freeway or getting around for a pass.
Those familiar with the Nissan Pathfinder will recognize all of these attributes as the QX60 and Pathfinder are built on the same platform and powertrain. Like the Pathfinder, the QX60’s third row is usable and not just for marks on paper. It’s adult-friendly, provided the adults are not over six feet, and offers decent comfort for this class of crossover-SUV.
Seating in the 2024 QX60 ranges from seven to eight, depending on second-row design. Unless hauling eight is your norm, we’d suggest the captain’s chairs in the second row for added comfort and easier access to the third row.
For utility, the 2024 Infiniti QX60 has a well-sized cargo space, provided the third row is not in use. Like most of its rivals, storage in the rear is limited if the third row is in use. But for those needing to add on, a towing package is optionally available (and highly recommended), adding both cargo extension options (bike racks, trays, etc) or the option of towing up to 6,000 pounds in trailer. That’s a good amount of utility that will fit most everyone’s needs. Whatever they might be.
There are some strong rivals in the luxury three-row crossover segment. Compared to the Acura MDX or Audi Q7, the Infiniti QX60 offers a lot of value for similar returns. The MDX and Q7 have stronger acceleration and a sportier affect about them, but the QX60 is, in our mind, a better value as a luxury option. The strongest rival for the QX60 is probably Volvo’s XC90, which is similarly arranged, but a bit more expensive. Style- and comfort-wise, though, we’d say the two are neck-and-neck. The Volvo, however, is a much older design having last seen major upgrades in 2016.
We think there are a lot of compelling reasons to put the 2024 Infiniti QX60 on a short list of options when looking for a luxury three-row vehicle. It strikes a great balance between value and luxurious comfort and tech.
This review originally appeared on DriveModeShow.com.