by Michael Butler
Driving a flashy SUV has become a serious benchmark in the world of social rankings and offers almost as many status points as a Rolex watch or a mansion in the hills - but what if you want the flash, but can't afford the real deal? We would like to introduce the 2020 Infiniti QX60, a mid-size luxury crossover that won't break the bank, but offers a good amount of standard features, enough power to get you around, and intensive looks that border between flashy and family. The interior isn't as premium as, say, a BMW X5, and it's not as entertaining to drive as an Audi Q7, but it's still a comfortable and capable machine carrying a relatively affordable price tag. Starting at $44,350, it undercuts the Audi Q7 by more than $10,000, and you can be assured that your next-door neighbor will be convinced that you've made it once you roll up in this thing.
2020 brings with it only a few minor changes: base model cars are now offered with standard blind-spot monitoring, and the current car still benefits from the improvements made to the V6 engine back in 2017. Despite the added driver assistance tech, the asking price remains the same for 2020.
The exterior of the 2020 car is highly inoffensive, and while it might not pull at the heartstrings, it won't pull any unwarranted attention from the police either. The swooping body style is met with standard LED signature headlights and foglights in the front, and LED taillights and center high-mounted stoplight in the rear. The 2020 QX60 rides on a set of 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 235/65R18 all-season tires, and also gets a set of power-folding, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, a power sliding/tinted glass moonroof and sliding
Sunshade. Small touches such as front door handle courtesy lights, rear privacy glass, and a power rear liftgate add to the QX60's overall practicality and ease of use. Luxe models also get roof rails, a rear bumper protector, and outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature. Optional exterior features include 20-inch, 15-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, a second- and third-row moonroof with power rear sunshade, and much more.
The 2020 Infiniti QX60 is classified as a mid-size luxury SUV, and stacks up, size-wise, to competitors such as the Audi Q7 and Acura MDX. Total length is measured at 200.6 inches, and the QX60 sits 77.2 inches wide and 68.6 inches high. With roof rails and crossbars, that measurement rises to 71.4 inches. The QX60 rides on a 114.2-inch wheelbase, and both it's front and rear track measures 65.7 inches. The QX60 is significantly heavier than the Acura MDX, weighing in at 4,389 pounds in base configuration, and rising to 4,552 lbs in top-spec Luxe AWD guise.
The exterior styling of the QX60 is clearly aimed to appeal to a more mature market that doesn't want to be too flashy, and the swooping curves and drawn-out side profile lends itself well to darker and muted colors. Infiniti offers the 2020 QX60 in eight different shades of grown-up, starting with classics such as Majestic White, Black Obsidian, and Liquid Platinum, which is a fancy term for silver. Other options include Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow, the interesting Mocha Almond, as well as Deep Bordeaux. We appreciate the QX60's low-profile styling, and to complement it, we'd go with the Hermosa Blue, or Liquid Platinum, but if you don't mind standing out from the crowd, the Mocha Almond is a unique choice that should turn some heads.
Back in 2017, the Infiniti QX60 received a healthy bump in power, which translates into a smoother and stronger performing car. It should be kept in mind that the QX60 is a rather large car, and isn't a lightweight by any stretch of the imagination, so it takes some doing to get this SUV up to speed. The naturally-aspirated power plant under the hood of the 2020 QX60 does a fine job of getting things going, and we found that acceleration was strong, at a claimed 7.1 seconds from 0-60 mph from independent testing, and highway merging is completed without breaking a sweat. Once up to cruising speed, the QX60 still has enough wind in its sails to perform overtaking maneuvers. As with most naturally aspirated V6 engines, you'll have to rev out the engine to get to the powerband, which in turn hurts the otherwise excellent refinement of the QX60.
The Infiniti QX60 and Acura MDX are both powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, where the German Audi Q7 offers a small-capacity turbocharged power plant, as well as a large capacity 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine. The 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 found under the hood of the 2020 QX60 saw some revisions for the 2017 production year, which included a direct-injection fuel system, an improved air-intake system, and other smaller tweaks which translated into a power increase of 30 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque, for a grand total of 295 hp and 270 lb-ft. These upgrades help the engine feel more refined and has also improved low-down torque delivery, but you'll feel cheated in comparison, once you've tested the turbo-assisted Audi Q7. Power is sent to the front or all four wheels via an INFINITI Intelligent all-wheel-drive system and continuously variable automatic transmission that keeps up with the motor, but punching the throttle results in an unrefined howl that detracts from the overall refinement of the car.
The QX60 handles and drives like you'd expect a big luxurious SUV to drive: turn into a corner, and the Infiniti leans outward and doesn't seem too eager to cling onto any sort of racing line. Turn-in isn't as sharp as the Audi Q7, which, for its size, handles surprisingly well, and manages to feel almost car-like in its responses. Where the QX60 truly shires is over bumpy roads, where it soaks up low-speed bumps with ease. Head onto the highway, and things are just as good; road imperfections are gobbled up, and at cruising speed, the combination of a well-enclosed cabin and cushioned suspension setup provide a relaxing driving experience. Out on city streets, the steering is light enough to complete tight maneuvers without having to work your forearms, and at speed, it weighs up nicely, but forget about any steering feedback.
Fuel economy is better than expected, and in comparison to some of its main rivals, the QX60 performs pretty well. The EPA gives a fuel economy rating of 20/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined for the FWD and 19/26/22 for AWD models. The more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 Audi Q7 will blow the Infiniti out of the water when it comes to performance driving, but it comes at a price; the Audi will only manage to return 17/21/18 mpg. The 2020 Infiniti QX60 is fitted with a sizable 19.5-gallon fuel tank, which, in theory, should give it a maximum range of around 429 miles. Pretty impressive for an SUV that weighs almost 4,500 pounds.
Step inside the cabin of the 2020 QX60, and you'll be struck by its plush and premium look and feel, even though the overall design might look a bit muted. Infiniti has gone out of its way to make the QX60 feel as luxurious as some of the more expensive German offerings but just falls short of its intended target. In base form, the QX60 offers a big list of interior features that help make up for its relatively high asking price. Some of the features worth mentioning are a tri-zone automatic temperature control system, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a multi-mode second-row seat for easy third-row entry and exit. Some tech features on the base model include rear door alert, intelligent keyless entry with push-button start, voice recognition, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal transceiver. Luxe trim cars get a heated steering wheel, two-way power lumbar support for the driver's seat, dual occupant memory for the driver, and remote engine start. Active driver assistance features include forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring.
This mid-size SUV offers a good amount of interior space, especially for first and second-row passengers, but as with most in this class, third-row occupants will find their space a bit cramped, and only small adults and children should be accommodated here. Once inside, the QX60 will comfortably accommodate five adult passengers in the first two rows, while two smaller humans will be able to squeeze in the third row. Headroom in front is a respectable 40.7 inches. In the second row, headroom comes in at 38.2 inches without the panoramic moonroof and 37.3 inches with it. Third-row headroom is a tighter 36.5 inches, or 35 with the moonroof included. Compared to some of its rivals, the QX60 offers a good amount of legroom, with front passengers getting 42.2 inches, compared to the 41.7 available in the Audi Q7, and 41.4 in the Acura MDX. Legroom for second-row passengers is an equally impressive 41.7 inches, shrinking to 30.8 for those in the third row.
While most certainly a premium effort, the QX60 can't match some of its more established rivals in terms of interior material quality. The center console's cheap plastics let down an otherwise admirable effort. Base model cars are equipped with leatherette-appointed seating, which is available in either Wheat or Graphite. Luxe models get first and second-row leather upholstery in your choice of Wheat, Java, or Graphite. The base model also features Graphite weave interior trim accents, while Maple wood accents are also on offer. The rest of the interior on both trim levels is covered in black hard and soft-touch plastics, as well as a brushed aluminum finish. If you're looking for a more refined space, check out the peerless Audi Q7.
Trunk and cargo space in the 2020 Infiniti QX60 is competitive, but not class-leading. Behind the third-row seats, the QX60 offers 15.9 cubic feet of space with the moonroof in place, and 16 cubic feet without. The second-row seats feature an easy-access system to the third row, which works well, and with the 50/50-split-folding third-row seat folded down, the total cargo space opens up to 40.5 cubic feet without the panoramic roof installed. That's around three cubic feet less than you get in the Acura, but over five more than the Audi. If you need all the space on offer, fold down the second-row seats, and you'll be welcomed by 76.2 cubic feet of space. That's enough space to fit all your dogs. Passengers will find two cupholders in the front, as well as a decently sized glovebox and center console storage bin. Those in the second row get door pockets, but those in the third will have to keep their belongings on their laps.
The features list on the QX60, even in base spec, is pretty impressive: the exterior of the base model gets standard LED signature headlights and front fog lights, LED signature taillights and center high-mounted brake light, as well as power folding, heated outside mirrors with integrated
turn signals, and a power sliding/tinted glass moonroof and sliding sunshade. Keyless access, front door courtesy lights, rear privacy glass, and a power liftgate are also included. Step inside the cab of the 2020 QX60 and you are treated to a standard eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone climate control and an auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink universal
Transceiver. The range-topping Luxe trim adds a set of roof rails up top and continues with a rear bumper protector, a heated steering wheel, as well as remote engine start, outside mirrors with auto-reverse tilt, and an advanced intelligent key system with memory. Active driver assistance features include forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and rear door alert.
Both the base and Luxe trim level gets an eight-inch touchscreen display which is responsive and intuitive enough, but the menu design looks dated when compared to its contemporaries. Both trim levels also get six USB charging ports located throughout the car, as well as a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, and SiriusXM Travel Link. You also get Bluetooth streaming with a hands-free phone calling service. Luxe models add a premium Bose sound system with 13 speakers and an enhanced intelligent key system that will remember audio and navigation settings since the last time of use. Optional infotainment features include a theatre package that adds dual eight-inch color monitors for multimedia video playback, two wireless headphones, and a wireless remote control. The optional Sensory package adds an even more advanced Bose Centerpoint surround sound system with 15 speakers and driver's audio stage.
Infiniti builds some seriously sturdy cars, and the QX60 is a testament to that. In the past three years, the QX60 has been recalled only twice. The first recall was issued in September of 2019 for a malfunctioning backup camera. The second was issued in November of 2019 for a possible brake fluid leak that could potentially catch alight when brought in contact with a spark or flame. Infiniti will back its QX60 with a solid four-year/60,000-mile warranty, which includes a seven-year corrosion warranty, six years or 70,000 miles of drivetrain coverage, as well as a four-year roadside assistance plan.
The car-buying public has come to expect that luxury SUVs be as safe, if not safer than, traditional sedans, so a lot of work has been put into the safety of the QX60, and it has clearly paid off: testing by the NHTSA has proven that the QX60 is an exceptionally safe car, and the rating agency scored it an overall five out of five stars. The IIHS put the QX60 through their rigorous testing program, and was given top scores of Good in five categories, with only Acceptable given for small overlap on the front passenger-side tests. Still, the QX60 bagged a Top Safety award for 2019. With standard driver assistance tech on board, either model should be as safe as houses.
The QX60 passed all major crash tests well, which is largely due to its extensive range of standard safety features. Both the base and Luxe trim car gets standard forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, predictive forward warning, blind-spot warning, rear-door alert, and a rearview monitor. The Luxe model adds an intelligent keyless entry system, and all cars benefit from a reinforced passenger compartment and front and rear crumple zones, LED exterior lighting, and a slide-away brake pedal assembly. For those who are serious about safety, Infiniti offers the Proassist Package, which adds adaptive cruise control, rear emergency braking, lane departure and lane-keep assistance, as well as high beam assist and auto-dimming side mirrors. The Essential package also adds a surround-view monitoring system and rain-sensing window wipers.
The 2020 QX60 is a middle-of-the-road offering from Infiniti that offers reserved yet handsome exterior styling, a good amount of interior and cargo space, and its 3.5-liter V6 offers good performance. The European styling of the QX60 will attract a lot of buyers who don't want a ton of attention drawn, and we get it - it's the perfect suburban sleeper SUV. Inside, the QX60 doesn't offer the most exciting design, and some of the materials feel subpar, especially when compared to the Audi Q7, but it offers most of the amenities we consider to be necessities on modern cars. Out on the road, the QX60 offers a confident and well-dampened ride, but isn't as dynamically exciting to drive as some of its rivals. The 2020 Infiniti QX60 then is a perfectly sensible choice for perfectly sensible people who want a bit of premium luxury, but don't want to fork out the money for a more expensive German offering.
The price of the 2020 Infiniti QX60 mid-size SUV can be split into four categories: Pure or Luxe trim, and FWD or AWD drivetrain configuration. The 2020 range of QX60 cars start with the front-wheel-drive Pure, which goes for an MSRP of $44,350. This price does not include tax, registration, or a delivery fee of $1,025. By comparison, the Audi Q7 starts at $54,800, and the Acura MDX will set you back $44,500. To get behind the wheel of an AWD version, you'll have to fork over an extra $2,000, for a total of $46,350. The range-topping Luxe model starts off with an asking price of $46,150 in FWD guise and goes all the way up to $48,150 for the AWD Luxe. Fully kitted, the 2020 Infiniti QX60 Luxe will set you back over $65,881 - that's Porsche Cayenne money.
Potential buyers can choose between two trim levels; the base model, which is titled Pure, and the range-topping Luxe model that adds a significant number of features. The Pure, which starts at $44,350, is well specced: the exterior features LED signature headlights and front fog lights as well as taillights, power-folding and heated side mirrors, a power sliding tinted glass moonroof, front door handle courtesy lights and, a power rear liftgate, and rear privacy glass. Inside, occupants are treated to tri-zone climate control, heated front seats with an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as driver assistance, features such as forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and a rearview monitor. The $46,150 Luxe model adds a set of roof rails and a rear bumper protector to the outside, while the interior now features a remote engine start system and a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system.
As if the extensive list of standard features on both the Pure and Luxe were not enough, Infiniti offers a whole bag of optional packages and accessories. The QX60 Luxe is available with the $2,900 Essential package, which incorporates a set of leather seats, integrated navigation, SiriusXM with a four-year subscription, a surround-view monitoring system, as well as voice recognition and rain-sensing window wipers. For those who enjoy their in-car entertainment, Infiniti offers a Theatre package which, for $2,150, will add dual eight-inch monitors with two wireless headphones, a wireless controller, and a single USB port, HDMI port and a 12V power point and 120V power outlet. The packages get more expensive as you step up to the Sensory package, which will set you back a stiff $3,500. This package adds premium features such as a motion-activated power liftgate, a Bose Centerpoint 15-speaker surround sound system, and an advanced climate control system with auto-recirculation and a Plasmacluster air purifier. For added safety, the $3,400 Proactive package sees the introduction of adaptive cruise control, rear emergency braking, distance control assist, active trace control, as well as lane departure and lane keep assist, and high beam assist.
The QX60 is available in two trims and two drivetrain configurations, so there aren't a million trims to choose from. The base model starts at $44,350, and you'll add $2,000 to that price to get it in AWD guise. For less than $2,000 more than the entry-spec pricing, you can get a Luxe model in FWD guise, which is our pick of the bunch. That extra $1,800 will bag you a set of roof rails and a rear bumper protector on the outside, while the cabin gets a heated steering wheel and driver's seat two-way power lumbar support. There's also a stack of additional tech features that come standard on the Luxe model: you get remote engine start, wing mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, an entry and exit assist system for driver's seat and steering wheel, as well as an intelligent key memory system. Audiophiles will be pleased to hear that Luxe models come equipped with a Bose 13-speaker premium sound system.
Audi's Q7 has become one of the class-leaders in the mid-size luxury crossover SUV market, and those who're interested in buying one will be even more keen now that the German has
received a pretty major facelift, inside and out. Unlike the other cars on comparison here, the Audi Q7 is the only car that features turbocharged engines. The Premium 45 and Premium Plus are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and are assisted by a mild hybrid system for a total output of 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed auto transmission. Q7 55 TFSI quattro models are powered by a more serious turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage on the 3.0-liter Q7 is 17/21/18 mpg city/highway/combined, obviously not as impressive as the QX60's estimates. Still, the Q7 feels far superior on the road and offers a more dynamic driving experience. Its interior is far better in terms of design and refinement, too. The Q7 is the more premium product but comes at a price. If you're willing to pay ten to twenty grand extra, be our guest.
The Acura MDX (despite its name sounding like some sort of designer drug) sits on an equal playing field as the QX60, and both share a lot of similarities. For starters, the 2020 Acura MDX is powered by a similar 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine, which in the Acura delivers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, slightly off the Infiniti's numbers. Power is sent to the front, or all four wheels, via a nine-speed auto trans. The EPA rates the MDX's fuel economy at 19/25/21 mpg city/highway/combined for the AWD A-Spec model, increasing to 20/27/23 mpg for FWD models - just a fraction behind the QX60. The exterior of the MDX is arguably more modern looking, but step inside the cabin, and you'll be hard-pressed to tell which interior design looks the most dated. What the Acura does offer are slightly better quality interior materials. Interior space is on par with the QX60, but the MDX offers a lot more cargo space, especially behind the front seats. On the road, the MDX is perfectly capable, but, as with the QX60, doesn't deliver the most enthralling driving experience. The MDX is closely priced to the QX60, so it will boil down to personal choice, but we'd recommend the Acura.