Sunday Drive: New Infiniti QX60 is just the right amount of everything
Christmas came a few days early for us this year when we received a new 2023 Infiniti QX60 to drive during the holiday week. The QX60 was introduced last year with a complete redesign of the vehicle, and we love the new look and feel of this mid-sized SUV.
The QX60 is based upon the same platform as the Nissan Pathfinder, meaning there is some awesome DNA that comes in the Infiniti if getting off-road is your goal. New technology and luxury are abundant throughout the cabin. The SUV comes with everything we would have expected from the folks at Infiniti.
About the only thing that has remained as a carryover from the previous generation of the QX60 is the engine, with Infiniti opting to carry on with the same naturally aspirated V-6 engine that has proven to work so well in the SUV. It is a strong 3.5-liter power plant that produces a nice 295 horsepower with 270 foot-pounds of torque.
The best part of this power train story is that the CVT transmission has been replaced with an all-new nine-speed automatic that would slip through its gears seamlessly. We were never huge fans of having a CVT in such a large SUV and were happy to see it go. We got 23.5 miles per gallon during the week, just over what we had done in our last outing a few years ago in the QX60.
Many of the competitors in this space have chosen to go with smaller engines and add turbos or other options to try for more power or perhaps better fuel economy. In the over 4,000-pound Infiniti, we were glad to experience a straight-up power plant that got us around with what seemed like little to no effort, be it around town or accelerating onto the freeway.
Our favorite part of the new QX60 was the new technological upgrades to the interior. We’ve become huge fans of wireless tech and all-LED screen technology for the up-front passengers.
Infiniti did not disappoint us in this regard. The QX60 comes with huge, new 12.3-inch LED monitors for both the infotainment screen and the driver’s display. Both, of course, were customizable and easy to navigate after just a few hours in the SUV.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were also included in the package and done wirelessly, which is always a great addition to any vehicle. Added to that was the wireless charger in the front console, keeping us happy no matter what the drive called for.
Let us not forget that if we were not using Siri to get around, the Infiniti has a fantastic navigation system with MapCare and Premium Traffic enhancements.
A huge 10.8-inch heads-up display showed all of the navigation data needed to help get us around and keep our eyes on the road — and off all the wonderful accoutrements that lined the interior of the QX60.
There was still one more place to put an LED screen: the rearview mirror. Of course, Infiniti has added that to the mix as well. We really love this addition because when an SUV of this size gets all the seats filled, the driver can still see what is behind the car, no matter what is between him and the back window.
On Dec. 23, we had the opportunity to head to Salt Lake City in the new QX60 with Craig’s mother, Pat. We were headed to a performance of “Savior of the World” in the Conference Center downtown. Deanne choose to sit in the second row of seats, allowing Pat to enjoy the front.
She commented on how much space there was back there and loved the comfort that came with the sliding and reclining rear seats. Over the years, we have come to love the NASA-inspired zero-gravity seats that Nissan has been putting in all its vehicles. The QX was no exception as we all enjoyed the evening out in the Infiniti, even with the late-night drive home.
On the safety side, the QX60 was loaded with nearly everything we could have imagined possible to help us stay safe during our travels. Along with ProPilot Assist, which has become standard in all Infiniti vehicles, ours had the extra Navi link included. This allowed the QX60 to slow for differing terrain, twists and turns along our route.
It also provided a speed limit assist that would lower or raise the speed when the adaptive cruise was set, according to the posted limit.
The exterior of the new QX60 is quite compelling with its more defined and sleeker curves all around. The all-black roof and included panoramic moonroof seemed to really set it apart out on the road.
We loved the way the new QX60 handled. It is quite easy to drive and get around in for an SUV that holds up to seven people. We navigated and got into very tight spaces without feeling like we might have problems doing so in such a large vehicle. This was very helpful in the tight underground confines of the parking garage at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
The new Infiniti QX60 would be a great selection for any growing family or even for empty nesters like us. It has plenty of space and, most importantly, an abundant injection of luxury and technology.
Base price: $57,250
Destination charge: $1,095
Price as driven: $60,845