2022 Infiniti QX60 first drive review: A long overdue upgrade

2022 Infiniti QX60 first drive review: A long overdue upgrade

Long awaited for an update, the 2022 QX60 marks the first major redesign for Infiniti’s luxury three-row SUV since it debuted as the JX35 way back in 2012. The new QX60 is a nice reinterpretation of the design of its predecessor coupled with a total interior overhaul. New technologies and more standard safety and practicality features complement the second-generation changes, creating a better all-round SUV.

The exterior of the 2022 QX60 keeps the broad strokes and proportions of the previous model intact, but massages the details for a more modern, streamlined look. I particularly like the new hidden D-pillars and horizontal chrome accents, which create a much cleaner profile than before. In combination with the black roof of the available two-tone coloring, the new QX60 looks slimmer, longer and lower – all good things.

The new QX60 is about 2 inches shorter than before, measuring 198.2 inches from bumper to bumper; the wheelbase is unchanged at 114.2 inches. Yet somehow Infiniti has managed to free up more space for cargo and third-row seats. With all seats upright, the QX60 boasts a 14.5 cubic foot rear grip, 5.8 cubes larger than last year. Begin folding the third and second rows to see that the space expands first to 41.6 cubic feet and then to 75.4 cubic feet in total.

The front seats are Infiniti’s (and Nissan’s) Zero-Gravity Buckets, designed to reduce pressure discomfort on long journeys. They are damn cozy and now come with leather upholstery as standard. The Autograph trim level is further upgraded to semi-aniline leather and adds a massage function for both the driver and front passenger. Not the best massage I’ve ever had in a car, but I think it’s good enough. My best specs also jump to second-row captain’s chairs with a convenient removable center console for easier cleaning or better third-row access.

Overall, the QX60’s new interior looks great, with a stitched and quilted tan leather inspired by ripples on a still pond – the pattern tightens as you step off the seat. The matte finish wood on the dashboard contrasts nicely with the piano black horizontal vents and satin metal accents. The cabin of the QX60 once again feels like a true luxury car, which goes a long way to justify its premium price.

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The wide strokes are the same, but the new QX60 cuts a much more striking silhouette than the previous generation.

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The QX60’s engine compartment houses Infiniti’s 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. It’s good for 295 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of torque, which is a good amount of oomph for a vehicle of this size. The standard nine-speed automatic transmission can be a little hesitant to kick it on acceleration, but put your foot on the accelerator – or take one of the standard paddle shifts – and the SUV can be persuaded to deliver passing power. safety.

Front-wheel drive is standard, but my QX60 comes with the optional all-wheel drive upgrade. Fuel economy for the AWD models is estimated at 20mpg in the city, 25mpg on the highway and 22mpg combined, but keep front-wheel drive to boost those figures by 1mpg across the board. Numbers like that won’t blow your mind, but they’re a bit better than what the previous QX60 could garner, and at least on par with this SUV’s competitors.

The driving modes give owners some control over the QX60’s performance. There are Normal, Eco and Sport modes, each with changes to shift programming and throttle response. In practice, they don’t feel very different from each other.

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The QX60’s steering and ride are both eerily solid for a comfort-oriented cruiser.

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The new QX60’s steering has good weight and the ride is firm and stable, but somehow both lack true communication or connection to the road. It’s like Infiniti is trying to create the sporty vibe but neglecting to include the actual sporty tuning. That’s fine – it’s not that the QX60 is a sports car or it should even be rated as one – but it’s a weird side of the performance line.

To Infiniti’s credit, the QX60 never feels too harsh and strikes a decent balance between yielding on the bumps and controlled movement of the body around curves. Road and wind noise are also well managed. I think the QX60 could benefit from adding adaptive suspension to its list of options, but I also think it could be argued that most buyers at this price point will be perfectly happy with the SUV’s taut road feel.

The model year 2022 update brings with it a new standard 12.3-inch version of Infiniti’s InTouch touchscreen infotainment, which doesn’t immediately convince me. The new system looks great with crisp graphics and bright colors that really stand out on the screen. However, the menu system and organization seem halfway through. The new QX60 does away with many of its shortcut buttons on the dashboard for a cleaner look, but the touchscreen interface doesn’t have a persistent shortcut bar. This means that switching, for example, from the satellite radio tuner to the map requires a detour to the main screen or the use of the control wheel shortcuts at the bottom of the center console. Maybe with more time I could develop muscle memory for the controller, but using InTouch during my first drive is an awkward business.

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I’m not a fan of the new technology, but the QX60’s cabin finally feels like the luxury part.

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Fortunately, wired Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay they are standard, each of which probably offers a superior experience to the infotainment on board. The QX60 is also available with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is actually much more intuitive thanks to the steering wheel controls, and a 10.8-inch head-up display that shows turn-by-turn, speed and the driver. help information.

The few remaining center stack buttons (mainly climate controls) have been moved to a glossy black touch-capacitive panel that features a slight confirmation of the tactile click when pressed, meant to replicate the feel of physical buttons. I don’t love it, but I’m also pretty ready and forgetful when it comes to automatic air conditioning systems, so I’m not too offended. At least the temperature and volume control – the two bits I touch most often – are still correct knobs.

The QX60 offers some of the best safety technologies Infiniti has to offer, starting with the optional ProPilot Assist. This practical steering assistance program seems natural enough. Adaptive cruise control keeps distance well behind a car in the lead without jolting or jolting, and stop-and-go functionality is improved. Adaptive Cruise also connects to the navigation system and can automatically change the cruising speed to match the indicated speed limit or slow down slightly in preparation for a curve along the route.

Each QX60 comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic warning and rear automatic braking. This is a solid list, even for the base Pure model. I particularly like the touch of tactile vibration in the steering wheel when activating the lane departure system – it’s a kind of virtual noise strip and far less annoying than a beep or beep.

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Those faux chrome exhaust trims closed on the bumper are certainly weird.

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Infiniti continues to offer one of the best surround camera systems in the industry – the brand was one of the first pioneers to popularize the technology. This is now augmented with an available smart rearview mirror that switches from an optical mirror to a rear camera display with the flip of a switch, providing a live rear view even when the heads of the cargo or passengers would otherwise block the rear window.

The new QX60 starts at $ 47,875 (including a $ 1,025 destination cost) for the base front-wheel drive Pure model and goes up to $ 61,375 for the fully loaded Autograph spec. All-wheel drive adds $ 2,000 to the bottom line, except for the Autograph trim, where it confusingly costs $ 3,000. Add an extra $ 900 for the “super premium” Deep Bordeaux paint in my example to achieve an as-tested price of $ 65,275. You can check out a full price breakdown for more details on the mid-range Luxe and Sensory models.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 will hit dealerships this fall. The previous generation, despite being over a decade old, was already one of Infiniti’s best-selling models. Armed with new technologies and a sleek, modern look, I’m sure this new generation will enjoy similar success.

Editor’s Note: Travel expenses related to this story were covered by the manufacturer, which is common in the automotive industry. The opinions and opinions of the Roadshow staff are ours and we do not accept paid editorial content.

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