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The Infiniti QX60 (formerly JX) gets a minor update for the 2016 model year. It is a mid-size, three-row crossover utility vehicle with available all-wheel drive. The QX60 shares its underpinnings with the Nissan Pathfinder, and like its less-luxurious counterpart, offers a hybrid version.
The QX60 is squarely in the center of the luxury crossover market, compared to the QX70 (nee FX), which is sportier and less capacious, and the larger, thirstier, truck-based QX80 (which was previously the QX56). The Infiniti QX60 goes head-to-head with the Acura MDX, the Lincoln MKT, and the Lexus RX, though the RX doesn't offer a third row.
Infiniti has given the QX60 a few styling tweaks for 2016, mostly to the front and rear ends. The front gets slightly revised headlights, LED fog lights, and a larger grille with an integrated lower intake. The rear features new designs for the tailgate, taillights, and bumpers. The 18- and 20-inch wheel designs are also new.
Altogether, the QX60 represents a successful exercise in adapting sedan styling cues to a large crossover vehicle. The front leads with a large, puckered chrome grille, the fenders swell gently into the body side, and the rear pillar has Infiniti's signature crescent shape supporting a smoothly dropping roofline.
It's not until you get close to it, or see it next to another car, that you realize just how large this crossover is. And since many choose the three-row crossover as a minivan-avoidance measure, it's important to note that the QX60 avoids looking like that oft-dreaded people-carrier by incorporating a long hood.
Though it has worked as a family vehicle, Infiniti felt that the QX60 didn't offer the sporty dynamics associated with the brand. With that in mind, company engineers fitted the QX60 with stiffer shocks and springs. Unfortunately, that doesn't really improve agility while also upsetting the ride a bit. Infiniti might have been better off leaving well enough alone.
Roadholding remains just adequate, with notable lean in turns. The electric power steering doesn't transmit much road feel and the vehicle's length becomes most apparent when trying to parallel park or navigating narrower streets.
The QX60 offers a choice of two powertrains. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with the latest iteration of Nissan's continuously variable transmission (CVT). This engine provides adequate—not very enthusiastic—performance. Infiniti offers a choice of four different drive modes: Eco, Standard, Sport, and Snow. Eco is best avoided unless you're on long, flat stretches of road, as we find the pedal feel annoying; it pushes back if you try to accelerate too hard. The Sport mode remaps the CVT so its behavior mimics that of a conventional 6-speed automatic—at the cost of slightly higher fuel consumption—with defined shift points and a linear relationship between engine speed and road speed.
The QX60 shares its design with the Nissan Pathfinder, and the biggest difference between the two is interior quality. The styling is mostly the same this year, but Infiniti adds a soft-touch dash with contrast stitching and a new gearshift design. The overall look and feel is upscale, though not quite up to the quality of BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
As a people-hauler, the QX60 is designed for easy entry and comfort inside. It achieves those goals, with some special features that make it stand apart from the competition. The front seats are comfortable but not particularly heavy on bolstering.
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