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Infiniti QX60 Performance

Test drivers say the 2015 Infiniti QX60 has adequate acceleration, composed handling and a pleasant, comfortable ride over road imperfections. Still, a few reviewers think its steering is numb.

  • "The QX60 is a great driving vehicle that actually feels smaller on the road than its immense actual size. Squeezing into small parking spaces is really the only time that the QX60's size becomes apparent from behind the wheel." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Infiniti QX60 luxury SUV accelerates with ambition, rounds corners responsively and generally deals with everyday driving situations better than might be expected." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "So it's not exactly a driver's car, but few crossovers are." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Infiniti QX60 comes with a 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Base models return an EPA-estimated 21/27 mpg city/highway, which are some of the best numbers in the class.

Automotive writers say that the QX60 has satisfactory power in most situations, though they don’t consider it exceptionally quick. Some critics report that the CVT can be unresponsive when driving at higher speeds. Infiniti updated the QX60’s CVT for 2015, and critics report that it operates more like a conventional automatic transmission.

  • "Though not herculean, the 2015 QX60's standard 265-horsepower V6 is willing and smooth. For 2015, the Infiniti's continuously variable transmission (CVT) has been enhanced to feel more like a traditional automatic with fixed gears. Though its engine/CVT combination doesn't make the QX60 smoking-fast, it yields improved fuel economy - now up to 27 mpg on the highway." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm that provides adequate acceleration, if not the performance for which other Infiniti models are known." -- Left Lane News

Handling and Braking

According to automotive journalists, the Infiniti QX60 has controlled handling and a comfortable ride that keeps most road imperfections in check. Some critics also write that the QX60's steering feels light and imprecise, but others say it offers good feedback. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "The thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel provides exemplary feel and feedback. That's welcome in a world in which power steering seems to be getting worse rather than better." -- AutoTrader
  • "Apt for most families and drivers, Infiniti's luxury SUV has a ride quality tailored for comfort more than sporting ambition." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unlike Infiniti's burly, truck-based QX80 SUV, the QX60 rides on a car-like unibody platform that's designed for a comfortable on-road ride and predictable handling rather than trail-blazing or towing capability." -- Left Lane News
  • "Where the JX needs the most attention is in its steering. Designed to be light in the driver's hands, the system goes way too far and feels excessively numb and removed from the front wheels." -- Los Angeles Times (2013)
Review Last Updated: 8/28/15

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