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MSRP: $42,100 - $46,500
Invoice: $39,153 - $43,245
MPG: 20 City / 26 Hwy
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Infiniti QX60 Performance

As a whole, reviewers think that the 2014 Infiniti QX60 has some admirable traits that appeal to many luxury crossover SUV shoppers, such as a soft ride and sufficient power for most situations. However, some critics are disappointed with its transmission, saying it is slow to deliver more power when needed. Others also note that the QX60's light steering provides little feedback, which may not appeal to shoppers who want an SUV that’s fun to drive.

  • "Drivers will like the way the QX60 accelerates up to speed sprightly, steers around corners responsively and generally deals with the world's driving situations much better than would be expected." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You won't have any complaints about the QX60 once it's up to speed on the highway. With its cushy ride, the QX shrugs off road imperfections. In general, this is a very comfy, quiet and luxurious vehicle to while away the miles." -- Edmunds
  • "So it's not exactly a driver's car, but few crossovers are." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 265 horsepower. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. According to the EPA, the QX60 achieves up to 20/26 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class.

Some reviewers say that the QX60 has adequate power for city driving, but also that it can feel strained during passing maneuvers on the highway. Critics also aren't overly impressed with the CVT, as one says that it doesn't always respond as quickly as desired.

  • "The 2014 Infiniti QX60's V6 can feel a little sluggish during passing maneuvers, and the efficiency-oriented CVT can be slow to respond if you get aggressive with the gas pedal. In time, you get used to both of these traits, but depending on your priorities, they might not meet your performance expectations for a luxury-branded vehicle." -- Edmunds
  • "Not overly strong, the 3.5-liter, 265-horsepower V6 engine, matched with a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT), is both willing and smooth. If not tire-smoking fast, the QX60 delivers commendable fuel economy." -- 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
  • "Our feelings 'shifted' from tragedy to comedy when we tested the manual shift mode in the JX. The transmission provides simulated shifts that feel utterly inauthentic, which makes us wonder why engineers keep bothering to include these faux shift programs." -- Autoblog (2013)

Handling and Braking

Reviewers are appreciative of the QX60's comfortable ride, saying that most road imperfections are kept in check. However, the ride is too soft for some, as excessive body lean in turns is noted. Some critics also write that the QX60's steering feels light and imprecise. Still, one test driver acknowledges that a crossover SUV with a soft suspension and light steering is likely what a lot of shoppers in this market are seeking.

  • "The trade-off, however, is that the QX60 is a grudging partner when you drive it through turns. It feels heavy, the steering is too light to have any true precision and the soft suspension tuning allows for a lot of distracting body lean." -- Edmunds
  • "Unlike Infiniti's burly, truck-based QX80 SUV, the QX60 rides on a carlike 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)
  • "Instead, body roll rules the day, and the steering is dialed in somewhere between light and feather. These attributes tend to turn off enthusiast drivers, but many luxury crossovers buyers will identify them as signs of progress." -- Autoblog (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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