The QX60 three-row luxury SUV is back for a second generation with an evolved design and updates galore. The midsize crossover was Infiniti's first Acura MDX fighter back in 2013 and went on to great success, becoming the brand's top seller for a time. The second-generation QX60 arrives in North America in late 2021 and will be assembled in the same Smyrna, Tennessee plant as the first generation, with additional production in China for the Chinese market.
With the new 2022 QX60, Infiniti is betting its updated drivetrain—which now routes power through a traditional automatic transmission rather than a CVT—will help improve the crossover's performance. The previous generation model that we tested didn't feel underpowered but was measurably slower than many of its segment rivals.
That said, we can glean from the new model's specs that it's just as spacious as the previous version, if not more so. The interior has also received a major redesign, updating the QX60's cabin with premium materials like available quilted semi-aniline leather and wood accents. The new wider body has all kinds of presence, boasting thin headlights, a wide grille, and an available black roof. This major reset of the QX60 might be just what the model needs to once again become Infiniti's most popular offering.
The same 295-hp naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 that powered the first-generation QX60 returns for 2022 but attached to a different gearbox. A new nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the line's CVT and delivers power to a standard FWD drivetrain or an available AWD system. Infiniti says the QX60's updated setup can tow a max 6,000 pounds.
No EPA fuel economy numbers have emerged yet for the 2022 QX60 and the last time it was rated was for the 2020 model year. With the V-6 and CVT, the first-generation QX60 saw 20/27 mpg city/highway for the FWD and 19/26 mpg for the AWD. As before, the QX60 is based on the Nissan Pathfinder, which is also new for 2022. For reference, that new Nissan is rated 21/26 mpg with FWD and 20-21/25-27 mpg with AWD.
Like fuel economy data, safety test scores from either the NHTSA or the IIHS have yet to be published for the 2022 QX60. In the past, the 2020 QX60 nabbed five-star overall ratings for both FWD and AWD versions, the NHTSA's highest ranking, and it was named a 2019 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
Every grade of QX60 receives forward and reverse automatic emergency braking. Available active safety technologies include traffic sign recognition and adaptive headlights.
The new QX60 has the same wheelbase as the outgoing model but its body is both shorter and wider than the first generation's. These new dimensions afford greater cargo space inside with the two rear rows of seats folded but less space with the seats up and behind the third row. There's seating for up to seven, and space compares favorably to the 2022 Acura MDX.
Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):
2022 QX60: 75.4/41.6/14.5 cubic feet
2022 MDX: 71.4/39.1/16.3 cubic feet
The 2022 QX60 includes a raft of premium standard technology. Those features include a power liftgate, LED headlights, eight-way power adjustable front seats, and a one-touch folding second row (that can fold forward without having to remove a child seat). A capacitive climate control panel with haptic feedback is standard, and all QX60s also get a three-zone climate control system with second and third row vents and a 12.3-inch high-definition infotainment touchscreen. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard, but in an unusual move Apple CarPlay is wireless while Android Auto requires a USB connection.
Available tech includes a hands-free power liftgate, wireless device charging, 10.8-inch head-up display, and 12.3-inch instrument cluster display. Other options include a Bose 17-speaker premium sound system, front-row seats with massage function, heated second-row seats, and up to seven USB ports with available charging in every row.
Four trim levels are offered for the 2022 QX60: The entry-level Pure, followed by Luxe, Sensory, and range-topping Autograph. We think the $57,375 Sensory trim is the one to get, as it comes with oodles of luxury features like massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, ambient lighting, and a 17-speaker premium audio system. The QX60 Sensory also has useful equipment like second-row sunshades, gesture-activated liftgate, and universal garage door opener. Choosing the high-end QX60 Autograph adds more styling and technology appointments, but the Sensory trim seems to provide most of the same upscale functionality for thousands of dollars less. Really, even in its lower trims the QX60 is pretty nicely appointed.
Check out our QX60 pricing guide for more information on what's included at each trim level.
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