If there is something very familiar with this 2017 Infiniti QX60 premium family utility vehicle, it could be that you remember its cousin we reviewed not too long ago in the form of the Nissan Pathfinder. And like the Pathfinder, the QX60 receives some nice upgrades for this year model as well.
Kicking things off in the enhancement department would be the new direct-injected 295hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine. This is an increase in power of 30 ponies and 22 lb. ft. of torque (now 270). As will nearly all Nissan/Infiniti models, the new QX60’s engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT is sport tuned and electronically controlled so when placed into sport mode it mimics that of a traditional gearbox in providing shift points. Drivers can use the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector to choose from Standard, Sport, Eco, and Snow settings to optimize their time behind the wheel depending on driving conditions.
The 2017 QX60 is still offered in both front- and all-wheel drive formats with our tester arriving in the former, as most consumers will have theirs outfitted. Should one opt for AWD, Infiniti delivers its Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology where power can be sent to any one wheel that is providing the most traction depending on slippage that is sensed. The premium midsize SUV also received styling and chassis improvements last year that not only freshen its looks but bring a slightly more dynamic driving experience. Infiniti engineers added new shock absorbers and spring units, slipped on new tires, and gave the speed sensitive electric power steering quicker response and tighter ratios. The improvements are subtle but they are there and they are noticeable.