As with the new Pathfinder, the Infiniti gets new design appointments front and rear that bring it in line with the latest family styling as well as the newest technology. There are flush-mounted sonar sensors in the new front and rear bumpers for stylish functionality and at the rear, the new QX60 gets a motion-activated power liftgate for added convenience. The Infiniti arrives with seating for up to seven over three rows, just as the Nissan does. And as with the Pathfinder, that third row – while convenient – is a bit of a tight fit for adults but perfect for the rambunctious kids in your life.
Inside we find the new Infiniti InTouch infotainment technology that integrates navigation, convenience, security, and entertainment into one instrument panel-mounted system. Drivers see a new 8-inch color vehicle information display and our tester arrived with the optional dual 8-inch color second-row monitors that are mounted in the rear of the front seat headrests. As always, there is an abundance of fine leather and wood craftsmanship inside the QX60 along with all of the creature comforts one would come to expect.
In addition to the Theater package on our tester, Infiniti also added the Premium and Premium Plus packages as well as Deluxe Technology to give us a QX60 that was loaded to the teeth. This meant Bose Cabin Surround premium 15-speaker audio system, additional power features to front seating and controls, heated steering wheel, roof rails, remote engine start, illuminated kick plates, wireless headphones, DVD player, HDMI port, additional power ports including 120V outlet, second- and third-row moonroof, advanced climate control system, ventilated front seating, intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning, Around View monitor with Moving Object Detection and stylish 20-inch/15-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. This is all in addition to predictive forward collision warning, backup collision intervention, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, and hill-start assist.
Infiniti uses the motto of “Empower the Drive” and with all of these amenities added to the lengthy list of standard features, one certainly feels empowered when behind the wheel. That empowerment does come with a small price as the 2017 QX60 starts at $43,100 with this tester arriving with a final window sticker of $58,245. Fuel economy is rated at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. All-wheel drive will add about $1,800 to your QX60 should you go that route.
For those shopping for a premium three-row midsize SUV, the 2017 Infiniti QX60 should be on your list. Thanks to the upgrades over the past two years the model is as competitive as ever and offers a very good ride and drive experience while also being one of the safest on the road. The creature comforts are over the top and the materials wrap you in luxury whether you are going across town or across the country. Think of the QX60 as the on-road equivalent to “glamping.”