2015 Infiniti QX60 Review

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2015 Infiniti QX60 Review

Nov 2, 2015

New Braunfels, Texas – My mom called to see if I’m enjoying my rental cabin, which is called “Spiel Haus.” It’s a kitschy “playhouse” in this tiny town not far from San Antonio that was settled in 1845 by a group of Germans led by a prince, no less. “Honestly, it’s all a bit dismal,” I tell my mom. “It’s pouring rain, I’m driving a 2015 Infiniti QX60, and there are dead cockroaches and random pairs of underwear strewn about the house.” She asks, “What’s a QX60?”

Infiniti implemented its new, more-like-the-Teutons nomenclature not long ago, and now names for coupes and sedans start with Q and names for crossovers and SUVs start with QX — far simpler than before, or so I thought. If the forthcoming Infiniti QX30 will be the smallest crossover while the QX80 — formerly the QX56 — is the largest, then one could surmise that the QX50 would be the new version of the EX350, the QX60 would be the new FX, and the QX70 would be the new three-row JX.

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I really liked the Infiniti FX, a crossover hot rod with an unexpectedly capable chassis, so I booked a 2015 Infiniti QX60 test vehicle for my trip to New Braunfels. But it turns out the QX60 is actually the JX, the seven-passenger crossover with a continuously variable transmission and a chassis that’s as springy as the beds in Spiel Haus. (The FX is now the QX70, as Infiniti seemingly positions by prestige, not size.)

“The QX60 is the new name for the JX35,” I tell my mom. “You know, the crossover we drove to New Orleans a couple years ago?” She exclaims, “Oh, I like that car.” As we went south toward the Big Easy, she praised the then-JX’s good looks and well-appointed cabin, charmed by an options list that included adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward collision intervention, heated second-row seats, a panoramic sunroof, a surround-sound Bose audio system, navigation, and a 360-degree camera system. The rain-covered QX60 sitting outside of my cabin has those features as well as other extras that help tack $11,000 onto the base price of $43,000.

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4“It’s probably because I’m a single, impetuous man-child, but I don’t get the QX60,” I admit. “It doesn’t have enough headroom for how big it is, the third row is a joke, the second row is uncomfortable, the infotainment system is unintelligible, and most significantly, it’s far less functional than a minivan.” My mom pauses before saying, “You don’t want to be seen in a minivan. And minivans have sliding doors.” So I reply, “I never liked sliding doors because I thought they could chop off little kids’ fingers.”

And then I ask my mom, “If I were still a little kid, would you buy a three-row crossover?” She thinks for a moment and says yes. I ask, “Would you consider buying a 2015 Infiniti QX60?” She says yes. “Would you consider buying a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder?” She says no. “You know they’re basically the same car, right?” She asks, “Wait, whose underwear did you find in the house?”

 

2015 Infiniti QX60 3.5 Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $43,395/$54,690 base/as tested
Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V-6/265 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 248 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Continuously variable
Layout: 4-door, 7-passenger, front-engine, FWD crossover
EPA Mileage: 21/27 mpg (city/hwy)
Suspension F/R: Strut-type, coil springs/multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R: Vented discs
Tires F/R: 235/55R-20
L x W x H: 196.4 x 77.2 x 68.6 in
Wheelbase: 114.2 in
Headroom F/R2/R3: 40.7/38.3/36.5 in
Legroom F/R2/R3: 42.3/41.7/30.8 in
Shoulder Room F/R2/R3: 60.3/60.4/57.1 in
Cargo Room: 15.8 cu ft
Towing: 5,000 lb
Weight: 4,385 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 56/44%
0-60 MPH: N/A
1/4-Mile: N/A
Top Speed: N/A

(source: automobilemag.com)

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