2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD Review

Fighting for some premium crossover elbow room


Amos Kwon, Editor-In-Chief



Positives: Modern and attractive design inside and out finally plays catch-up, first Infiniti to depart from the old design language, infotainment has improved tremendously, comfortable and elegant cabin.
Negatives: Could be mistaken for a Lincoln or a Land Rover, a little bit rough over pavement irregularities, could use more power via a new engine.
Bottom Line: The new QX60 isn't a revelation, but it is echelons better than its predecessor in terms of style, technology, materials, and comfort. It's welcomed addition to the segment and a much-needed redesign for the brand.
We drove the last-gen QX60 back in 2020, and we liked it. But we acknowledged back then that it was in need of a redesign. Well, its replacement is finally here for the 2022 model year, and it's all-new. First of all, it looks nothing like the last one, and that's a good thing. The interior has also received a serious makeover. Both the inside and out are far different from the last model, and it's high time because the premium mid-size crossover segment is packed with contenders like the Lincoln Aviator, Acura MDX, Buick Enclave, and Volvo XC90. It's based on the Nissan Pathfinder and takes the same powertrain: a 295-hp 3.5-liter V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic. We drove it in top Autograph trim for a week to see how much the model has progressed. Read our full review below.
 

Driving Experience

6.7

 

Even though the QX60 is all-new, the engine is not, unfortunately. It's not a bad mill, but it does carry over from the 2020 QX60. In this segment, power matters, and the QX60 is adequate, as is the handling. Don't look for scintillating performance, but the QX60's 295-hp V6 will be plenty for most drivers.

Ride Quality: The QX60 feels solid, but the ride is a bit on the firm side due to the large wheels. The BMW X5 feels more composed, as does the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Acceleration: 0-60 comes in 7.3 seconds, which isn't especially quick. The competition is quicker by a significant margin. The BMW X5 xDrive40i will do it in 4.9 seconds, and the Lincoln Aviator will do the same sprint in 5.4 seconds. At least the 9-speed automatic transmission is smooth and silky. Throttle response is pretty good, too.

Braking: The brakes modulate well, and there's no mushiness that we discovered during our test.

Steering: The steering provides some feedback, but there's too much of a need to course-correct because it lacks precision. It feels a bit too vague for our liking. It's at the opposite end of the spectrum compared to the X5.

Handling: The QX60 feels a bit disconnected in terms of balance and body control. It's not very confidence-inspiring in the turns.

Technology

7.9

 

There's no question that Nissan and Infiniti needed a major infotainment overhaul. The last system was dated in its appearance, as well as in its operation. The new system has been upgraded, and it's much better. Our top-trim Autograph model comes standard with a 10.8-inch head-up display, wireless charging pad, and a vivid rearview camera mirror.

Infotainment System: The big 12.3" touchscreen is standard across the entire QX60 trim range, and that's a good thing. It's just too bad the software still looks a bit old and lacks the ease of use that Jeep, Lexus (in the new NX) and Genesis have.

Controls: There are, thankfully, still some physical controls, which we appreciate. It's just too bad the QX60 relies on some haptic feedback touch controls for HVAC that are annoying to use. We also don't like the flat and long gear selector. It's not quick to use despite it's knob-like control.

Styling

8.2

 

The old QX60 was, well old. The styling was getting very long-in-the-tooth. What was once the JX35 in 2012-2013 became a slightly refreshed and rebadged QX60 until last year, which is a really long time and it showed. The new QX60 might have the same underpinnings, but it looks like a wholly new vehicle. While we find it generally attractive, it looks similar to the Lincoln Aviator and the Land Rover Range Rover Velar.

Front: The large Infiniti grille is still present, but its frame is less rounded, and it also integrates the inner edge of the headlights and has a new mesh pattern. The lower frame also has a small cutout in the center. The side intakes are now vertical. Overall, the front fascia looks fuller and more cohesive.

Rear: We love the slim taillights and the large branding on the back. It's the chromed faux exhausts we truly hate, and they almost ruin the back end.

Profile: Here's the view where the QX60 looks similar to its competitors with the sloping roofline. It's well-proportioned, but there's a bit too much chrome for our liking.

Cabin: Infiniti did a marvelous job with the interior redesign, and it really needed it. Gone is the dated center stack, replaced by a top-mounted infotainment screen, a sophisticated center console, and some great leather quilting along the seats and the dash.

Comfort

9

 

There's a lot to love about the cabin in the new QX60. Aside from its luxurious digs, there's a ton of space for occupants, and th third row is actually pretty good, as well. Soft touch materials, and thoughtful details make it a great premium three-row crossover.

Front Seats: The front seats have a great balance of firmness and cushioning. The bolstering is also quite good, and we found ourselves very comfortable on all of our commutes. It might not be great to drive, but to sit in, yes.

Rear Seats: Ours had Captain's Chairs, and they were superb thanks to supple Semi-Aniline leather, armrests, and good cushioning. 41.7 inches of legroom is also huge. The third row is pretty good with 35.7 inches of legroom.

NVH (noise/vibration/harshness): There's better sound deadening, and the new QX60 is hushed and well-built for high-speed driving in peace.

Visibility: Overall visibility is good, as is the seating position. Only the D-pillars obscure a bit due to their thickness, but cameras are excellent.

Climate: The heated and ventilated seats, as well as the climate control system were very good. We would've liked larger vents, but that would've messed up the look of the linear dash.

Safety

8.8

 

The new QX60 has not yet been fully tested for crash safety, but the IIHS has conducted some tests without providing an actual rating. Thankfully, the QX60 did very well and provides excellent safety tech and accident avoidance tech.

IIHS Rating: The QX60 performed incredibly well with "good" in all crash tests and "superior" in crash avoidance & mitigation. It also attained a Good+ for LATCH ease of use, not something you see often.

NHTSA Rating: Not tested.

Standard Tech: The Autograph trim comes with Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Front Lighting System w/ Auto-Leveling Function, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Around View Monitor w/ Moving Object Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Optional Tech: None.

Storage/Cargo

7.2

 

The QX60 is about average when it comes to interior cargo space, but at least it has thoughtful small storage areas in the cabin. We like the center console that provides cubbies for easy reach, as well as the 2nd-row removable storage unit between the Captain's Chairs.

Storage Space: The wireless charging deck at the base of the center stack is great for phones and other small gear, as is the cupholder and the armrest. Door pockets are also quite good.

Cargo Room: The QX60 isn't huge in terms of cargo space, especially behind row three where there's 14.5 cubic feet. There's 75.4 cubes with the seats folded flat. The Genesis GV80 has a bigger 84 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.

Fuel Economy

6.6

 

We were unable to hit the EPA estimates, but we weren't exactly trying. The QX60's fuel economy hasn't changed much since the last generation. Most of our driving was on local roads in Sport mode.

Observed: 17.4 mpg

Distance Driven: 136.2 miles.

Audio

9

 

The Bose Performance 17-Speaker Audio system that comes standard on the Autograph is excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed pumping tunes through this premium system that delivered plenty of bass, great midrange, and excellent clarity. For those who don't want the very top trim, it's good news that you can get the same system on the 2nd lowest Luxe trim for a mere $900. We think that's great since it's not packaged with other options totaling thousands.



Final Thoughts

The QX60 is significantly better than the vehicle it replaces in terms of styling, luxury, comfort, technology, and safety. Where it falls short in the premium segment is power, driving dynamics, and fuel economy. We're glad to see Infiniti redesigning its cash cow, but they could've done more with the engine and the driving experience. It's a worthy contender, but the heated segment will make it an uphill battle.
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