What's New for 2015:
- Continuously variable transmission now simulates shifting
- Optional 20-in. wheel-and-tire package
- New interior and exterior color choices
The Infiniti QX60 is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for up to 7 people. It is based on the Nissan Pathfinder, and competes with the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia Denali, and Lincoln MKT.Models and Features
Infiniti offers the 2015 QX60 with a choice between a V-6 engine (QX60 3.5) or a hybrid powertrain (QX60 Hybrid). Each can be optioned with several option packages as well as items from a list of extra-cost accessories.
In order to get Bluetooth streaming-audio capability, a premium sound system, navigation system, connected services, entertainment system, or most of the QX60's available safety technologies, buyers must upgrade this crossover SUV with the option package in which the feature might be contained.
Additional upgrades, depending on the package, include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. An air-purifying climate control system is also available, along with a panoramic sunroof and a set of 20-in. wheels and tires.Under the Hood
A 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard for the QX60 3.5. It is matched with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) featuring new D-Step Logic Control, which is designed to simulate the sound and power response of a traditional automatic transmission. The CVT powers the SUV's front wheels, and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is optional.
The QX60 Hybrid features a supercharged, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, 15-kW electric motor, Lithium-ion battery installed beneath the crossover's cargo floor, and a regenerative braking system that keeps the battery charged. Combined, this technology produces 250 horsepower. Like the QX60 3.5, the hybrid model is available with AWD.Fuel Economy
With the optional AWD system, the QX60 3.5 is rated to return 19 mpg in the city, according to the EPA. On the highway, the QX60 with front-wheel drive is expected to get 27 mpg.
People who frequently drive in the city might want to try the QX60 Hybrid, which should get 25 mpg in urban driving environments. The EPA doesn't find a significant benefit to the hybrid powertrain on the highway, though, where the QX60 Hybrid is rated to get 28 mpg.Safety and Technology
Infiniti offers a number of safety and infotainment features for the 2015 QX60.
Highlights of the SUV's available safety systems include full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning and intervention, lane-departure warning and prevention, and forward-collision warning and brake-assist systems. A Backup Collision Intervention system automatically stops the vehicle if the driver fails to heed warnings about approaching traffic or people, and the QX60 is also available with an Around View Monitor system that includes moving-object detection capability.
The Premium Plus package equips the QX60 with a navigation system and Infiniti Connection technology. The subscription to Infiniti Connection service is free for the first year of ownership and includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency calling, and enhanced roadside assistance. Additional features include an Infiniti Personal Assistant concierge, destination send-to-car technology, and remote access to lock and unlock the SUV's doors. Owners with teen drivers in the household will appreciate the system's Max Speed Alert and Drive Zone Alert functions.
A rear-seat entertainment system with dual 7-in. viewing screens is optional, and the Deluxe Touring package adds a 15-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system to the QX60.
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