2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

The 2023 Infiniti QX60 is a three-row luxury SUV that’s based on the Nissan Pathfinder. Its curvy styling stands out in the class, it comes loaded with more standard features and tech, and has a lower price than many rivals. However, others offer better performance and classier cabins so while the 2023 QX60 is much improved, it has a ways to go before being a top contender.

Base Price: $60,600
As Tested: $63,740
Horsepower: 296
Mileage: 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway/22 mpg combined

The QX60 got a makeover for the 2022 model year. For 2023, wireless device charging is added as a standard feature.

The 2023 QX60 comes in four trims: Pure, Luxe, Sensory and Autograph. The Pure trim starts at $49,200 which is below average for a luxury three-row SUV. The Autograph starts at $62,600. There’s room for six or seven passengers, depending on whether you get captain’s chairs in the second row. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

There’s only one engine: a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 296 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration is respectable from a stop and there’s plenty of smooth power at higher speeds. The nine-speed shifts smoothly but can be slow to downshift when you need more oomph. The suspension is firmer than other luxury SUVs but not jarring. There’s some body lean when cornering. Brakes are responsive.

When properly equipped, the QX60 can tow 3,500 to 6,000 pounds.

Fuel economy is good for the segment. EPA ratings for my AWD tester are 20 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with a combined rating of 22. I got 22 mpg during my week with a mix of city and highway driving.

The cabin is upscale with quality materials including standard leather upholstery. Fit and finish are excellent with every stitch in place. While some rivals boast ritzier interiors, the QX60 is more about quiet elegance. Seats are comfortable and supportive, even on long drives, and adults enjoy plenty of room in the first two rows. The third row is best suited for kids, as is typical in three-row crossovers.

Standard features include a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, driver’s seat memory settings, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, seven-inch digital gauge cluster, infotainment system with 12.3-inch touchscreen, nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, panoramic moonroof and rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available features include remote start, surround-view camera system, head-up display, rear-camera mirror, premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, passenger-seat memory settings, massaging front seats, heated rear seats, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, and 17-speaker Bose premium audio system.

Standard driver assistance technologies include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Available driver assistance technologies include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, traffic-sign recognition, front parking sensors and driver-attention monitoring.

The new infotainment system with its large 12.3-inch touchscreen looks great and is straightforward to use. Graphics look sharp and menus are logically laid out. The system responds promptly to touch and voice commands. Physical controls for common functions make it easy to adjust volume and climate settings.

Cargo space is good for the class with 14.5 cubic feet with all three rows of seating in place, 41.6 cubes with the second row folded and 75.4 cubes with both rows folded. A power liftgate is standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

The good:

Stylish exterior looks

Attractive, upscale interior

Starting price is low for the class

Lots of standard features and tech

Spacious first and second rows

User-friendly infotainment system

Standard Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay

The not-so-good:

Rivals have nimbler performance

Tight third row

Pricing info:

My tester starts at $60,600. Grand Blue paint is $695. The Exterior Lighting Package is $1,250. Delivery fee is $1,195 bringing the grand total to $63,740.

Bottom line:

Infiniti has tried and mostly succeeded to update the QX60 and bring it more in line with other luxury three-row crossovers. The 2023 QX60 offers lots of standard features and tech at a decent price, making it a good value in the class. But you’ll want to shop around before making a final choice as there are some worthy competitors.

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