At the duPont REGISTRY, we receive a different press car each week to test drive as a daily driver (gas mileage may vary). This week we have had the pleasure of sporting a new Infiniti QX60 in deep Hermosa Blue.
Let’s start under the hood:
The venerable 3.5-liter V6 is based on the engine that powered the 350Z. Maybe due to the older design, it only makes 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Nevertheless, the power is perfectly acceptable for a family crossover. Many manufacturers are producing turbocharged four-cylinder models with more power and torque, so the MSRP might be hard to swallow vis-à-vis the more efficient competition. Other Japanese luxury models are also making tidy profits by charging premium prices for horsepower levels of the late 90’s.
After a week of daily driving, we’ve have a few points you might want to consider if you are in the market for a new crossover. The transmission is well engineered. Shift points and firmness are better than most in this class.
Another selling point is intentional delay. Every action or input made to the QX has a delay of a few seconds. “Type A” personalities should probably stop reading here as you will become irritated. As an example, everything from power mirror adjustment to seeking on the radio has a built-in hesitation. The purpose? The target audience for luxury crossovers are not not as spry as us supercar driving folk.
Thanks to the delayed actions, driving the QX is an exercise in relaxation.
No cheap materials are to be found, making the build quality top notch. Body panels and interior surfaces are curved into curved and bulbous shapes. It almost seems like the designers are trying too hard to fight the square and boxy styling found on US and German competitors.
If you enjoy music in high quality, the audio system is also worth the money. One curious aspect is that the rear doors are not as insulated as their counterparts in the front so you’ll need to set the radio’s fade rearward to cancel out road noise coming in through the rear door panels. Rear passengers won’t be worried about the audio because the rear sunroof makes up for it.
Considering all aspects of the 2015 QX60, Infinity’s new crossover makes for a great way to transport your family. The MSRP is listed at $54,690 with highway fuel economy of 27 mpg. Yes, there are more economical alternatives, but if you don’t follow the crowd the QX60 might be your next ride. Stay tuned to Autofluence for the next installment of In the Driver’s Seat.