If the Infiniti QX60 Luxury Crossover sounds like it is a new vehicle in their line, it is, but in name only.
For 2014, all of the Infiniti SUV's and crossovers will be designated as QX. The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is the former JX35 with very few changes or enhancements for 2014.
The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is offered as a 3.5L V6 in both the FWD for $41,550 (MSRP) and the AWD for $42,950 with freight $995 more. The previous Premium Package is now split into two offerings, the Premium and Premium Plus. Power up-folding third-row seats have been added to the available Deluxe Touring Package. An auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver is now standard on all models.
The former JX35 Luxury Crossover was a very nice ride and, as the QX60, continues to be a good ride for 2014.
Where it delivers excellent three-row and seven-passenger seating with high quality materials inside along with a wide range of family and comfort features, it is not as high performance as the QX70 (formerly the Infiniti M) with its 3.7L V6 and optional 5.0L V8.
Our recent weeklong ride and drive test of the QX60 was in a fully loaded up AWD with MSRP of $42,950.
Standard on the Midnight Garnet with Java interior QX60 3.5L AWD (Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive) was the 3.5L V6 with 265 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque delivered to the road through the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode. Fuel economy is 19/25 mpg City/Highway with a 21 mpg average.
The test QX60 rode pretty well on the road running on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with an independent front strut and multi-link rear suspension bolstered by front and rear stabilizer bars.
The QX60 comes with the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector with Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow modes to adjust throttle response and CVT shift points.
Right off the bat, we found that this QX60 tends to be slow responding in the Eco mode. Adjusting to Standard mode, we found the integration of the power train was much more effective in normal around town or country road driving.
Being "pedal to the metal" types, we always press a vehicle that is equipped with a Sport mode. Nearby our home in the Hill Country above Austin is a 10-12 mile section of road (we call it the Volente hill) that offers plenty of challenge to vehicle power trains, suspension and braking.
Running the QX60 first up and then back down the twisting and turning two lane road at Volente, we were pleasantly surprised at how aggressively the QX60 attacked the hill going up and managed the curves coming down. It may not be the QX70, but it is close enough for most folks.
This 2014 QX60 is said to be tow rated (when properly equipped) to handle up to 5,000 pounds. Our feeling is that towing a small trailer with something under 3,000 pounds may be reasonable, but beyond that, this is not a crossover for serious towing.
Standard luxury features on the QX60 include Leather Appointed and Heated Seats with Kasani Washi Interior Trim; Power Sliding Tinted Glass Moon Roof with Tilt Feature and Sliding Sunshade; Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with Rear Seat Heater Ducts under First and Second-Row Seats and Rear Console-Mounted plus Third-Row Side Trim Air Vents; Power Liftgate and Sequential Welcome Lighting.
Technology features standard on the QX60 include RearView Monitor; 7-inch Vehicle Information Display; Infiniti Advanced Information Display; Bose Premium Sound 6-speaker Audio System with AM/FM/CD and MP3 Playback, USB Connection Port for iPad Interface, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Major option packages added included:
Technology Package ($2,800) - with Backup Collision Intervention, Forward Collision Warning with Brake Assist, Blind Spot Warning with Intervention, Lane Departure Warning with Intervention and Intelligent Cruise Control with Distance Control (full-speed range).
Theater Package ($1,700) - with Dual 7-inch Monitors in Seat Backs, Wireless Headphones with Remote, Auxiliary Input Jacks plus Rear Headphone Jacks and Volume Control.
Deluxe Touring Package ($3,450) - replaces the standard wheels with Bright Aluminum Alloy Wheels, Heated and Cooler Front Seats, Heated Rear Seats, the Power up-folding third-row seats, Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS), 2nd/3rd-row Moonroof and Power Sunshade, adds Maple Interior Accents and replaces the Bose Premium with Bose Cabin Surround Sound System.
Premium Package ($1,550) - further upgraded the Bose Audio to 13 speakers and added Heated Steering Wheel and Remote Start.
Premium Plus Package ($3,000) - completed the luxury equipping of this QX60 with the Infiniti Connection Telematics System; Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation with NAV Weather and NAV Traffic; (increased the display to a) 8-inch VGA color-touch screen; Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Front and Rear Sonar.
Other option items added were Roof Rails ($490) and Illiminated Kickplates ($305).
With delivery, this 2014 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD priced at $57,240.
With all of the luxury included for this price, the comfortable ride, superb cabin ambiance, technology and necessary performance capability, the 2014 Infiniti QX60 3.5 AWD is worth serious consideration when looking for a three-row luxury crossover.