2016 INFINITI QX60

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Key Specs

of the 2016 INFINITI QX60. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Attractive styling update
  • Cabin design and materials quality
  • Sliding and reclining second row
  • Walk-through access to third row
  • Robust available safety systems
  • Responsive touch-screen multimedia system

The Bad

  • Limited access to third row with child seat installed
  • CVT behavior
  • Rough ride
  • Hybrid price premium
  • No second-row captain's chairs
  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

Notable Features of the 2016 INFINITI QX60

  • Lightly refreshed this year
  • Seven-seat luxury SUV
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Hybrid or gas-only versions
  • Emergency communication system available

2016 INFINITI QX60 Road Test

Jennifer Geiger

The verdict: The seven-seat 2016 Infiniti QX60 looks like a member of the premium SUV class with its runway-ready styling and posh, classy cabin, but its rough ride and unrefined transmission reveal it as a luxury imposter.

Versus the competition:
While the 
Infiniti QX60 out-styles most of its rivals, its competitors are quieter and have more polished road manners.


For 2016, the QX60 crossover gets a minor exterior styling update and some newly available safety features. Click here to compare it with the 2015 model. Click here to compare it with key competitors: the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Buick Enclave.
Exterior & Styling
It’s not easy for an automaker’s SUV to resemble its sexy coupes and sedans, but the QX60 does so. For 2016, designers tweaked its curves in all the right places. Though the styling update is subtle, it makes for a more fluid, dynamic look overall. Sleeker, sharper headlights, a plumper grille and a more chiseled face combine to give it an assertive stance. That attitude is matched in back with more angular taillights and a crisp bumper. Overall, it equals the Q7’s premium styling, and it’s trim and athletic compared with the plump Buick Enclave and generic Acura MDX.
How It Drives
Around town, the carryover 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine provides strong, no-nonsense power from a stop even when the SUV is loaded with people and gear. Pop it into Sport mode via a center console dial when you need more oomph; doing so ...

The verdict: The seven-seat 2016 Infiniti QX60 looks like a member of the premium SUV class with its runway-ready styling and posh, classy cabin, but its rough ride and unrefined transmission reveal it as a luxury imposter.

Versus the competition:
While the 
Infiniti QX60 out-styles most of its rivals, its competitors are quieter and have more polished road manners.


For 2016, the QX60 crossover gets a minor exterior styling update and some newly available safety features. Click here to compare it with the 2015 model. Click here to compare it with key competitors: the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Buick Enclave.
Exterior & Styling
It’s not easy for an automaker’s SUV to resemble its sexy coupes and sedans, but the QX60 does so. For 2016, designers tweaked its curves in all the right places. Though the styling update is subtle, it makes for a more fluid, dynamic look overall. Sleeker, sharper headlights, a plumper grille and a more chiseled face combine to give it an assertive stance. That attitude is matched in back with more angular taillights and a crisp bumper. Overall, it equals the Q7’s premium styling, and it’s trim and athletic compared with the plump Buick Enclave and generic Acura MDX.
How It Drives
Around town, the carryover 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine provides strong, no-nonsense power from a stop even when the SUV is loaded with people and gear. Pop it into Sport mode via a center console dial when you need more oomph; doing so grants quicker acceleration response and sprightlier takeoffs. Skip the tortoise-like Eco mode, however, which blunts acceleration to the point of annoyance.

The sole transmission is a continuously variable automatic and it delivers plenty of nonsense — loudly and frequently. Although the CVT does a convincing impression of stepped gears if you get hard on the gas, its near-constant drone is loud and awkward-sounding; it’s at odds with the car’s luxury intentions. Wind and road noise, however, are minimal.

The QX60’s road manners are also out of step. The Enclave and Q7 are quieter and have more refined-sounding engines, and others in the class deliver a smoother, cushier ride. The QX60’s ride is firm and rough, and larger bumps ripple through the cabin unsettlingly.  Maneuverability could be tightened, as well; the SUV leans in corners and is a chore to park, though the available around-view camera system reduces the stress of parking maneuvers.

Fuel economy is competitive. With all-wheel drive, the 
Infiniti QX60 AWD is rated 19/26/22 mpg city/highway/combined, besting the Buick Enclave (15/22/17) and roughly matching both the Acura MDX (19/26/22) and Audi Q7 (19/25/21).


Unlike those competitors, the 
Infiniti QX60 offers a hybrid model. It uses a supercharged, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor to generate a combined 250 hp. Fuel economy ratings are impressive for a vehicle this large, at 25/28/26 mpg, but the hybrid price premium is steep.

Interior
Every time one of my three monster kids spills something on our crusty old couch, I'm reminded of every parent’s favorite mantra: “This is why we can't have nice things.” An exception should be made for the 
Infiniti QX60’s cabin. Not only do its upscale appointments add a touch of luxury to life’s messy, everyday grind, it’s also roomy and loaded with features that make parenting a bit easier.


The cabin nails the premium vibe with its classy wood trim, tufted leather seats and thoughtful details, like contrast stitching and piping on the seats and surfaces. It all feels good, too; elbow touch-points are amply padded and the seats are comfortably bolstered. Standard heated front seats and optional creature comforts like a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, heated second-row seats and a two-panel moonroof that covers all three rows are big wins. The second row also features an optional dual-screen DVD entertainment system, though I question its usefulness — and longevity. It’s not Blu-ray compatible, and in the age of streaming videos and tablets, I doubt my kids know what a DVD is; I haven’t purchased one in years. I’ll take a pair of tablet holders instead.

With 41.7 inches of maximum legroom — several inches more than competitors — the second-row bench seat has ample room for two child-safety seats (see our Car Seat Check) and its flexibility is impressive. Both sides of the 60/40-split bench fold and slide forward, creating a large walkway to the third row. Also, the section behind the front passenger seat  can tip and slide forward with a forward-facing car seat installed. You’re out of luck if you have a rear-facing car seat or, in my case, a pair of them. The seat won’t tip or slide with one of those installed, making access to the third row tricky. I installed my first-grader’s booster in the third row and she had to awkwardly climb through the cargo area to reach it. Unfortunately, second-row captain’s chairs are not an option.

Legroom in the two-position third row is also generous; with 30.8 inches it bests the Q7 (29.2) and MDX (28.1) but isn’t quite as roomy as the Enclave (33.2). It also features a couple thoughtful amenities, like two USB ports and four cupholders. More important, it’s also safe to install a forward-facing car seat back there thanks to the 
Infiniti QX60’s single third-row top-tether anchor; automakers are not required to include lower Latch or top-tether anchors in the third row.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Although some editors called the 
Infiniti QX60’s multimedia system graphics dated (they are), looks aren’t everything. The bottom line is that the system is easy to use. The standard 7-inch screen (an 8-inch unit with navigation is optional) can be operated via touch or a combination of physical buttons and a rotary knob below the screen. I prefer to use the touch-screen; it’s responsive, and the system’s straightforward menu structure and visible “back” button make it easy to use. I especially appreciated the “status” button that brings you back to a summary screen displaying music and climate control settings.


That’s not to say the system couldn’t use an update, however. The tuning and volume knobs are set awkwardly low, and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems are not available. One other electronic miss: There’s only one USB port for the first two rows. That’s especially stingy given there are two in the third row. There is, however, a 120-volt outlet in the second row.
Cargo & Storage
There are plenty of small cubbies throughout the cabin, including a roomy center console and two-tier map pockets in the second row — great for stashing books or tablets … or, yes, even DVDs.

Behind the third row, there’s 15.8 cubic feet of space, matching the MDX and besting the Q7. It’s enough for a grocery run’s worth of bags or a bulky double stroller, but the Enclave offers much more with 23.3 cubic feet.

Folding the seats down for more room is easy, however, and getting them back up is even simpler if you add an optional power return feature that motors the third row upright with the push of a button, eliminating the awkward climb to grab a tether and yank the seat back up. With the third row down, the QX60 has 40.8 cubic feet of cargo space, again well shy of the Enclave’s 68.9.
Safety
The 2016 
Infiniti QX60 earned the highest possible score in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashworthiness and crash-avoidance testing, and five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


A backup camera is standard; optional features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and prevention, and an around-view camera system. Infiniti also said it’s updated its optional pre-crash collision warning system with automatic emergency braking; it works in forward and reverse and also detects pedestrians. These systems are bundled into pricey option packages, but as a mom who routinely parks near playing children, the assistance of the auto-brake features brings priceless peace of mind.

Also available is the Infiniti Connection emergency communication system. It includes safety features like roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, an emergency call button, stolen vehicle reporting, alarm notification, and remote door lock and unlock. The system also allows you to set geo-fences, curfew limits for driving time and speed limit alerts to help parents keep tabs on new teen drivers.

Click here for a full list of safety features.
Value in Its Class
The 
Infiniti QX60 starts at $43,595 for a base, front-wheel-drive model; add about $2,000 for AWD (all prices include destination). That’s a few hundred dollars cheaper than AWD versions of the similar body-type Enclave and MDX and considerably less expensive than the AWD-only Q7 ($55,750).


Price isn’t always a factor for luxury car shoppers, but if it is, you’ll find that the 
Infiniti QX60 delivers portions of the luxury SUV experience for a competitive price.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car yet.

by Naureen from Brooklyn, NY on August 18, 2018

This car is perfect for my family and I. Looks great and drives great. Smooth ride, comfy seats. Love all the features to the car as well. Would definitely recommend this car to family and friends. Read full review

(5.0)

So fun to drive

by ArsenalGooner on August 15, 2018

This car was a great car to travel in and the kids loved it! They always asked to take the Infiniti and were upset when we did not. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 INFINITI QX60 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 INFINITI QX60 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by INFINITI

Program Benefits

Free Carfax report and 3 Year CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, first year basic maintenance, SiriusXM 3-Month trial, Infiniti Elite Extended Protection Plan available, 24-hour roadside assistance, lockout assistance, repair at authorized Infiniti dealerships or facilities and Infiniti courtesy vehicle.

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / Unlimited mileage warranty

    Vehicles < 15K miles: 6 Yr./75K mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles: 6 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles and outside new vehicle warranty: 2 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from CPO sale date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point vehicle inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The QX60 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

B

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker