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Steve Wonders If The QX60 Will Be What Infiniti Needs To Renew Itself

Once a rival to Lexus, Infiniti has been mired in old product and meandering business plans for years.  The recently introduced QX50 didn’t set the world on fire as they had hoped so this new QX60 better click and it will.
This is a solid evolution of what made the 1st one so popular; now smarter, more premium and better packaged for greater convenience.   A base, front-drive QX60 Pure is priced at just under $48,000 and leases for $671 per month but we don’t do much base around here so my tester is an all-wheel drive QX60 Autograph; a metaphor referencing its personalized style.  And this is a beautiful reimagining of the body with a judicious use of chrome and this gorgeous Moonbow Blue paint.
It’s less curvy and more muscular now with a pronounced front-end design proclaiming affluence.  The footprint is nearly identical to before but this one is wider with a little more ground clearance though inside the 2nd and 3rd-row legroom has decreased while cargo volume behind the 3rd row has increased by 2 cubic feet.  There’s also a nifty underfloor storage box back here and of course, the tailgate can be foot activated.
The 3rd-row seats don’t power fold but they do get a power assist when raising them. And in general the configurable seat action is a QX60 strong suit.  To access the 3rd row, just press this button at the base of the seat and the rest of the movement is done for you.
And because the 2nd-row captain’s chairs slide and recline and the 3rd-row seats also recline, as long as everyone is courteous there’s enough room for 6 in here without any whining from the kids.  And when it’s time to get out, there’s another one-touch button for that.
So very family-friendly though other than a couple of mixed-type USB ports there are no entertainment features or screens back here…not even as an option.
Extremely limited in availability, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 can be ordered in Pure, Luxe, Sensory and Autograph trims in either front- or all-wheel drive with up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity including trailer sway control and a transmission oil cooler.
I’m not sure it’ll be the savior the brand needs but it’s certainly the best SUV Infiniti offers and will no doubt resume its reign as their sales leader.

For TestDriveNow car critic Steve Hammes’ complete video review & test drive of the 2022 Infiniti QX60 go HERE


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