The Infiniti QX60 3-Row SUV comes in two models for 2018 – the QX60 FWD and QX60 Intelligent AWD with six available equipment packages. The QX60 Hybrid is not carried over from 2017.
The 2018 QX60 is pretty much the same as prior year having undergone a major exterior refresh in 2016 with updating of safety and convenience technologies – followed in 2017 repowering the QX60 with a new and more powerful 3.5L V6 engine, adding Infiniti InTouch technology with 8-inch color vehicle information display and a Motion Activated Tailgate option.
We drove a 2017 QX60 FWD for a week in 2017 and based on our time behind the wheel, we were not surprised that U.S. News and World Report named it the ‘Best Luxury Three-Row SUV for Families’ and that it was also a finalist for ‘Best Luxury Three-Row SUV for the Money’ in their annual review.
As we start 2018, we are again, behind the wheel of the Infiniti QX60 – this time the 2018 QX60 AWD – and see no reason why it should not be a strong contender for those honors again.
For 2018, the Infiniti QX60 continues to deliver a luxury drive experience for active families needing (or wanting) three-row, seven passenger room with plenty of cargo capacity, the latest technology, convenience features and amenities throughout and powerful capability to get there and back safely every time.
Infiniti also added an additional important family safety feature (standard) for 2018 – the Rear Door Alert. On completing a journey and exiting the vehicle, the system will alert the driver if they have forgotten anything placed in the rear seat at the start of the trip. That, of course, means children and pets, but it can also apply to valuables and even groceries. Imagine finding a couple of gallons of ice cream melted on the seat when you come back out.
2018 QX60 AWD
Before addressing some of the driver convenience and family adventure centric features of the QX60, let’s look at some of the basics.
Our test 2018 QX60 AWD is powered by 3.5L direct injection V6 engine that produces a sturdy 295 horsepower with 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The sport-tuned electronically controlled CVT transmission with manual D-Step Logic transfers the power to the road – in our case through the Infiniti Intelligent AWD system. A Drive Mode Selector enables the driver to choose from STANDARD, SPORT, SNOW or ECO modes to automatically control throttle and transmission shift points in response to the conditions.
The QX60 weighs in at 4,526 pounds distributed 57/43 percent front to back. Fuel economy (AWD) is rated at 19/26 mpg city/highway and 22 mpg combined. With a 19.5-gallon tank, QX60 has a highway range of 429 miles.
Underneath – the standard wheels are 18-inch and the suspension is independent strut with stabilizer front and multi-link and stabilizer rear with Dual-Flow Path twin-tube shocks. Steering is power assisted vehicle speed-sensitive and Braking is 4-wheel ABS disc (12.6-inch front and 12.13-inch rear).
Ground clearance is 6.5-inches with a moderate step-in height of 18.2/18.7-inches front/rear. Headlights are automatic ON/OFF HID bi-function Xenon with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lights and LED taillights.
Of particular note is the 60/40 split-folding sliding second row bench seat with 5.5-inches of fore and aft travel for ease of third row access and a multi-mode feature which allows the movement without removing child seats. Third row is split 50/50 and both rows recline.
Cargo capacity behind 3rd row is 15.9 cubic feet, 40.9 with third row down and 75.8 with second row also down.
Family QX60 AWD
The MSRP for the base 2018 Infiniti QX60 AWD is $45,100. But to get it right, you need to add a few packages.
Premium Package ($1,800): Adds a Bose 13-speaker system audio system with speed sensitive volume control, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, heated steering wheel, Remote Engine Start and roof rails.
Premium Plus Package ($2,900): Includes Infiniti InTouch Navigation with voice recognition, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, front and rear sonar, illuminated kick plates and rain-sensing front windshield wipers.
Theater Package ($2,150): Equips the second row for multi-media playback and includes 8-inch monitors, wireless headphones, wireless remote control, 120V and 12V power outlets plus USB and HDMI ports.
Deluxe Technology Package ($7,300): Adds to the road prowess of the QX60 by upgrading to 20 x 7.5-inch, split 15-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires and adding Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range); Blind Spot Warning; Backup Collision Intervention; Distance Control Assist and Active Trace Control.
The audio is further upgraded to a Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding.
Included also is a 2nd and 3rd row moonroof with power sunshade; Advanced Climate Control System with auto-recirculation; Plasmacluster air purifier and Grape Polyphenol Filter; climate-controlled front seats; heated 2nd row seats (outboard only); 3rd row seat back power return and Motion Activated Liftgate.
Safety is further enhanced with the inclusion of Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention; Blind Spot Intervention; Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection; Predictive Forward Collision Warning; High Beam Assist; auto-dimming side mirrors and High Beam Assist.
Adding delivery, the very capable and properly equipped luxurious 2018 Infiniti QX60 AWD ‘family adventure’ SUV will set you back about $60,245.
Which, as recognized by U.S. News in 2017, makes the QX60 a best value for all you get with memories that will be – as they say – priceless.
But wait, there is more.
Towing and Camping in the QX60 AWD
Though not promoted in media materials, the QX60 Intelligent AWD has a tow capacity up to 5,000 pounds (Class III) when properly equipped with Infiniti available receiver, hitch and harness. This feature enhances family recreational and adventure opportunity by the ability to bring along a utility trailer loaded with trail bikes, utility vehicle(s), kayaks or other gear.
Further, In order to explore parks, mountain and seashores more closely, the QX60 AWD equipped family can take advantage of area campgrounds along the way and at the destination by bringing along a small camping trailer or a tent.
To that end, the tow capacity of the QX60 AWD will handle small camping trailers like the aluminum Airstream BASECAMP (17-ft.), Airstream SPORT 16RB or the all-new fiberglass (first-ever for Airstream) NEST that will be available later in 2018.