Infiniti recently loaned us a 2019 QX60 Luxe FWD full-size three-row SUV for road test in Central Texas.

The Infiniti QX60 is a premium people hauler with plenty of features, technology and luxury amenities to please the urban family around town and on the highway. 

What perplexed us was how Infiniti ‘packages’ the QX60. Marketed as a premium luxury full-size crossover SUV, its base MSRP price does not include a good share of the features that a buyer (like us) expects to be getting on a premium SUV from Infiniti. 

Referring to the QX60 literature, the buyer sees lots of pictures and reference to multiple luxury level features like its Dark Silver Wood accents, Semi-Aniline leather seating with Hour Glass Quilting and contrasting piping and 20-inch Dark Finish Alloy wheels. 

Reading the detail, these premium features (and more) are ‘available’ meaning packages and options – lots of them.

For the 2019 QX60 Luxe FWD there are fully five sets of available items packaged such that you will likely be buying all of them (plus a few stand-alone options) to get the QX60 Luxe you want.

That was the case with our test 2019 QX60 Luxe FWD.  It showed an MSRP of $45,800.  In order to include all of its luxury elements – Infiniti added the five packages plus options.  The supplemental cost was $19,135.  With delivery, the final cost was $65,930.

Frankly, we think many of the items in those packages should have been built into the MSRP for the Luxe. Only a select few – like the 20-inch Dark alloy wheels – should have been optional cost features.

From a buyer’s view, it seems like a simpler way to present – and sell – the product. 

Having ‘vented’ a bit on how Infiniti packages and prices, let’s take a look at the 2019 QX60.

 

Powertrain

A 3.5L Direct Injection V6 that produces 295 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a sport-tuned electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with D-Step Logic that mimics traditional transmission shifts.

The Front Wheel Drive (FWD) QX60 features Hill Start Assist and four Drive Mode Selections – Standard, Sport, Snow and Eco.  Standard is enough for most folks. We preferred Sport which (with the CVT) gave us a bit more ‘pop’ on acceleration.

Fuel economy is rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway and 22 mpg combined.  Running in Sport most of the week, we averaged right at 22 mpg.

Of Note: The CVT D-Step Logic integration with the V6 is very good.

 

Running Gear

The QX60 features independent-strut front and a multi-link rear suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers. It has a Vehicle Dynamic Control system that, when coupled with the available Active Trace Control system, monitors vehicle handling and adjusts throttle and braking responses to optimize control.  

Steering is Vehicle Speed Sensitive Power Assisted.  Braking is 4-wheel vented disc with Anti-lock Braking, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist.

Exterior

Some of the standard features included Intermittent Variable Windshield Wipers, Heated Power Folding Mirrors, Power Glass Moonroof w/Sunshade and Front Door Handle Courtesy Lights which were exceptional on dark nights.

 

Interior

The QX60 cabin features very comfortable spaces with nice appointments for seven passengers.

First and second rows have excellent head, leg and shoulder room.  The QX60 third row is challenging for full-size folks – offering only 35-inches of headroom and just under 30-inches of legroom. 

Leatherette surfaces are standard with 8-way power driver and 6-way power passenger front seat adjustment.  Second row seating is 60/40 split fold-down with easy-slide access to the 50/50 third-row fold down seating. 

Cargo space behind the third-row is small at just 15.9 cubic feet.  With third row down, it is 40.2 cubic feet.

Of Note: The standard Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control system is quick and cold.  A big plus in Central Texas.

 

Technology/Infotainment

QX60 uses the Infiniti InTouch system with an 8-inch Color Information Display. We found the combination of touch elements, knobs and switches easy to use.

Standard Audio on Luxe is a 13-speaker Bose Premium Audio featuring SiriusXM, Bluetooth Hands-Free and Audio Streaming, HD/AM/CD/DVD, Aux input ports and three USB charging ports.

Other features include Remote Keyless Entry and Push Button Start, three 12-volt power points and more.

Of Note: No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capability is offered.

 

Safety

Standard safety features included a Tire Pressure Monitoring system with inflation indicators, Rear View Monitor, Forward Emergency Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Blind Spot Warning.  A Rear Door Alert system is standard.  It monitors and alerts to rear seat occupancy when the driver is leaving the vehicle. 

 

 

2019 Infiniti QX60 Luxe FWD – Delivered Price

Our test 2019 Infiniti QX60 Luxe FWD came in their new Deep Bordeaux color with a Stone color interior – both options not included in the MSRP of $45,800. 

Including those, the other premium features and elements added to complete our QX60 Luxe FWD were:    

Exterior:  Motion Activated Power Liftgate, Welcome Lighting, Premium Bordeaux paint, Dark Chrome accents, dark premium painted roof rails and cross bars, Running Boards, Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers, Illuminated Kickplates and High Beam Assist plus Split 20-spoke Dark Finish 20-inch alloy wheels with Black center caps and mounted with 235/55R20 H-rated all-season tires.

Interior:  Premium Dark Silver Wood accents, Piano Black Meter Cluster finish, leather wrapped and stitched steering wheel and grab handles, Black headliners, sun visors and sun shades and unique contrast stitching on all other interior surfaces.

Stone color Semi-Aniline leather seating with Hour Glass Quilting (all three rows), perforation, contrast stitching and piping.  The console lid was also Stone color and quilted with contrast stitching.  

Front seats heated and ventilated with second-row seating heated. The third-row fold flat seating was powered and offered a recline feature – as did the second row.

The Moonroof was upgraded to Panoramic covering the Second and Third Row. An Advanced Climate Control w/Auto Recirculation, Plasmacluster Air Purifier and Grape Polyphenol Filter was added.

Driver Assistance:  Upgraded Full-Speed Range Intelligent Cruise Control, Back-up Collision Intervention, Distance Control Assist, front and rear sonar, Active Trace Control, Lane Departure Warning and Intervention and Blind Spot Intervention.

Technology:   Infiniti Wi-Fi, Infiniti InTouch Navigation with Lane Guidance and Voice Recognition, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link and an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

Infotainment: Upgraded Bose Cabin Surround 15-speaker audio system w/digital 5.1-channel decoding and second-row theater package with dual 8-inch Monitors, two Wireless Headphones, Wireless Remote Control, 120V and 12V Power Outlets, Rear Headphone Jacks, HDMI and audio/video capable USB ports.

 

Infiniti QX60 Lineup

The 2019 Infiniti QX60 comes in just two trim levels – Pure and Luxe.  Front-wheel drive is standard – AWD available. 

Model year 2020 QX60 SUV’s are now arriving at dealerships essentially unchanged from 2019.  

The 2020 Infiniti QX60 SUV pricing is slightly increased.   Base pricing for the Pure is FWD $44,350 and AWD $46,350 with the Luxe FWD $46,150 and AWD $48,150. 

Again, as in 2019, there are five mixed element packages and options available for buyers to configure a 2020 QX60 with the level of features, technology and amenities they want.

To equip your Infiniti QX60 SUV at the luxury level you want – expect the delivered price to be in the range of $60,000. 

Now that you know, you can build and price your own 2020 QX60 by going to:  https://www.infinitiusa.com/vehicles/crossovers/qx60.html.

 

KEY DATA

  • Make:           Infiniti
  • Model:          QX60
  • Trim:             LUXE
  • Class:            Three-Row Luxury SUV
  • MSRP:           $45,800 (2019 pricing)
  • As Tested:     $65,930
  • Engine:          5L Direct Injection V6
  • Horsepower:  295 @6,400 rpm
  • Torque:           270 ft.-lb. @4,800 rpm
  • Transmission:     CVT with D-Step Logic
  • Fuel Economy:    20/27 mpg City/Highway 22 mpg Combined
  • Drive Train:          Front-Wheel Drive w/Drive Modes (Eco, Standard, Sport, Snow)
  • Compare:             Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Lexus RX-L