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First Reviews 2022 Infiniti QX60 First Drive Review: Much Better

2022 Infiniti QX60 First Drive Review: Much Better

  • Our first review with the 2022 Infiniti QX60

  • It is the best-selling model from the Infiniti lineup with 35 % of sales in Canada.

  • Pricing starts at $54,995


Picton, ON – This one has been on the road for quite some time now. The Infiniti JX35 was first introduced in 2012 as a ’13 model, and it’s only now that we’re finally seeing this second generation model. The good news is that this 2022 model isn’t just a routine refresh : it is a small revolution… for the 3-row model though, not the segment which attracts families not willing to drive a minivan on a daily basis. These 3-row people carriers are popular nowadays, but let’s not forget that as dull as they can be, modern minivans are still the best options for interior volume and practicality.

Anyhow, let’s get back to this QX60 2.0 if you don’t mind, because the second biggest crossover from Infiniti is crucial for the brand, since OEMs are currently financing their electrified future with their best-sellers. And this one is a hot product!

A toned-down design

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

The least we can say is that the new look is an improvement over the previous design, with clean lines that are likely to age better over the years. Up front, for example, the slimmed-down headlight clusters seem to be better integrated into that imposing grill, while those openings on either side of the grille add a bit of sportiness to the front-end. Like the Nissan Pathfinder, the windows sit on a horizontal beltline and end with a “floating roof” impression near the D-pillar.

The 20-inch wheels of this Sensory version – a little less expensive than the Autograph trim – also fill out the wheel arches very well, which are more muscular with this black plastic cladding paired with the rocker panels. The rear end also gets a new design, especially for the running lights, which are joined in the middle by this continuous strip. As has been the case for some time, the letters I-N-F-I-N-I-T-I take up a lot of space in the center of the tailgate. Sadly, the fake mufflers from the prototype unveiled last year have remained in place, which means that the real mufflers are hidden under the bodywork.

Overall, this new generation of the QX60 looks much better.

One V6, nine gears and four wheel-drive

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

Under the hood, the Infiniti engineers kept the familiar normally aspirated V6 engine, but abandoned the old CVT unit. Yes folks, the new QX60 receives the same 9-speed automatic transmission introduced earlier this summer in the Pathfinder, a non-identical twin of the QX60.

The 3.5-liter engine delivers 295 horsepower and 270 ft-lb of torque and works well with this new automatic transmission. On top of that, the AWD system is standard on all models. As it’s the case with many vehicles nowadays, it’s possible to select a different driving mode for the occasion. In this application, the QX60 proposes four modes : Normal, Eco, Sport and Personal. Sadly, they don’t change the driving characteristics very much.

More fun to drive?

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

Infiniti is not trying to market the new QX60 as a driving machine. The QX60’s primary mission is to transport its occupants in comfort, period. And yet, this generation change has proven to be beneficial for the crossover. The old version had a lot of body roll in the bends and driving pleasure was not its greatest strength with the continuously variable transmission that made the V6 every time the right foot was forced into the vehicle’s floor.

With this nine-speed automatic unit, the QX60 is now more convincing when you step on the gas. The sound of the 3.5-liter V6 is even pleasant, and even though the steering is now electric (the old one was hydraulic), it’s easier to drive the vehicle energetically.

The Canadian EnerGuide reports an average of 11.9 L/100 km in the city, 9.5 L/100 km on the highway and a combined average of 10.8 L/100 km. This is an improvement in the city, but the previous generation of the vehicle was slower on the highway. For this first contact, leaving the vehicle running for a few minutes while I took my photos certainly hurt the end result, but when I handed over the keys after that day’s driving, the dashboard was reading 10.9 L/100 km, which is excellent, as I used the Sport mode a few times during the day.

Inside, it’s also more welcoming

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

The first thing you notice when you step inside is this new dash, the latter being much more beautiful to look at… in my humble opinion at least!

The QX60 is the first vehicle of the brand to get a digital screen behind the wheel. Only the base model keeps its analog dials. The screen is similar to the one introduced in the Pathfinder earlier this summer. The latter is as large as the touch screen, which stretches to 12.3 inches. It’s also possible to navigate through the menus with this dial wheel (located between the front occupants) and a few buttons installed on the center console, but personally, I prefer to use my fingers directly on the touch screen. The head-up display is also a blessing.

As for those haptic buttons nested under the central ventilation nozzles, they are quite efficient to use. There is enough space between the functions (the tactile buttons if you prefer) and the vibration felt when pressing the surface is intuitive. You also get to use traditional buttons here and there.

The new QX60 retains its roomy cabin, but don’t’ expect any major gains in terms of interior volume. In fact, it even loses a few liters in the cargo area, nothing to write about, but still, it’s worth mentioning. Indeed, after checking, the trunk space when the third bench is up is 411 L + 54 L under the floor versus 450 L + almost 21 L under the floor of the old model. Behind the second-row seats, when the third-row is folded, we’re talking about 1,178 L compared to 1,138 L in the 2020 model and 2,135 L compared to 2,146 L before. Like I said, nothing to write about!

Ironically, despite these fewer liters, space is better in the third row if the second row passengers are willing to move forward a bit. As for the first row, the space is excellent, so is the comfort of those zero gravity seats. Plus, these are even equipped with a massage function, since we tested a Sensory version, the second highest in the lineup.

Safety features are mandatory these days, especially since we’re talking about a family vehicle here. As is often the case, the entry-level model (Pure) doesn’t get all the bells and whistles, but at least, it gets automatic rear braking and blind spot warning, among others. It’s on the second level that the safety aspect is greatly improved with the ProPILOT system with Navi-Link, which comes with steering assist, speed limit assist, road speed assist and intelligent cruise control.

Also included are lane keeping assist, blind spot collision avoidance intervention, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert and 360-degree monitor with moving object detection.

Pricing

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

In Canada, the QX60 is available from $54,995, and jumps at $59,495 $ in the Luxe trim. The very well-equipped Sensory model is priced at $64,995, while the Autograph is the most expensive at $67,995.

Meanwhile, in the US where the 2022 QX60 is offered in FWD or AWD versions, the same amount of trim levels remains, but with two options with every badge. In fact, the AWD is priced $2,000 higher than the FWD version. The Pure trim starts at $46,850, while the AWD Pure is $48,850. The FWD QX60 Luxe is priced at $52,900, and the AWD Luxe is sat $54,900. The FWD Sensory trim is priced at $54,900 and the AWD is at $56,350. Finally, the FWD Autograph is priced at $60,350, while the AWD version gets a slight price bump at $63,250.

The automaker needed to work on its more popular option, and I have to admit that it’s not a moment too soon. With the revised powertrain, a nicer design and an updated interior, there’s no doubt that sales of this other three-row crossover will pick up again… as long as they’re not hit by another semiconductor crisis!

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

2022 Infiniti QX60 | Photo: Vincent Aube

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