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2017 INFINITI QX60 Introduction

The INFINITI QX60 is a front-wheel-drive luxury crossover that seats seven. Competitors include the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90, and Audi Q7.

The current-generation model was launched as a 2013 and was called the JX, then renamed QX60 for 2014 as part of an INFINITI nomenclature overhaul. Styling was freshened and suspension stiffened for model year 2016.

The 2017 INFINITI QX60 brings more power, and a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and streaming audio, although the infotainment system remains a weak point.

The 3.5-liter V6 in the 2017 QX60 makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, a significant increase from 2016. The aging engine now has high-tech direct injection. It’s mated to a continuously variable transmission that’s not great.

We find the INFINITI’s look and feel equal to the Acura but below the Volvo and Audi whose designs are more imaginative. All-wheel drive is available, as is a Hybrid model, but that’s a low-volume vehicle that most dealers don’t stock, and has to be ordered.

Inside, the QX60 is spacious and stylish. We think the interior looks too much like the much cheaper Nissan Pathfinder, whose platform it shares, but the interior trim is of a higher level. Its aura is upscale, but it doesn’t match the feel of a Mercedes-Benz or BMW, although those vehicles do cost more. And the QX60 doesn’t deliver the driving polish we think it should.

The QX60 earns the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, but that’s only if it’s equipped with the expensive packages that include all the safety systems such as automatic emergency braking. The 2017 QX60 is EPA rated at 21/27/23 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined. The QX60 Hybrid gets 26/28/26 mpg.

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