Sunday, September 18, 2022



The big brother of the popular QX50 and newer QX55, the Infiniti QX60 is back for 2022 after sitting out a year for a redesign that moved it into its second generation.

It is a tad shorter but a bit taller and sleeker than its predecessor with a high-class, roomy, and quiet cabin packed with fairly intuitive tech features. Elegant describes the stylish interior.

Coming with standard front-wheel
or available all-wheel drive, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 comes in four trim levels with the new Sensory and Autograph joining Pure and Luxe models this year. This review is based on the top-of-the-line Autograph.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is an SUV that offers three rows of seating that accommodates seven passengers in all but the Autograph edition, which, with its second-row captain’s chairs, is limited seating to six.

The drivetrain is the same on all trims, a 3.5-liter V6 mated — thankfully — to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine is scored at 295 horsepower at 6400 rpm and torque at 270 pound-feet at 4800. The 9-speed replaces the CVT (continuously variable transmission) in the previous generation and adds to the driving experience.

EPA numbers are 21 miles-per-gallon city, 26 highway, and 23 combined with FWD with AWD clipping off just one mile from each. Premium fuel is recommended.

The drive is not overly sporty and aggressive, but is far from sluggish. Four drive modes — Sport, Standard, Eco, and Snow — are available, and you can determine your own settings via Personal mode.

All QX60s get LED headlights, daytime running lights, and tail lamps. Other common standard features include a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate , 8-way power front seats with the driver getting 4-way lumbar support, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 13-inch touchscreen for operation of Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a WiFi hotspot also are standard throughout the lineup.

Standard features on the 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph build on those from other trims and add other systems that may be offered as options on other models.

The list includes a 10.8-inch head up display, adaptive headlights, upgraded premium leather seats (though the third row still gets leatherette upholstery), a motion-activated liftgate, black roof rails in place of silver, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a tri-zone climate control system that includes filtration, adaptable cruise control, and Infiniti’s ProPILOT Assist with navigation. 

The Bose premium sound system features 17 speakers and is one of the standard features picked up from the Sensory trim.

Safety systems include lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot warning, an around-view monitor, rear automatic breaking, and forward collision warning. Try to drive without your seatbelt fastened and you won’t get very far. Eventually, it locks your gear selector in place until you fasten your belt, which can be disconcerting if you simply are moving it from your garage to the driveway.

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti QX60 starts in the mid-$40,000 range for the base Pure trim, but the Autograph demands a good chunk more at a starting MSRP of S$63,250.

My test 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph with AWD topped out at $65,545 when the Lighting Package (welcome lighting and illuminated cargo scuff plate),  premium paint (“warm titanium” with a black top), and $1,025 destination and delivery charges were added.

What I liked about the 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph:
The exterior with its black roof and black roof rails is very distinctive, and the spacious interior is very stylish and quite roomy. The Autograph trim offers a lot of standard features, including ventilated massaging front seats and an improved ProPilot Assist system for semi-autonomous driving. A 9-speed automatic transmission is a welcome change from the CVT of earlier models. At 14.5 cubic feet, cargo space behind the third row is adequate for most shopping trips without having to fold the third-row seats. That is easy to do but why bother if you don’t have to?

What I didn’t like about the 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph: It’s not overly complicated, but there are some fussy bits to deal when operating the infotainment system. The most annoying is the force you have to use when poking one of the buttons to make an adjustment for the radio and other functions.

Would I buy the 2022 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph? I’m not in the market for a 3-row SUV (though they do come in handy sometimes), but if I were I would have this one high on my list. I find it is a classy but very underrated vehicle.

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