2017 Infiniti QX60 offers true all-season performance
Infiniti gives the QX60 the ability to modulate its engine power and torque delivery, plus the ability to selectively apply a little brake pressure to any wheel that starts slipping. When you select Snow mode, the QX60 knows to keep an extra close watch on traction, and it works.
It's no wonder why we Portlanders love our all-wheel-drive vehicles. Just look outside and you can see the reason — the snow is a foot thick on the ground as I write. For most of us, AWD is an essential part of a crossover SUV — but is it really necessary? Perhaps not.
This week I've been driving the 2017 Infiniti QX60. This luxury crossover SUV has a mid-size cabin that seats up to 7 passengers in three rows. It's got a tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 engine, and a continuously variable transmission with driving modes like Eco, Sport, Normal, and Snow. I was happy to be driving this SUV when the white stuff started falling, because Snow mode really works — away we went into the blizzard.
But when I got back from my snow drive, I looked at the window sticker for the QX60 and I was surprised to see that the SUV I'd been blithely driving around is a front-wheel-drive model. You can get Infiniti's Intelligent AWD on the QX60, of course, but this one didn't have it. Yet there it was, driving through the snow without a care in the world. What's up with that?
What's up is the suite of traction and stability controls that almost all new cars come with as standard equipment. Infiniti gives the QX60 the ability to modulate its engine power and torque delivery, plus the ability to selectively apply a little brake pressure to any wheel that starts slipping. When you select Snow mode, the QX60 knows to keep an extra close watch on traction, and it works.
The QX60 as I tested it was riding on all-season radials. If it was my personal car, I'd invest in a good set of studless winter tires, just to do my part for safety and capability.
The rest of the vehicle is as nice as you expect from Infiniti. This one has the optional Theater Package for $2,150, which puts a pair of 8-inch monitors behind the front seats, plus some headphones to give the driver some peace. You can play a DVD, or use a USB or HDMI input for games or movies. There's 12V and 120V power as well.
The QX60 also came with a couple of premium packages and a technology package, which gave me a heated steering wheel and heated seats in the first two rows — well appreciated at this time of year. This SUV also had every possible safety feature, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure, surround-view monitor, front and rear sonar, and adaptive cruise control.
The bottom line on the 2017 Infiniti QX60 is this: if you had one, the recent snowstorms would have been no problem for you. Enough said.
2017 Infiniti QX60
Base price: $44,095
Price as tested: $58,245
Type: Luxury midsize SUV
Engine: 3.5-liter V6 (295 hp, 270 lbs-ft)
Transmission: Continuously Variable
EPA estimated mileage: 20/27
Road noise: Quiet
Curb weight: 4,462 pounds
Final assembly: Smyrna, Tennessee