2022 Infiniti QX60 Review

Jack R. Nerad, Independent Expert | Sep 08, 2021

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Midsize luxury SUVs continue to gain popularity as luxury buyers switch from sedans to crossovers in droves, and for eight years, the Infiniti QX60 has successfully cashed in on the trend. The mission of the redesigned 2022 Infiniti QX60, then, is to continue capitalizing on the hunger luxury buyers are demonstrating for SUVs by providing them serene comfort, ample passenger space, and up-to-date connectivity. 

The QX60 is entirely new for the 2022 model year. Only the standard V6 engine carries over from the 2021 model, but even so, it benefits from significant improvements. With a slightly larger footprint than the previous model, the new 2022 QX60 provides more interior space than before. In terms of configuration and technology, the Infiniti QX60 doesn’t break much new ground. Still, it does offer a tantalizing collection of luxury touches in a package that looks great inside and out. While the previous-edition QX60 was well-accepted, the new version outshines it in every area.

In a successful effort to keep things simple for its buyers, the 2022 Infiniti QX60 comes in just four trim levels — Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is the base configuration for all trims, and all-wheel-drive (AWD) is available across the lineup. In addition, Infiniti offers a relative handful of equipment packages that help buyers of mid-grade QX60s upgrade their vehicles. 

Unlike the mechanically similar 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, the Infiniti QX60 puts minimal emphasis on off-road performance. But, like the Pathfinder, it does offer serious towing capabilities. 

What Owners Say About the Infiniti QX60 - Find the best Infiniti deals!

2022 Infiniti QX60 Front Quarter View

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According to data collected from verified owners for the J.D Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, 53% of previous-generation Infiniti QX60 owners were male (vs. 57% for the Midsize Premium SUV segment), and the median age of a QX60 owner was 50 years (vs. 61).

Owners ranked the old QX60 in 10 primary areas of evaluation. Listed below in descending order, you’ll find their preferences from their most favorite thing about the vehicle to their least favorite thing:

  • Driving feel
  • Exterior styling
  • Feeling of safety
  • Powertrain
  • Driving comfort
  • Setting up and starting
  • Interior design
  • Getting in and out
  • Infotainment
  • Fuel economy

In the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study, the previous-generation QX60 ranked sixth out of seven Midsize Premium SUVs.

What Our Independent Expert Says About the 2022 Infiniti QX60 - Find the best Infiniti deals!

In the sections that follow, our independent expert provides an analysis of a 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph equipped with AWD. The price of the test vehicle came to $64,275, including the $1,025 destination charge.

Getting In and Getting Comfortable

2022 Infiniti QX60 Front Seats

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Some luxury SUVs try so hard to impress you with their exclusivity that they go over the top with fussy, overly complicated designs. While you can’t call the Infiniti QX60’s interior minimalist, it is well-tailored and features rich materials like leather and open-pore wood without going to ridiculous lengths. Chief designer Taisuke Nakamura describes it as “modern Japanese luxury,” which includes, almost paradoxically, “the mastery of empty space.”

The Autograph trim’s quilted leather dashtop sets the tone for the interior, recalling coach-built luxury cars of the Fifties and Sixties. The Zero Gravity front seats carry the theme forward. They are not only exceptionally comfortable with 8-way power adjustment and power-adjustable lumbar support, but they also look rich and contemporary. Your eyes tell you this is not the interior of a spaceship or some designer’s futuristic dream but instead a stylish and classy place to spend quality time. 

The 2022 QX60’s standard seating configuration is for seven passengers, while the top-of-the-line Autograph model is a 6-passenger vehicle. In the Autograph, the driver and front passenger ride in massaging, heated, and ventilated seats. Two more ride in second-row captain’s chairs that are nearly as comfortable. And two more sit on a split-folding third-row bench seat. 

While the front two rows are the prime seats, the rear bench provides reasonable room. The second-row seats also slide and tilt forward to allow easier access to the third row. And the slide-and-tilt feature works even when child safety seats are fastened into the second-row captain’s chairs. Triple-zone automatic climate control, standard across the lineup, helps keep things comfortable, and the standard panoramic sunroof brings in plenty of light.

2022 Infiniti QX60 InTouch Infotainment System Review

2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph Interior Dashboard

The 2022 QX60’s Infiniti InTouch infotainment system has a straightforward, easy-to-use interface. It includes a large 12.3-inch touchscreen and pairs with another 12.3-inch display that supplies the instrumentation and driver information center. If that’s not enough, much of the information in both of those screens is also available in the configurable 10.8-inch color head-up display. 

In the top-of-the-line 2022 QX60 Autograph, the infotainment system includes:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay (wireless and wired)
  • Android Auto (wired)
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link service
  • Infiniti InTouch connected services with Alexa capabilities
  • Navigation with real-time traffic information and 3D building graphics
  • Around-view monitor 360-degree camera

The large 12.3-inch display screen is positioned high in the center of the dashboard, making it easy to see at a glance from both the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. It can be used as a touchscreen or accessed via the console-mounted Infiniti InTouch rotary controller. In addition, the similarly legible 12.3-inch instrumentation display and the color head-up display make sure the information you want is there for you. 

While the Infiniti InTouch infotainment system is full of features, it is also easy to use. That’s a winning combination in an era when infotainment systems remain a significant source of consumer frustration. I tested the system’s ability to perform several tasks — music, news, navigation, phone calls — and the only thing it failed to do was make my sing-along voice sound better. But its high volume ability quickly drowns out poor-quality in-vehicle singers.

Infiniti conveniently locates a wireless smartphone charging pad at the front of the center console. It is standard with the Sensory and Autograph trim levels. These versions of the QX60 also get a 17-speaker Bose premium audio system that replaces the standard 9-speaker audio system. The Bose system is optional with Luxe trim, and the sound quality is excellent. The Infiniti InTouch-facilitated Wi-Fi hotspot is another plus. 

Overall, the QX60’s Infiniti InTouch infotainment system gets very high marks.

What It’s Like to Drive the 2022 Infiniti QX60

2022 Infiniti QX60 Side View

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Infiniti engineers seem proud of the 2022 QX60, and the driving experience justifies that pride. The vehicle strikes an intelligent balance between a soft and comfortable ride and precise, rewarding handling. 

In overall design, the suspension is unremarkable, using MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link suspension at the rear. But the tuning is spot-on. The QX60 performed well on twisty coastal roads and tracked true on the highway with no twitchiness. So while some 3-row SUVs lumber over their wheels and tires, the QX60 feels solid and stable. 

A 3.5-liter V6 engine provides ample motive power to the QX60. It is an engine that Infiniti’s parent Nissan has used a lot through the years, and a very similar engine graces the engine bay of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. Applied in the Infiniti QX60, it delivers 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, higher output levels than in the Pathfinder. Though not especially high-tech, the engine does an excellent job of providing smooth, quiet torque delivery in all driving situations.

The V6 teams with a conventional 9-speed automatic transmission, replacing the unloved continuously variable transmission used in the previous QX60. Steering wheel paddles allow the driver to select gears manually, and the power flows to either the front wheels or all four wheels. 

The QX60’s “intelligent” AWD system is available across the lineup. In most instances, the system sends all the driving torque to the front wheels. However, when it anticipates that four-wheel traction would be helpful, it can channel as much as half of the power to the rear axle. Additionally, the system includes a direct coupling that almost instantly engages to aid initial acceleration from a standstill.

Drivers can choose between five different modes, depending on the driving situation. There’s even a Sport mode. But though the QX60 handles well, it is not a vehicle that encourages enthusiastic driving. Instead, its behavior is sure and serene in almost any circumstance.

New electric power steering enabled engineers to work their magic on steering effort levels. Now, the new QX60 requires light steering effort in low-speed urban situations and then “tightens up” as speeds build. It doesn’t suffer from the vagueness that some electric power steering units have either. 

One thing Infiniti engineers spent a lot of effort on was interior quietness. In all instances, the new QX60 is quieter than its predecessor, including a 12% reduction in noise when accelerating. In addition, the new model features acoustic laminated front glass, 20% thicker second-row glass, and a 60% increase in sound absorption materials. So serenity is built-in.

Infiniti QX60 ProPilot Assist Review

2022 Infiniti QX60 ProPilot Assist Display

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Infiniti makes several advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) standard across the 2022 QX60 lineup. They include the following features:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic warning
  • Rear automatic emergency braking 
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Driver attention monitor

The following additional features are standard in Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph trims:

  • Blind-spot assistance
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Front parking assistance
  • Surround-view camera with moving object detection 

In addition to these driver-assistance technologies, the QX60 offers ProPilot Assist with Navigation Link. It combines lane-keeping assistance with adaptive cruise control to ease the driver’s workload in situations like highway cruising and urban stop-and-go traffic. The Navigation Link function uses cartographic information to inform the driving assistance system to slow down for exit ramps and intersections.

During test driving, the Infiniti driver-assist features functioned as expected. Typically, their operation only became noticeable by the slight vibration of the haptic steering wheel. Unlike some other systems, the QX60’s lane-keeping technology is not insistent about keeping the vehicle in the exact middle of the marked lane, a behavior that can be annoying. 

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2022 Infiniti QX60 Cargo Space

How much cargo space does the 2022 Infiniti QX60 have?

The 2022 QX60 has 14.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows of seating in use. The cargo space grows to 41.6 cubic feet with the third-row seat folded down and 75.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. In addition to the standard cargo area, there is a concealed 1.9 cubic foot storage area below the rear cargo area floor. 

Does the 2022 Infiniti QX60 get good gas mileage?

Front-drive versions of the 2022 Infiniti QX60 are EPA-rated to achieve 23 miles per gallon in combined driving. With all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy figure drops one mile per gallon in the combined driving cycle. 

On our testing day, our observed fuel economy using Infiniti’s instrumentation was 22 mpg, exactly matching the EPA rating. Based on this result, the QX60’s 18.5-gallon fuel tank provides a driving range of just over 400 miles on a tankful of fuel.

Is the 2022 Infiniti QX60 safe?

Because the 2022 Infiniti QX60 is so new, at this writing, it has not been safety rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

How much is the 2022 Infiniti QX60?

Various grades of the 2022 Infiniti QX60 are priced as follows:

  • Infiniti QX60 Pure: $46,850
  • Infiniti QX60 Luxe: $52,900
  • Infiniti QX60 Sensory: $56,350
  • Infiniti QX60 Autograph: $60,350

Adding AWD typically adds $2,000 to the suggested retail price except in the Autograph. On that trim, AWD is an additional $2,900. These prices don’t include the destination charge, which Infiniti has set at $1,025.

What are the 2022 Infiniti QX60 competitors?

In the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), the Lexus RX ranked highest in the Midsize Premium SUV segment.

In the J.D. Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study (APEAL), the Land Rover Range Rover Velar ranked highest in the Midsize Premium SUV segment. The Cadillac XT5 and the Lincoln Nautilus were the next highest-ranked models.

Another competitor to the 2022 QX60 is the Acura MDX, which is also redesigned for 2022.

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2022 Infiniti QX60 Rear Quarter View

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The previous-generation QX60 lagged most of its competitors in the most recent APEAL study, but the new version is a significant improvement in virtually all areas making it a solid compilation of the state-of-the-art in luxury 3-row SUVs.

This is especially true in Autograph trim. With its distinctive black roof, the new QX60 Autograph looks great, has a luxurious interior, is filled with creature comforts, and offers excellent ride and handling qualities. The infotainment and ADAS technologies are impressive, too. 

Perhaps more importantly, the new Infiniti QX60 is distinctly different from the Nissan Pathfinder with which it shares so much. 

Jack R. Nerad has been road testing and writing about vehicles for decades for Web and print publications including JDPower.com and others. He hosts a weekly radio program called America on the Road on the SportsMap Radio Network, and his work has appeared in scores of prestigious newspapers, magazines, and online publications.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2021 J.D. Power

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