The safety features of this vehicle are incredible and I think most people would feel very safe driving it…

The 2014 Infiniti QX60 is a luxurious sport utility vehicle that puts safety above everything else.

Looks

The QX60 is a very attractive vehicle to these eyes; it has distinctive Infiniti looks. The projector style headlights flow with the body lines and the fog lights look like they belong instead of an afterthought. The side body lines almost give the appearance of waves moving up the vehicle. LED rear brake lights and center high mounted stoplight sit atop the rear power lift-gate. Chrome accents around the windows give it a sense of elegance.

In The Cab

The cabin seemed large to me at first, but after climbing in and getting comfortable it is really not that big.

If you are a… now how can I put this delicately?

If you are an amply proportioned person really spend some time trying out all of the seat positions.

Once in the driver’s seat I found the controls well positioned and easy to operate. I liked the navigation screen with 3D mapping, the monitor offers a bird’s eye view of the vehicle and detects moving objects thus providing more help in backing up in a tight parking lot.

It features an 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, 6 way power front passenger’s seat, 60/40 split folding and sliding second row bench seat that allows easy entry/exit even with a child seat installed, 50/50 split folding third row seat that reclines. The audio system is a 6 speaker, AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability and has a speed sensitive volume control. The AWD model receives a Bose 13 speaker premium system.

Safety First

The QX60 includes dual stage front airbags with seatbelt and occupant sensors, driver and front passenger side impact supplement airbags, roof mounted curtain side impact airbags with rollover sensor for all row outboard occupant head protection. Infiniti recognizes how important it is to have children secure in their vehicles. They have developed a latch system that securely anchors a compatible child seat. Intelligent brake assist system is a safety feature that continuously monitors and analyzes closing speeds to a vehicle ahead and provides warnings. If a collision is immanent, it will also apply the brakes. There is also a lane departure warning and prevention system.

Power

A 3.5 litre, 24 valve V6 engine with 265 horsepower and 248 foot pounds of torque power this vehicle. The transmission is an electronically continuously variable (CVT) with manual shift capabilities.

Pump frequency:

10.5/7.6 L/100km (city/highway)

10.9/7.8 L/100km (city/highway) AWD Model

Warranty support:

48 month/ 100,000 km

Roadworthy:

Excellent handling to this vehicle, steering was quick and responsive, and body roll was at a minimum. Even though the engine was more than adequate providing plenty of power, the CVT transmission was continuing to make adjustments and I found at times sudden bursts of power followed by a hard up shift. Defiantly not something I expected with this type of luxury.

Verdict…

I was excited to drive this vehicle but disappointed by the size of the interior space and performance. The safety features of this vehicle are incredible and I think most people would feel very safe driving it.

Sticker price:

QX60 3.5  $43,000

QX60 3.5 AWD $45,500

Price as tested $62,950

Contact: ian [dot] harwood [at] drivewaybc [dot] ca

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