The Infiniti QX60 has been around since the 2013 model year, but the luxury automaker fully redesigned the 2022 version. A redesign can make some buyers uneasy. After all, it’s hard to know what to expect from a vehicle that gains or loses features. It’s always smart to wait for an expert opinion, which the professionals at Consumer Reports have been providing for years. CR’s verdict is finally in for the 2022 Infiniti QX60: It’s not that great, but it certainly isn’t terrible.
Here are four of Consumer Reports’ favorite things about the QX60 after an initial impression.
1. The 2022 Infiniti QX60 boasts fast, responsive acceleration
The Infiniti QX60 is one of the fastest vehicles in its segment, reaching 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. This luxury midsize SUV is surprisingly quick from a dead stop, to the point where Consumer Reports thinks this powertrain is too eager.
Its standard engine remains unchanged: It’s a V6 making 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. However, it pairs with a new nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the raucous continuously variable transmission on the 2020 model.
Consumer Reports testers say the new gearbox provides smoother shifting, and the QX60’s steering feels more accurate than before. The Infiniti QX60’s fuel economy has also improved. During CR’s real-world driving test, the all-wheel-drive model got 21 mpg combined city/highway.
However, testers warn that body roll becomes more apparent the harder you lean into a turn. Another area where the Infiniti QX60 struggles is braking distance. If you’re driving at 60 mph, it takes this SUV 150 feet to come to a stop on slippery roads.
2. The exterior and interior fit and finish impress Consumer Reports
The 2022 Infiniti QX60’s front end now features sharper headlights and slim, vertical vents to replace the chunky horizontal ones. The exterior also has more striking body lines in general, and the changes continue once you step inside the vehicle.
CR was pleased with the abundance of soft-touch surfaces and the intricate stitching throughout. Genuine wood trim, quilted leather seats, and a quilted padded dashboard come standard on the Autograph model. Every trim has basic leather upholstery with heated, power-adjustable front seats.
On higher trims, the seats can be ventilated and outfitted with massage functions. The center dual-screen is gone this year, replaced by a 12.3-inch touchscreen. And the interface is intuitive and comes with many handy features, including wireless Apple CarPlay.
However, Android users are still stuck with a tethered connection. CR also thinks the addition of the controller knob on the center console might cause some confusion.
3. The 2022 Infiniti QX60 provides incredible ride quality
Consumer Reports didn’t find any flaws in the 2022 Infiniti QX60’s suspension, so we assume it remains unchanged from 2020. Testers previously reported it absorbed most harsh road imperfections without disturbing any riders.
The QX60’s top-notch interior also adds to the SUV’s smooth-sailing experience. The seats have bolsters that don’t just provide long-term support: CR says they also keep riders secure around sharp turns. The bench seat in the second row rides comfortably high off the ground and provides plenty of legroom.
4. The 2022 Infiniti QX60 has a quiet cabin
Previously, the loud revving of the Infiniti QX60’s CVT ruined the SUV’s otherwise quiet cabin. With that gearbox gone, you’re left with relatively muted exterior noises. The V6 has more than enough power to shuttle the QX60 around, so it doesn’t make much noise either.
Overall, the 2022 Infiniti QX60’s redesign brought many welcome changes to a previously aged vehicle. The QX60 retains some flaws, such as an uncomfortable back seat and below-average reliability.
However, the 2022 QX60 still has plenty of strengths to compensate for its weaknesses, some of which CR didn’t cover. For example, with the second row folded down, you get almost 42 cubic feet of cargo space. It’s also one of the most competitively priced contenders, retailing for $47,850.