A Step Up: Infiniti’s Classy 2019 QX60

Known as Nissan’s more prestigious half, Infiniti has been competing with large luxury brands for years. The 2019 Infiniti QX60 is evidence of the brand’s attempt to bring class and style at a lower price, while still offering the same features found in higher-priced marques.

If it’s badge loyalty you’re after, Infiniti might not be your first choice. But take a moment to widen your field of view and you may find the brand has much more to offer, especially with the 2019 QX60.

Performance Specifications

Which of the following colors offered on the 2019 Infiniti QX60 is your favorite?

  • Hermosa Blue
  • Graphite Shadow
  • Majestic White
  • Black Obsidian
  • Liquid Platinum
  • Hagane Blue
  • Mocha Almond
  • Imperial Black
  • Deep Bordeaux

Infiniti offers the 2019 QX60 with only one engine: a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque mated to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT). Models are available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Entertainment and Safety Features

For those concerned with safety, carefully read these next few sentences. The 2019 Infiniti QX60 has been awarded a 5 out of 5 overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 QX60 similar marks, rating it “Good” in all categories except for the passenger-side small overlap front test, where it scored “Acceptable.”   

Infiniti makes it easy by presenting two available trim levels for the 2019 QX60: Pure and Luxe. Like many luxury brands, extra features can be added – for a price, of course. Infiniti starts the QX60’s pricing at $44,250.

Entry-level Pure models are really a step above what you’d normally find in non-luxury lineups. Standard features include a power moonroof and liftgate, keyless entry, heated front seats, push-button start, a triple-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Safety features found on all 2019 QX60s include “blind-spot monitoring, forward-emergency braking and predictive forward-collision warning.” The Pure model rides on 18-inch wheels and sports a number of USB ports throughout the vehicle. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

Those buyers who opt for the Luxe trim can add on a variety of optional packages, a privilege the Pure model does not have. For $48,500, customers will receive roof rails, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system. That’s the basis upon which you can add plenty of packages. The Essential, Theater, ProAssist, Sensory, ProActive, and Limited packages all vary in price from $1,000 to $5,000 and add on features such as an additional pair of 8-inch displays for those lucky enough to ride in the second row, illuminated kick panels, a 360-degree parking camera system, 20-inch wheels, and a number of exterior accents.

Infiniti also offers a feature called “Eco Pedal,” which “allows the pedal to push back against the driver if it detects unnecessary fuel use.” Lead-footed drivers may opt to forego this optional feature, though it might help increase fuel efficiency.    

Fuel Efficiency

Choosing between front-wheel and all-wheel drive in the 2019 Infiniti QX60 won’t be hard if you’re looking at fuel efficiency numbers.

Front-wheel drive models make an EPA-estimated 20 city and 27 highway miles-per-gallon (MPG), while all-wheel drive models dip a point both in-town and on the freeway.

How the 2019 Infiniti QX60 Stacks Up

Interestingly enough, the 2019 Infiniti QX60 won “a low cost of ownership award in the KBB [Kelley Blue Book] 2019 5-Year Cost-to-Own Awards.” Experts at KBB appreciated the low price point at which the QX60 sits, since imports of the same type and quality will cost you much more for similar features. The Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, along with Land Rover’s Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Discovery, may offer similar stylings and capabilities, but maintenance costs are definitely higher for these brands.  

U.S. News reviewers point out that while the 2019 Infiniti QX60 is priced low compared to other luxury rivals, “many of the QX60’s best features are optional even in the higher trim.” In fact, a “fully loaded” variant will likely cost you upwards of $65,000. At the same time, the 2019 QX60 was Winner of the 2019 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. Experts note it’s not necessarily the fastest off the line, but the QX60 does make “a great daily driver.”  

When it comes to luxury SUVs, deciding between a second-row and third-row variant can open up a lot of other options. If you’ve narrowed your selection down to a specific marque, check out both types of SUVs just for comparison. It may be that you’ll want to sacrifice a bit of seating area for that extra splash of plush.    

Pros

  • Luxury SUV at an affordable price
  • Tons of standard and additional features to choose from
  • CVT operates smoothly

Cons

  • No alternative engines to choose from
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay unavailable
  • Sub-par handling

You’ve read about it but now’s the time to go test drive it. Check out the 2019 Infiniti QX60 at your local Nissan dealership today. Whether you end up making a purchase or coming back to the drawing board, you may be surprised by what you find. Happy car hunting!  

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