Review: Infiniti’s QX60 returns after a brief hiatus

We've been impressed with the Nissan and Infiniti models we've driven lately, and the redesigned 2022 QX60 is no exception. It's a quiet, powerful, sweet-handling luxury SUV that comes in at a fairly modest $46,850.

Not for the first time, Nissan and its premium brand, Infiniti, have taken a chance with one of their signature models. Infiniti put the QX60 on hiatus for a year in 2021 before bringing out a new version. When a popular model disappears for 12 months, the driving public may forget about it, making it harder to restore its luster in the market. It's unlikely aficionados of midsize luxury SUVs will soon forget about the QX60, however.

Infiniti's lineup now includes a compact crossover, the QX50; the QX55, which Infiniti calls a "crossover coupe;" the midsize QX60 SUV; and the full-sized QX80. The QX60 is the luxury version of the Nissan Pathfinder.

Competitors in this sector are intense, with many fine Japanese, European, Korean and American models in the fray. Among the automakers that put their best foot forward in the luxury-SUV sector are Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, Genesis, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo. 

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2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph


Price: $64,970

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 295 horsepower, 270 lb.-ft. torque

Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic

Suspension: MacPherson strut front, multi-link rear

Ground clearance: 6.7 in.

Curb weight: 4,655 lb.

Wheels: 20x8-in. painted alloy

Tires: P255/50R20, all-season

Seating capacity: 6

Luggage capacity: 14.5 cu. ft.

Maximum cargo capacity: 75.4 cu. ft.

Towing capacity: 6,000 lb.

Fuel capacity: 19.5 gal.

Fuel economy: 20 mpg city, 25 highway

Fuel type: premium unleaded gasoline (recommended) 

The QX60 is a six-seat SUV with a long list of luxury features. Our test car, in top-of-the-line Autograph trim, had a sticker price of $64,970 with only one option — its Moonbow Blue paint job with black roof, for $695. Among its plentiful luxury and performance features are a 295-horsepower V-6 engine, all-wheel drive, quilted leather upholstery, panoramic moonroof, motion-activated power rear liftgate, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and power, heated, ventilated and massaging front seats. The infotainment system includes satellite radio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and WiFi hotspot. The QX60 has a full suite of electronic safety features and hazard-detection technology.

Compared with compact and many midsize SUVs, the QX60 provides ample knee room for occupants of the second-row captain’s chairs, and adult passengers with a bit of dexterity can access the third row. The QX60 can accommodate six or seven passengers, depending on the second-row configuration.

Infiniti’s “zero-gravity” seats are as advertised, providing support and cushioning for the long haul. We had a few fairly long stretches in our QX60, traveling from Brookfield, Conn., to New Canaan and back, then running errands in the Danbury area, without a hint of discomfort for drivers and passengers.

Fuel economy was acceptable for a vehicle this large and powerful: about 24.4 mpg in mixed city and highway driving. A few years ago, Infiniti upped the QX60’s fuel economy by adding a gasoline-electric option, but that no longer is offered. The manufacturer recommends, but does not require, the use of premium unleaded gasoline.

The QX60 was rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the 2019 model year. Crash-test data on the new model are not available.

Steven Macoy ( is a longtime car enthusiast and full-time editor who lives in Brookfield, Conn.