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Front view of the 2022 INFINITI QX60

My flight from Tampa was delayed for a little over two hours. After I settled into my seat, we sat at the gate for another hour before departing. Now, balmy weather makes Florida a joy to visit over Christmas, but the situation at my destination was less ideal. Seattle simply isn't prepared for snow and freezing temperatures, and there had been plenty of both during my trip. 

So I was glad there was an all-wheel drive INFINITI QX60 waiting to help me navigate the Emerald City's slick, sloppy streets. After taking the 2021 model year off, the QX60 is back for 2022. The seven seater mid-size SUV is all new for the coming year, and with its updated sheet metal, powertrain, and interior, it's significantly different from some of its stablemates - including the QX55 I just reviewed. Fortunately, I found all the updates were for the better, and was happy to have the QX60 during a bout of historically harsh winter weather.

 

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2022 INFINITI QX60 Autograph AWD Exterior

Rear view of the 2022 INFINITI QX60

In recent years, the lines of most INFINITI product has been defined by curvaceous sculpting, particularly on the front facia and hindquarters. The aforementioned QX55 is a good example of this design language, as is the company's range-topping SUV, the Nissan Armada-based QX80. And for the record? I've long liked this styling, and particularly appreciated the way the designers employed it on the Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe.

When faced with a clean sheet of paper, however, the designers of the QX60 went in a slightly more reserved direction. To be clear, that's not to imply that the QX60 isn't interesting to look at, because it's a handsome vehicle which plays on the inherent appeal of a boxy SUV. But here, the swooping curves which characterized earlier efforts have been shaped into creases, and while it's still immediately recognizable as an INFINITI, this change gives it a sleek, distinctly modern appeal. 

In profile, there's a slight slope to the contrasting roof, which gives the QX60 a refined, athletic silhouette. Also, the use of chrome trim around the windows highlights some of the exterior's sharper elements, like the pointed extensions of the headlights and taillights. There's not a ton of chrome on display, but the window treatment makes for a cohesive bridge between the shining surround of the grille and the accent pieces under the rear liftgate. In the interest of full disclosure, my tester was finished in a pretty Deep Bordeaux red, but conditions in Seattle made it virtually impossible to get a picture where it wasn't covered in grime. So I used press shots of a silver model, which featured the same attractive 20-inch alloy wheels.

 

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2022 INFINITI QX60 Autograph AWD Interior

Interior of the 2022 INFINITI QX60

As different as the exterior of the QX60 is from some other new INFINITI vehicles, the interior presents an even more pronounced departure. 

Gone is the two-screen system which has long been a feature of INFINITI cabins. In its place is a single 12.3 touchscreen, which features a split-screen setup. Two thirds of the display is a typical home screen, while the last third can be configured to display everything from the time to a five-day weather forecast. The resolution was crisp, it responded to inputs quickly, and the 17-speaker Bose Performance system sounded great. Apple CarPlay works wirelessly, but you'll have to plug in to use Android Auto. Wisely, INFINITI decided to provide dedicated controls for the climate functions  - including the heated and cooled seats - just below the screen. There's also a large wireless charging pad mounted at the base of the dash, which is as convenient as it gets.         

The big story here is not how well the updated infotainment works, however, but how upscale the rest of the interior is. There's seemingly acres of quilted semi-aniline leather inside the cabin, and when I closed the door for the first time, I had the distinct impression that I'd been stowed inside a piece of high-end luggage. Just to be clear? That's a compliment. The defining feature of QX60's interior is the quilted pad of the dash, and it's a unique treatment that I can't remember seeing in another modern vehicle. Now, this is exactly the kind of design element that could have proved too busy, but I really dug it, and every passenger I carried during my time with the vehicle remarked on how cool it was. 

Other than the cramped third row seats, which is standard for the class, I had no issues with the cabin of the QX60. This is a roomy, comfortable, and well appointed cabin - with a serious visual wow factor.

 

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2022 INFINITI QX60 Autograph AWD Performance

Engine bay of the 2022 INFINITI QX60

The INFINITI QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. That's a respectable amount of poke, and it moves the big SUV down the road pretty well. When properly configured, the QX60 will tow up to 6,000 pounds. There's a pronounced difference in performance between the standard settings like Auto (think, Normal) or Eco, and Sport, which changes suspension settings, steering feel, and shift points to provide a more engaging driving dynamic. 

Performance-wise, I was most pleased with the fact that in place of a continuously variable transmission, INFINITI went with a conventional nine-speed automatic unit for the QX60. Now, in pursuit of smoothness and fuel economy, parent company Nissan has pushed hard for CVTs in recent years, with various degrees of success, as the technology can be tricky to dial in - especially on a luxury vehicle. That said, this nine-speed felt great, with buttery shifts and none of fluctuating RPMs which can sometimes mar the driving experience in a CVT-equipped machine. Along with the new styling and killer cabin, I interpreted the choice of gearbox as an indication that INFINITI has a new fire in its belly - and that fire is paying dividends.    

Of course, as I mentioned above, my week with QX60 was defined by some of the most extreme weather I've ever seen in the Emerald City. Because when it snows here, we generally get a day - maybe two - of winter wonderland, then the rain comes and washes everything away. But this year, it got cold and stayed cold. Plus, it kept snowing. 

The result was that many sidewalks and surface streets turned into sheets of ice, and since I'm not Kristi Yamaguchi, I was exceptionally careful, and navigated my frozen city with loads of caution. Because hey, all-wheel drive isn't a magic spell that keeps you on the road! That said, I was more than pleased with the way the INFINITI handled the sloppy stuff. In Snow mode, it made for a confidence-inspiring ride, and felt surefooted, even on streets that looked treacherous.

 

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2022 INFINITI QX60 Autograph AWD Safety

Gauge cluster of the 2022 INFINITI QX60

At this time, the INFINITI QX60 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That is not uncommon for a new luxury model in this class.  

That said, the QX60 comes with a robust list of safety tech, including Forward Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection,  Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Around View Monitor w/ Moving Object Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

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2022 INFINITI QX60 Autograph AWD Overall

Side view of the 2022 INFINITI QX60

As far as offerings in the class go, the INFINITI QX60 had already been a good option. But the changes to the newest generation make it a great choice. So if you're in the market for a midsize SUV with luxury, style, and chops to slog through a sloppy commute? Put this INFINITI on your list.  

The MSRP for my tester was $63,250, and since the Autobiography trim already comes with loads of luxury features, the only option included was the $900 premium paint. That brought the final as-tested price to $65,175, including destination.

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John Coyle | January 4, 2022

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer Specs

Layout

4-door, 7-passenger, AWD

Powertrain

3.5L V6
295 hp, 270 lb-ft
Nine-speed auto

Mileage

20/25
(city/hwy)

NHTSA Rating

N/A


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