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Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

| | | March 26, 2023

Words and Images by Paul Strauss

We recently drove the Nissan Pathfinder. Now, we’ve spent some time getting to know its fancier cousin, the Infiniti QX60. The luxury SUV retains the Pathfinder’s versatility while upgrading its materials and creature comforts. It features a luxurious and quiet cabin, a confident and refined ride, and lots of modern tech.

Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

The QX60's exterior design has a smooth, curvy, and understated style that's distinctly Infiniti. It's offered in four trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and the top-of-the-line Autograph. We drove the well-equipped Sensory model, which rolls on 20-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels with a charcoal metallic finish. Its chrome lower body trim complements the shiny roof rails and metal accents surrounding the grille and windows for a cohesive look.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD


Behind its wide-mouthed grille, the QX60 packs a 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V6 engine that produces a substantial 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. That's the same as the Pathfinder Rock Creek, but a slight bump over the other models. Gone is the CVT of the previous generation, replaced by a more satisfying and engaging 9-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration and passing power are good, if not particularly sporty. Its suspension offers driving comfort even on bumpy and potholed roads, and its electric power steering feels responsive for a vehicle of its size. For those with towing aspirations, the QX60 Sensory can also be equipped with a towing package with a 6,000-pound capacity.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

The QX60 sets itself apart in its interior, with premium stitched leather on the seats and throughout the cabin. It looks great in saddle brown, contrasted with open-pore black wood trim across the top of the dashboard and on the doors. There's a sophisticated and calming feel to the space. The cabin is also extremely well insulated from road and wind noise, making conversations easy, and letting you enjoy the clean and crisp sounds of the 17-speaker Bose audio system. Dual 12.3-inch displays keep the instrument panel and multimedia screens looking clean and uncluttered. Safety and convenience tech includes features like blind spot warning, front collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. There's also a crisp, digital rearview mirror that provides a wide-angle view of the road without obstructions from passengers or cargo.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD


One of the standout features of the QX60's interior is the comfortable front seats. The seats are designed to provide excellent back support and ample side bolstering, making them ideal for long journeys. They're also heated and cooled for comfort. Those who opt for the Sensory and Autograph models get a massage feature with three different modes and adjustable intensity and speed settings. The floating center console enjoys the same rich leather treatment as the seats, dash, and doors, providing a bonus storage space underneath. Infiniti also did a good job balancing touchscreen and tactile inputs for its multimedia and drive controls.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

Second-row passengers enjoy good legroom, headroom, and a spacious feel thanks to the panoramic glass moonroof. There are independent climate controls and heat for the left and right seats. So if you're sitting in the middle of the second row, you'll have to borrow warmth from your seatmates. Another thoughtful feature that passengers in all three rows of the QX60 will appreciate is the availability of USB charging ports so everyone can keep their electronic gadgets charged throughout their journey.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

The QX60 makes accessing the third row a breeze, thanks to the one-touch, tilt-and-slide seats in the second row. These seats can be easily folded in a 60/40 configuration and come with a manual recline feature, allowing passengers to find the most comfortable position. Although headroom in the third row is good, legroom is limited, which makes it an ideal seating option for kids or shorter adults. However, for those who need more legroom, the seats in front of them can be slid forward to increase space, albeit at the expense of second-row comfort.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

Both rows fold flat, providing plenty of cargo-carrying space. With both rows folded, there's 75.4 cubic feet of room - plenty for hauling a big-screen TV or small pieces of furniture. With the second row in use, that drops to 41.6 cubic feet and down to 14.5 cubic feet with all seats occupied - enough for groceries, backpacks, or sports gear. A pushbutton power-return feature on the third row makes it easy to stand the seats back up without stretching and contorting to reach the seatbacks.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

There's a bonus subfloor storage compartment that's great for keeping bags from sliding around and keeping items out of sight. Since it's not carpeted, it's a good spot for tossing muddy shoes, dirty outdoor gear, or wet clothes and towels from the beach. Infiniti offers a set of optional cargo dividers for this bin, splitting it into three sections.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD

Between its smooth ride, deluxe, quiet cabin, and versatile passenger and cargo handling capabilities, the QX60 is our favorite Infiniti model at present. It offers a more luxurious alternative to the Nissan Pathfinder and competes favorably with 3-row SUVs like the Acura MDX, Genesis GV80, and Volvo XC90. The 2023 Infiniti QX60 starts at $47,850 for the Pure RWD model, with the line topping out at $64,250 for the Autograph AWD. The Sensory AWD model we drove starts at $59,350.Driven: 2023 Infiniti QX60 Sensory AWD


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