2023 Infiniti QX60
Crafted Elegance: Unveiling the 2023 Infiniti QX60's Opulent World
The essence of refined travel is achieved in the Infiniti QX60 - its plush interiors, advanced technology, and balanced driving experience set the QX60 as a strong contender in the premium SUV market.
By J-F Wright
Sat, Oct 7, 2023 03:42 PM PST
Images edited by Erica Wright.
The 2023 Infiniti QX60 offers a blend of luxury and practicality, making it a strong contender in the midsize luxury SUV market. It impresses right from the start with its attention to detail and comfortable interior. But the QX60 is not just about opulence - it also offers a compelling driving experience.
Interior & Comfort
When you step inside the QX60, the first thing that catches your eye is the exquisite stitching on the leather seats. The attention to detail is remarkable, with dark black stitching on black leather that takes on a subtle blue hue when illuminated by the sunlight. These seats are not just a treat for the eyes but also incredibly comfortable. In fact, a friend's immediate reaction upon entering the car was how plush and inviting the seating felt. The leather seats, featuring the “Autograph” insignia for our “Autograph” trim level, are both heated and cooled, ensuring that you stay comfortable no matter the weather.
The QX60 is undeniably a large vehicle, and this is evident not only from its exterior dimensions but also from the spaciousness it offers inside. The QX60's interior is spacious and well thought out - making optimal use of the vehicle's generous dimensions.
The second row boasts captain's seats that can be adjusted forwards and backward for added convenience. These seats come equipped with LATCH system for child seats, making family travel hassle-free. They also fold forward effortlessly, granting easy access to the third row. Speaking of the third row, it's suitable for medium-sized adults on shorter journeys, while kids will find it perfectly comfortable as a standard spot for them to sit. Where most often one has to pull a lever or some other weird knob to fold the middle chairs, the Infiniti QX60 has a button on the back side of the second row captain chairs - within easy reach of the third row passengers. A push of said button and the seat fold forward. Simple and neat.
However, the battle for seating comfort is likely to be won by the luxurious second-row captain's chairs. Throughout the cabin, including the second row, there are window drapes for added privacy and sun protection. The QX60 provides ample room for both passengers and their personal items, such as cups and phones, making it a practical choice for long journeys.
From the outside, the QX60's size is apparent. It's a substantial vehicle with a presence that commands attention. The design is sleek and elegant, reflecting the luxury that lies within. The sunroof extends all the way back to the rear seats, bathing the cabin in natural light and enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. The exterior design exudes a sense of luxury and sophistication, showcasing Infiniti's signature style.
The two-color scheme of our review vehicle adds a nice touch to the exterior - the dark red body goes well with the black roof. The slightly slanted roofline - it seems to slant down towards the rear of the car - is amplified with the differing colors of the body and roof.
Technology and Infotainment
Infiniti hasn't skimped on technology and features in the QX60. The Bose Performance Series speakers deliver great sound quality, with multiple speakers strategically placed throughout the car. The QX60 Autograph edition offers three climate control zones, with the front split into two and the rest of the car featuring a third zone. The third zone can be controlled from both the front seats and from between the second-row seats. Moreover, the vehicle offers a range of safety features, including a Surround View Camera and Adaptive Cruise Control, enhancing both safety and convenience.
The QX60's infotainment system is user-friendly, featuring a large touchscreen display. For those who prefer a tactile approach, there's a knob located behind the shifter that allows you to control most functions without having to reach for the screen. The touchscreen, although placed a bit farther from the driver, is responsive and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A standout feature is the Heads-Up Display, which projects important information onto the windshield, minimizing distractions while driving. The unique dashboard design, with a 3D-like RPM gauge and a vertically twisted speedometer, adds a touch of novelty to the cabin.
Driving Characteristics & Handling
Driving the Infiniti QX60 is a pleasure, as one would expect from the Infiniti brand. While it's not a high-performance sports car, it definitely has enough power to facilitate a fun driving experience. It definitely provides sufficient power for merging onto the freeway and handling various driving situations with ease.
The QX60 strikes a balance between power and comfort, making it a great contender for daily commutes and long highway drives. The Drive Mode Selector allows you to tailor the car's characteristics to your preferences, with options like Personal, Sport, Eco, and Snow.
In conclusion, the 2023 Infiniti QX60 is a luxurious and spacious SUV that excels in providing a comfortable and inviting environment for passengers. The attention to detail, high-quality materials, and advanced features make it a strong contender in the luxury SUV segment. While it may not be the fastest car on the road, it strikes a balance between power and comfort, ensuring a pleasant and fun driving experience.
The QX60 is an excellent choice for families or individuals who value both style and functionality, and its second-row captain's seats add an extra layer of luxury to the package. Overall, the QX60 offers a refined and enjoyable ride for those seeking a comfortable and accommodating vehicle.
About The Author
John-Fredrik Wright was born in Sweden, but raised on both sides of the Atlantic. His experience in the automotive industry starts with a summer-job as a host at Volkswagen’s premier showroom in Stockholm. Later, he worked as an instructor at Swedish Active Driving, teaching safe driving (among other things the renowned "elk-avoidance maneuver") and advanced driving techniques.