First Drive: 2022 Infiniti QX60 Is a Transformed Luxury Hauler

A long-needed redesign improves the powertrain and brings new interior tech

2022 Infiniti QX60 front driving Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

Update: Since this first drive was originally published in January, 2022, we finished testing the Infiniti QX60. Read the complete Infiniti QX60 road test.

The 2022 redesign of the Infiniti QX60 has turned this midsized three-row SUV into a more engaging vehicle. Buyers are sure to appreciate the QX60’s refined and punchy powertrain, its modern infotainment system, and the cabin’s high-quality look and feel. After spending time with an Infiniti QX60 Luxe AWD that we purchased for our test fleet, as well as a QX60 Autograph AWD that we rented from the automaker, we think this family hauler is better equipped to compete with the likes of the Acura MDX, Cadillac XT6, Lexus RX L, and Volvo XC90

As with the outgoing model, the QX60 shares its basic platform with the Nissan Pathfinder, which was also redesigned for 2022. Both models were getting long in the tooth, but they’re back with all-new styling and updated interior tech, and have switched from a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to a more conventional nine-speed automatic transmission. The QX60 is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the sole engine is a 295-hp 3.5-liter V6.

Pricing begins at $46,850 for the QX60 Pure front-wheel-drive model and caps off at $63,250 for the QX60 Autograph AWD, not including the $1,025 destination charge Infiniti tacks onto all QX60s.

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If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial expert assessment of the 2022 Infiniti QX60 is available to you below. After we put about 2,000 break-in miles on our purchased QX60, we put it through our formal testing program at the CR Auto Test Center. It was then put through more than 50 tests, including those that evaluate acceleration, braking, fuel economy, handling, car-seat fit, and controls. CR members have access to the full road-test results now. 

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What we purchased: 2022 Infiniti QX60 Luxe AWD
Powertrain: 295-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $54,900
Options: Vision package (adaptive front lighting system, 10.8-inch head-up display, smart rearview mirror), $1,500; Performance Audio package (Bose Performance 17-speaker audio system), $900; premium paint, $695; Cargo package (console net, trash bin, storage divider, reversible cargo mat, cargo net, cargo blocks, rear bumper protector, first aid kit), $585; splash guards, $230.
Total options: $3,910
Destination fee: $1,025
Total cost: $59,835

What we rented: 2022 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD
Powertrain: 295-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine; nine-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
MSRP: $63,250
Options: Premium paint, $695
Total options: $695
Destination fee: $1,025
Total cost: $64,970

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