2023 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD Review: Sign Me Up for This Luxurious 3-Row SUV

 |  |  |  May 7, 2023

by Paul Strauss
2023 Infiniti QX60 Autograph AWD Review: Sign Me Up for This Luxurious 3-Row SUV

Infiniti’s lineup is a bit inconsistent these days. Not long ago, I drove the 2023 QX55, which looks pleasant enough but is otherwise disappointing. On the other hand, the QX60 is an excellent vehicle and one I’d be happy to have in my garage. The QX60 boasts a lavish and serene cabin, a poised and polished ride, and a wealth of modern tech features.

The QX60’s exterior design showcases a sleek, flowing, and understated aesthetic that is unmistakably Infiniti. It comes in four trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and the top-tier Autograph. I enjoyed driving the fully-loaded Autograph model, which sports 20-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels. Chrome accents on the lower body, roof rails, and around the grille and windows contribute to a harmonious appearance.

The QX60 offers good acceleration and passing power for a 3-row SUV. Beneath its prominent grille, the QX60 houses a 3.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V6 engine, generating an ample 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. The previous generation’s CVT has been replaced by a more satisfying and engaging 9-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 20 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. Those figures are about what you’d expect for a vehicle of this size. Its suspension ensures a comfortable drive even on rough and uneven surfaces, while the electric power steering is responsive. For towing enthusiasts, the QX60 Autograph can be outfitted with a towing package capable of handling up to 6,000 pounds.

The QX60 Autograph’s distinguishing feature is its interior, adorned with premium quilted leather on the seats with an embossed Autograph logo. The saddle brown semi-aniline leather contrasts beautifully with the open-pore black wood trim on the dashboard and doors, creating a refined and soothing atmosphere. The cabin is also remarkably well-insulated from road and wind noise, allowing for easy conversation and an enjoyable listening experience via the 17-speaker Bose audio system. Dual 12.3-inch displays maintain a sleek and uncluttered look for the instrument panel and multimedia screens. Infiniti has skillfully balanced touchscreen, tactile, and haptic touch controls on the center stack. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, though the latter still requires a wired connection. 

Infiniti packs the QX60 with advanced safety and convenience technologies, including:

  • Blind spot warning
  • Front collision warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control with route-based speed adjustment
  • Front and rear parking sensors

A digital rearview mirror offers an unobstructed wide-angle view of the road, and the surround-view camera has a crisp and bright display to help make parking easier.

One of the QX60’s standout features is the plush front seats, designed for excellent back support and ample side bolstering, making them perfect for long road trips. They also come with heating and cooling functions. Drivers who choose the Autograph model get to enjoy a soothing massage feature with three modes and adjustable intensity and speed settings. The floating center console sports the same luxurious leather as the seats, dashboard, and doors and offers additional storage space underneath.

Second-row passengers benefit from excellent legroom, headroom, independent climate controls, and an airy ambiance thanks to the panoramic glass moonroof. The Autograph model comes standard with comfy, heated captains chairs wrapped in the same quilted leather as the front seats. Unfortunately, cooled seats aren’t an option back here like they are in some competing vehicles. The center armrest houses cupholders and a storage bin and can be removed for added floor space and another way to access the third row. There are USB ports in all three rows, ensuring everyone’s electronic devices stay charged throughout the journey.

Getting into the third row in the QX60 Autograph is a breeze, thanks to its one-touch, tilt-and-slide second-row seats. Unfortunately, while the third row offers decent headroom, legroom is limited, making it a suitable seating option only for children or shorter adults. The second-row seats can slide forward for those requiring extra legroom, though this compromises legroom for those passengers.

With both rows folded flat, the QX60 Autograph boasts an impressive 75.4 cubic feet of cargo space – more than enough to accommodate a large TV or small furniture items. When the second row is in use, this figure drops to 41.6 cubic feet, and with all seats occupied, that drops to 14.5 cubic feet – still sufficient for groceries, backpacks, or sports equipment. A convenient pushbutton power-return function for the third row makes them super easy to stand up without stretching to reach the seat backs. The QX60 Autograph also features a hidden subfloor storage compartment, which prevents bags from sliding around and keeping items concealed. Its lack of carpeting makes it ideal for stowing muddy shoes, dirty outdoor equipment, or damp beach attire. Infiniti offers optional cargo dividers for this space, splitting it into three sections.

The QX60 Autograph stands out as one of Infiniti’s best models thanks to its smooth ride, luxurious and quiet cabin, and versatile passenger and cargo capabilities. It presents a more feature-rich alternative to the related Nissan Pathfinder and competes strongly with 3-row SUVs such as the Acura MDX, Genesis GV80, and Audi Q7. The 2023 Infiniti QX60 lineup begins at $47,850 for the Pure RWD model and peaks at $64,250 for the premium Autograph AWD. Those prices are before a $1195 destination charge. The vehicle tested here included an optional lighting package and premium paint, which brought the sticker price to $68,185.

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