Based on the Nissan Pathfinder the QX60 remains largely unchanged since its introduction back in 2012 when it was called the JX35. However, there are bits and pieces that kept it updated throughout the years.
Inside the QX60 is where the luxury can really be felt. Unlike the Pathfinder, the cabin materials found here are plush and soft. Every bit of the interior is leather or wood giving the vehicle that high-class feel that one wants in a luxury SUV.
An area of disappointment is the car’s infotainment system. It hasn’t got the update it deserves. It includes Bluetooth audio and Satellite Radio but missing key features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the around view camera, it’s helpful for parking situations even though the quality of the cameras are not as high as some others in the segment.
3rd-row access is easy thanks to one lever operated action. The 2nd-row seats move forward and up to give even taller passengers an easier ingress. As for passenger comfort, the 3rd row is pretty tight for any adult. However, there are two USB ports located on each side allowing for passengers to charge their devices.
Above the 2nd and 3rd row sits this glass panel which allows tons of light into the cabin. For the front occupants, a regular sunroof is available however it’s a bit on the small side.
In between the front seats are these controls for the 2nd-row passengers. With HDMI input and AC plug, it’s easy to plug in a console or laptop to allow viewing from the dual screens behind the front seats.
Powering the QX60 is a 3.5L v6 with direct injection for 2017, it now produces 295hp up from 265hp last year and 270 lb-ft of torque. Mated to Nissan’s excellent CVT transmission the 4400lb SUV can move in a hurry. Fuel economy is rated at 12.2 city and 8.9 highway, with a lighter foot those numbers are easily attainable.
Behind the wheel, the QX is floaty like a luxury yacht. It actually works here, it’s not designed to be sporty (yet there’s a sports mode). With heavy acceleration, there’s plenty of get up and go. However, it rolls in corners and dives hard during braking. Although, it does offer a very plush ride in which a 7 seater SUV should be designed for. With a hushed cabin thanks to extra insulation, it’s easy to fall asleep on the soft supple seats. And because it’s 2017 the QX if fitted with all the safety features one would expect from a vehicle at this price point. With Lane keep assist, radar guided cruise control, sonar accident avoidance and even pre collision seat belts it has all the bells and whistles from the active safety checklist.
Overall the QX60 is an excellent choice for a luxury SUV, its main competitor is the MDX and it undercuts it by nearly $10,000 when similarly equipped. It’s one of those vehicles that really shines in the segment. Yet, with the aging electronics, it’s not as tech friendly as some might want their family hauler to be.