- - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Reasons to like the Infiniti brand are many. Reasons to become particularly attached to the 2015 Infiniti QX60 begins with the fact that for large families this vehicle is not only spacious and comfortable, but even for a SUV seating seven, it also radiates luxury.

There are three rows in this vehicle and no matter the row you choose it is easy to relax taking in a smooth ride. For this year, the QX60 also has a CVT programming redesign for automatic transmission simulation.

Competition across the board with the 2015 Infiniti QX60 includes the Acura MDX, BMW X5, Buick Enclave and the Audi Q7 each with different pros and cons ranging from price to space to power behind the wheel, but Infiniti still shines among the competition.

On the 2015 Infiniti QX60, you can opt for a regular fuel engine or a gas-electric hybrid and from there you can choose from front- or all-wheel drive, but there is only one trim option available.

The features found on the fuel or hybrid include keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, heated and power-folding side mirrors, sunroof, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tilt-and telescoping steering wheel, leather on the inside and that, with an eight-way power seat for the driver. The front-seat passenger is not left out either since there are six seat controls and a heated seat option as well. Technology offerings include Bluetooth phone connectivity, seven-inch touchscreen, rearview camera and six speakers and an iPod/USB interface.

There are optional QX60 add-on packages like a Premium package with remote ignition, a heated steering wheel, 13-speakers, and memory enhancements like the ability for the vehicle to remember the driver’s settings for climate and navigation. The Premium Plus package will give you front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera to help when parking, automatic wipers, an eight-inch touchscreen and even voice controls with the Infiniti InTouch electronics interface.

For the Hybrid version of the QX60, you get the same add-ons. And then if you want to keep building, you can include a Driver Assistance package with adaptive cruise control, safety extras like the forward collision warning with automatic brakes and a rear cross-traffic warning and back-up collision system that also has an automatic braking system, blind spot warning, Active Trace Control and what is called an Eco Pedal if the vehicle’s driver is wasting fuel unnecessarily.

Add to that a Theater package with dual-screen entertainment in the back seats, Deluxe Touring package with larger wheels and a panoramic sunroof as well as air conditioned seats and heated second row seats or the Technology package that only comes with the Deluxe Touring package and includes a lane departure warning and a blind spot warning. On the hybrid QX60 version, the Deluxe Technology package has the Deluxe Touring and Technology packages included.

Under the hood, the 2015 QX60 give you a 3.5-liter V6 engine that cranks out 265 horsepower with 248 pound-feet of torque. The front wheel drive is the standard, but the all-wheel drive is an option and the transmission is a CVT.

Opting for the Hybrid, there is a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a 15kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that offers 250 horsepower and 243 pound feet of torque.

For safety, the 2015 Infiniti QX60 features are antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, rearview camera and the front seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain airbags. You can also add the additional safety features with the optional packages, all together including choosing from diverse options like automatic collision notification, remote door unlocking, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot warning, the frontal and back collision mitigation and a 360-degree view parking camera.

As for the ride overall, it’s comfortable and take note that the second row moves 5.5 inches up and back as needed so for folks utilizing the third row, it’s not a hard climb in or out. Many SUV’s don’t have comfort for third-row passengers, but here there is plenty of room even for tall folks and the seats recline be it in the second or third row.

It’s also easy to get spoiled here too because of the higher quality material since there is plenty of leather and wood used inside and the buttons and knobs are easy to navigate. Using the buttons along with the touchscreen, which offers a variety of options for your driving needs, and the experience is painless and easy.

Space for hauling comes in at a maximum of 76.5 cubic feet if the two rows in the back are folded. With the second and third rows being in use however, and you only get 15.8 cubic feet and this is the same even in the Hybrid QX60 version too.

Driving around town, it’s a pleasant experience moving in and out of traffic both on and off the highway. While it’s a bit on the larger size for an SUV, the 2015 Infiniti QX60 meets all the needs of a driver with a family from comfort to driving performance to sheer unadulterated luxury.

Should You Need to Know: This 2015 QX60 was formerly known as the JX35 until 2014 for those new to the brand and if you are looking for more than just comfort in an SUV, this vehicle can tow up to 5,000 pounds or on the Hybrid 3,500 pounds.

Miles Per Gallon: I drove the 2015 Infiniti QX60 with 21 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2015 Infiniti QX60 I drove had a price tag of $54,690.

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