2015 INFINITI QX60 Buyers Guide – Pricing, Specs and Features – AWD Hybrid Highly Recommended

There was a time when the Hybrid models in many car ranges were much more of a style and eco-conscience type of choice. The biggest example of this paradox of the Hybrid actually being a far worse machine, but much more successful with consumers, is the Lexus RX350 versus the RX450h.

The RX Hybrid is so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget the standard model still exists!

But is it a better car? That is very open to debate – as the Lexus system of AWD with electric power to the back axle is less-than-helpful in many slick road or wet grass driving scenarios, when the front-wheel gasoline power easily overwhelms any meaningful contribution from the back. It will just spin its front wheels endlessly – exposing that the RX Hybrid’s AWD setup is heavily, heavily biased toward efficiency versus true crossover capability.

The latest Infiniti Direct Hybrid system is quite different in many ways versus the Lexus, but to the point above, the QX60 AWD Hybrid sends power from its central transmission both rearwards and to the front – using both electric and gasoline power sources simultaneously.

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This ingenious solution also allows the QX60 Hybrid to be offered in both FWD or AWD – which is pretty remarkable.

The efficiency benefit is close to 5MPG extra in both real-world urban and highway settings, and sprint pace is mostly a wash between the QX60 3.5-liter V6 and the Hybrids – they all take about 7.0 seconds regardless of drivetrain or engine setup.

How? The Hybrid runs the all-new supercharged 2.5-liter engine as its primary power source – delivering only about 20 horsepower less than the much-larger V6, and an even lower torque plateau than the V6 as well. Add in the QX60 Hybrid’s silent coasting and in-town driving thanks to the batteries, and it is all win for the Hybrid.

What is the cost of the Hybrid upgrade? It bumps pricing from about a $43,000 base to about a $45,000 base versus the V6, but that seems to be the only demerit.

Back seat space and cargo capacity are shared across all models, so there is only up-side in the capability contest, as well.

Overall, a very cutting-edge mechanical package that is wrapped in some subtle but highly appealing curves outside and in. The QX60 is on my short list of seven-seaters to recommend to friends who are all plopping out kids like clockwork this year – even ahead of my old stand-by for class-best, the Mazda CX-9.

A fun game is to recommend both the QX60 Hybrid and the Mercedes-Benz GL350 CDI diesel.

“Go drive them both,” I say with a smirk….

A week later…

“Yes, we liked them both a lot!  The Benz is more appealing… until we saw the $90,000 price.”

As this point, the merits of the QX60 AWD Hybrid’s $50,000 loaded pricing come into stark relief. It is the best seven-seat luxury crossover package out there this year.

See all the features and style for yourself by building one over at InfinitiUSA.com


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2014 Infiniti QX60 MSRP

Effective Date: April 4, 2014

QX60 3.5$42,1003.5L V6All models equipped with CVT
QX60 3.5 AWD$43,5003.5L V6
QX60 Hybrid$45,1002.5L Supercharged I4 Engine
QX60 Hybrid AWD$46,5002.5L Supercharged I4 Engine

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QX60 3.5 (FWD/AWD)QX60 Hybrid (FWD/AWD)
Premium Package$1,550
Premium Plus Package$3,000
Hybrid Premium Package$4,600
Theater Package$1,700
Driver Assistance Package$1,900
Deluxe Touring Package$3,450
Technology Package$2,800
Deluxe Technology Package$6,050
Maple Accents Package$400
Factory Installed Accessories
Roof Rails$495
Dual DVD Entertainment System$1,870
Illuminated Kick Plates$440
Tow Package$510
Polished 20-inch Forged Wheels$1,605


QX60 3.5 (FWD/AWD)QX60 Hybrid (FWD/AWD)
Splash Guards$205
Rear Bumper Protector$210
Roof Rail Cross Bars$300
Cargo Package (vehicles w/ DTP)$230
Cargo Package (vehicles w/o DTP)$230

(1) Manufacturer Suggested List Price: Retailer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.
Excludes tax, title, license and destination charges.  Destination and handling $995.

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2014 Infiniti QX60 3.5-liter V6 (non-hybrid) Technical Specifications, Features and Options

For 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid specifications, please visit InfinitiNews.com

Assembly Plant Location: Smyrna, Tenn.

Cylinders / configuration60-degree V6
Block / head compositionAluminum / aluminum
Displacement (L / cc)3.5 liters / 3,498cc
Horsepower265 @ 6,400 rpm
Torque248 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Bore x stroke (mm)95.5 x 81.4
Compression ratio (:1)10.3
Maximum engine speed6,600 rpm
Induction systemSequential multi-point fuel injection
ValvetrainDOHC 24-valve; silent chain, single stage
Recommended fuelPremium unleaded
Emission certification levelTier2Bin5 (EPA)/LEV2-ULEV (CARB)
ExhaustSingle exit/main and secondary mufflers


Electronic (direct ignition) systemS
Starter rating12 volt
150 amp alternator
BatteryAmp-hour rating; 82Ah


Drive configurationFront engineFWDIntelligent AWD
Transmission typeCVT
Automatic transmission oil coolerS
Gear ratios (:1)
2.371 – 0.439
Final drive ratio (:1)5.173
Transfer case gear ratio (:1)0.404
2-wheel or 4-wheel active brake limited slip (ABLS)S (2-wheel)S (4-wheel)
Snow-mode functionS

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Body typeUnibody
Primary materialsCorrosion-resistant and high-strength steel


Front:  Vented disc 12.6 x 1.10 in.S
Rear:  Vented disc 12.13 x 0.63 in.
4-wheel disc brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
4 channels/4 sensors
Brake Assist
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)


Front suspensionIndependent strut
Front stabilizer barS (26 mm)
Rear suspensionRear multi-link
Rear stabilizer barS (26.5)
Dual-Flow Path® twin-tube shock absorbersS
Steering typeHydraulic electric
Power-assistVehicle speed-sensitive
Steering ratio (:1)18.3
Turns (lock-to-lock)3.3


18 x 7.5-inch split 5-spoke painted silver finish aluminum-alloy wheelsS
20 x 7.5-inch split 5-spoke painted silver finish aluminum-alloy wheelsO
20 x 7.5-inch split 5-spoke polished forged aluminum-alloy wheelsO
235/65R18 all-season tiresS
235/55R20 all-season tiresO
Temporary spare tireS (under body)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (direct sensor type) with Tire Inflation IndicatorS


Overall length196.4
Overall width77.2
Overall height68.6
Front track width68.9
Rear track width65.7
Angle of approach (degrees)14.0
Angle of departure (degrees)20.6
Ground clearance6.5
Step in height – 1st row18.2
Step in height – 2nd row18.7
Coefficient of drag0.34

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