2022 Infiniti QX60 Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.
The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is fully redesigned for the model year, which delivers on many promised changes. What we really like the most is that the third row of seats is easier to access than ever before. Also, bonus - Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both integrated. However, only iPhone users can wireless sync their phones to the QX60. Android users still have to plug it in with the power cord. Still, this is leaps and bounds better than what you got on the outgoing QX60 generation.
While there are quite a few advanced features on the line-topping trims and the cabin is adorned with high-quality materials, you will need to put up with a slightly too-firm ride quality. While the standard V6 engine is paired with a new automatic transmission for a good amount of power, the suspension just doesn't evoke much of a sense of luxury in terms of ride quality.
The QX60 offers buyers four different trim levels to choose from: the base Pure, the Luxe, the Sensory, and the line-topping Autograph. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard issue, but any of these trim levels can be equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) instead. AWD will give the vehicle enhanced traction control and provides more security while driving over slick road surfaces. It is also better if you plan to do some light off-roading in the QX60.
Also, you only get one engine on the QX60 - a 3.5-liter V6 that puts up a power output of 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This comes paired with a brand-new nine-speed automatic transmission that serves up smooth shifting capabilities. The V6 itself is a carry-over from the previous generation of the QX60, but keeping it was a smart decision on Infiniti's part. This engine gives the QX60 a fuel economy that is up to speed with the competition and, well, literally gets the vehicle up to speed quite quickly with its ample acceleration. Ditching the former CVT for the nine-speed allows the V6's power to really shine through while making upshifts and downshifts unnoticeable.
Despite having the same powertrain, the trim levels all pack in various features to set them apart. Which one has the most value? Which one will suit your unique needs the best? Let's compare the Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph to find out.
Compare the Pure vs Luxe Trims. What is the difference?
First up, we have the Pure, and we will pit that against the Luxe, which slates right above it in the line-up. Powertrain-wise, these trims are essentially the same. They both have the same engine, the same valvetrain (a double overhead camshaft, 4 valves-per-cylinder with micro-finished camshafts, and a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System that optimizes the opening of the intake valves), the same max towing capacity (of up to 3,500 pounds), and rack electronic power steering. The suspension is composed of tubular rear and solid front stabilizer bars. There are rear double piston shock absorbers that enhance ride comfort and body control. Each trim level is outfitted with 13.78 x 1.18-inch ventilated front discs and 12.99 x 0.63-inch rear ventilated discs as part of the 4-wheel, 4-channel ABS system.
While the Pure trim level has standard 18-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels finished in a sleek charcoal metallic, the Luxe trades those in for a dark silver finish on larger 20-inch versions. Both trim levels are equipped with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), LED headlights with automatic on/off bi-functionality, and a center high-mounted stoplight that accompanies the LED rear brake lights. You also get a power rear liftgate for easy access to the cargo area. Side body moldings are done in matte black, but the front and rear under guards switch from gloss black on the Pure to dark gray on the Luxe. UV-reducing solar glass, a capless fuel filler, first- and second-row kick plates, rain-sensing front windshield wipers, and power-folding and power-adjustable heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and reverse sync are all standard issue.
The Luxe trim adds auto-dimming to the side mirrors. You also get standard silver roof rails with the option to add a two-piece set of silver roof rail crossbars. You can also opt for an adaptive lighting system up front, which comes with an auto-leveling function.
Inside, you get a solid list of standard essentials. Both trims come with tri-zone automatic climate control (which includes a microfilter), heating ducts in the rear seats with headliner-mounted air vents (for both back rows), a sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system, step lamps for the front doors, extenders and illuminated vanity mirrors on the front sun visors, overhead storage for sunglasses, and a grand total of 10 cup holders and four bottle holders.
Also, these trims equip an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, easy-fill tire alert, rear door alert, an electronic parking brake, a power moonroof that has power-open/close/tilt and a power sunshade, a heated and grained leather-wrapped steering wheel, advanced ambient interior lighting, and a multi-mode second-row seat that features a handy one-touch release for easy access to and from the third row.
And that's not to mention all the connectivity options you get with the ports. There are USB charge ports that are positioned in the first, second, and third rows. There are a set of four: three are type A, and only one is type C.
To this, the Luxe makes a few important additions. One big addition is the Enhanced INFINITI Intelligent-Key, which is vehicle memory stores an occupant's seat position and their most recently used audio, climate control, and navigation settings.
Both the Pure and Luxe are upholstered in leather trim. There are 8-way power adjustable heated front seats, and the driver's seat comes with 4-way power lumbar support. The front passenger seat gets 2-way power lumbar support. The second row is 60/40-split folding, as is the third row, which comes with a manual recline function. Black lacquer interior trim is standard on the Pure, but the Luxe gets silver metallic weave trim instead. Also, the Pure gains climate controlled front seats.
Let's now talk tech. The Pure and Luxe both have a 9-speaker AM/FM sound system, although the Luxe lets you opt for a more premium model - the Bose Performance Series sound system with its 17 speakers. Apple CarPlay is wireless, but Android Auto still has to be wired for integration. Bluetooth is standard, as is HD Radio, a trial to SiriusXM, and illuminated controls mounted onto the steering wheel.
Both trims also have the INFINITI InTouch infotainment system with its 12.3-inch touchscreen display. Upgrading to the Luxe does nab you the ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link system for built-in navigation. You also get to opt for a 10.8-inch head-up display and smart rear-view mirror. The Luxe also has a standard surround view monitor with Moving Object Detection built into it. The Pure's manually tilting and telescoping steering wheel becomes power-operated on the Luxe. You also get standard INFINITI InTouch Services, a hands-free text messaging assistant, Wi-Fi hot-spot, Siri Eyes Free, cruise control, hill start assist, and a rear sonar system.
Additionally, the Luxe gives you SiriusXM Travel Link, SiriusXM Traffic, the HomeLink universal garage door opener, intelligent cruise control, a traffic sign reconition feature, and a front sonar system.
Safety features are mostly standard across the board. Both trims have a blind spot warning system, a predictive forward collision warning, high beam assist, collision notification, pedestrian detection on the forward collision braking feature, rear automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, haptic wheel steering on the lane departure warning, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Luxe adds remote engine start (on the key fob), lane departure prevention, and the blind spot intervention system.
Compare the Luxe vs Sensory Trims. What is the difference?
How does the Sensory step it up from the already well-equipped Luxe? It starts off by getting its own special 20-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels with a charcoal metallic finish. The liftgate is motion activated, which makes it even easier to get into the cargo area. The side body moldings are switched over to chrome, and the front and rear under guards are done in chrome as well. To top off the enhanced exterior look, the QX60's Sensory trim gets the INFINITI radiant illuminated kick plates.
Inside, there are some upgrades that enhance both the vehicle's aesthetic and comfort. Auto-recirculation, a grape polyphenol filter, and an air purifier come with the advanced automatic climate control system. The leather on the steering wheel is upgraded to premium smooth leather. Another type A USB port gets added, and wireless charging is standard. The front seats gain a massaging function, and the second row's outboard seats gain heating. The front seat passenger also gets four-way power lumbar support tacked on.
As far as tech goes, you get a few extras on the Sensory. The 17-speaker Bose sound system is standard, plus you get a two-position memory system for the front passenger's seat and a 120-volt power outlet. Safety features include a pre-crash seat belt prepping system.
Compare the Sensory vs Autograph Trims. What is the difference?
The Autograph makes a few key additions to the QX60. The auto-leveling adaptive lighting system for the front of the vehicle is now standard issue, as are black roof rails. A two-piece set of black roof rail crossbars is optional.
Inside, you get second-row captain's chairs that come with pivoting armrests. While you lose a seat, you gain easier access from the second to the third row of seats. The head-up display and smart rear-view mirror come equipped, but that is the extent of the changes you will find on the Autograph trim level.
The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is a well-rounded vehicle when it comes to included features. Skipping past the base Pure and going for the Luxe is a good way to get a lot of value from this third-row SUV. For the price, you get a whole slew of additional, highly desirable features. Your list of driver aids will be robust, and the included infotainment features are bound to feel satisfactory. The ventilated front seats should also feel quite nice.
Unfortunately, both the Signature and Autograph trim levels do not add enough features to justify their higher costs. The Autograph especially feels unnecessary since it only tacks on a few leftovers. Sticking with the Luxe and equipping it with the Vision package (which has the adaptive headlights and head-up display) will put it right on par with the Autograph - and for a much more reasonable price.
Overall, the QX60 and its overhaul make it a strong competitor in the luxury third-row SUV segment. It now competes with the best of them and is worthy of your consideration as you set about the buying process.