A carpooling, grocery shopping, road tripping superstar.
Size, safety and sanity saver top my list when it comes to things that are important to me in a vehicle, like listening to the comedy channel on satellite radio when traffic is at a standstill. I recently had the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Infiniti QX60 AWD for a week, and after a blissful seven days I wanted to keep it parked in my driveway – permanently.
I drove 2014 Infiniti QX60 AWD to and from school; for basketball carpool duty; I knocked out my weekly grocery shopping; and I even took it on a weekend road trip from Atlanta to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. I enjoyed riding shot-gun in the front seat while my husband took his turn behind the wheel, and I also made sure I spent some time in both rows of rear seats.
The large and luxurious Infiniti 2014 QX60 easily won me over in all three of my top deal breaker categories.
As a woman who stands 5’11” tall, leg room is important – period. My whole family has long legs – my 11-year-old-daughter is quickly catching up to her 13-year-old brother, who is almost looking me in the eyes. Add in my 6′ tall husband, and a few of the kids’ friends, and the size of the car that we drive makes a huge difference.
At first glance the Infiniti QX60 didn’t look as large as it is, probably because of its stylish design, but it’s one of the most spacious SUVs I’ve encountered. The leg room was extensive and the extra space in the back – including a hideaway compartment – means plenty of room for my family, friends and all the stuff that comes with them. The easy access from the second to third row seating was a plus along with the 50/50-split folding/reclining third row seats.
The heated seats were simply awesome. On the way back from Orlando to Atlanta, we traveled from warm sunny weather to chilly night time temperatures quickly and needed those seat warmers.
My husband also loved how easy it was to adjust the driver’s seat to fit his specifications perfectly. For someone who spends a lot of time in her car, the comfort of my seat is crucial.
Safety measures, above and beyond
This vehicle comes packed with the expected standard and additional safety features you’ll find in all new vehicles. The standard version is great, but it excels with several of the additional options like the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Backup Collision Intervention, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning & Prevention and Intelligent Cruise Control.
I have to admit I was a little intimidated the first time I put it in reverse and realized how large it was, but that quickly faded with all of the helpful, tech-savvy safety features. In addition to the safety-factor, the cutting-edge technology made it a really fun ride.
Bells and whistles of special features
Obviously safety and size come first, but special features are a close second. Very close. I really thought I heard trumpets blow the first time we opened the 2nd/3rd-row moon roof and power sunshade and rays of light filled every inch of the vehicle.
Speaking of sound, all of the technology in the car was stellar, especially the Bose 13-speaker Premium Sound System.
Another highlight for us was the sequential welcome lighting. When you approach the vehicle with the key, several lights come on to enhance visibility and safety.
What We Loved
- Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection (option in premium plus package)
- Did we mention spacious legroom from front seats to the third row?
- Infinity Drive Mode Selector
- Sequential welcome lighting
- Blind Spot Warning and Intervention
What You Need to Know
- MSRP: $42,950.00
- Price for the model we drove: $57,240.00
- MPG: 21 combined city/highway
- Type of fuel: Regular gasoline
- Warranty: 4-Year/60,000 mile basic limited warranty; 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; 7-year unlimited mileage corrosion limited warranty
Infiniti provided the QX60 3.5 AWD for our test drive; opinions expressed here are all our own.