Passenger cars have had a hard time in the market lately, losing ground to more popular SUVs. It's hard to argue with the convenience of an SUV, but their taller and larger size often means handling and performance leave something to be desired. If you want a vehicle that satisfies your hunger for performance as well as comfort, consider the Infiniti Q60 premium sports coupe.
The Q60 is Infiniti's flagship two-door executive car. If you want four doors, the Infiniti Q50 is also a great choice. You can get the Q60 with your choice of 300 or 400 horsepower from the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. All Q60 models come with a crisp seven-speed automatic transmission, but you can choose rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. For Portland-area drivers, AWD is always a good choice.
Our test car had the 300-horsepower engine and AWD, and it was a delightful combination in late winter. The Infiniti had plenty of power at all times, and always had great traction. The suspension is firm, but smooth, and the car responds to steering like it's an extension of your own body.
Inside, Infiniti has created a comfortable, quiet space. When you get all the various adjustments done, it feels like the Q60 was made just for you. Some sports coupes and sedans can be a little tight in the seat for full-size American men, which is to say they're made for skinny guys. The Infiniti driver's seat is available with power-adjustable side bolsters, so everyone gets a perfectly comfortable seat.
There's a nice technology package with two touchscreens and the Infiniti InTouch system. It all works as designed. The Bose surround sound stereo delivers great audio and it has voice control. Advanced safety gear is split between standard forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and the optional ProASSIST package, which adds blind spot warning, backup collision intervention, 360-degree camera system with motion detection, front and rear sonar, and rain-sensing wipers. At $1,650 for the package, ProASSIST is a bargain.
If you build up a Q60 with all the options and features, you will spend a bit more than $50,000, which makes it comparable to other premium brands. Infiniti's appeal is comfort and performance, putting it in direct competition with Acura, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. That's an elite group of brands, and Infiniti definitely holds its own in that company.
The bottom line on the 2020 Infiniti Q60 is this: if you've been missing the responsive handling and quick, easy acceleration of your old sports car, a test drive in the Q60 will rekindle that spark. If you don't really need all that cargo space, why not give a sports car another chance?
2020 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Luxe AWD
Base price: $42,375
Price as tested: $52,725
Type: Premium compact sports coupe
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (300 hp, 295 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 19/27
Overall length: 184.4 inches
Curb weight: 3,950 pounds
Final assembly: Kaminokawa, Japan
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