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In terms of value for your money, the three-row midsize SUV is a good choice for the Pacific Northwest.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is a tastefulluy retrained three-row midsize SUV that is available with front- or all-wheel-drive across every trim level.If you're looking for a midsize three-row SUV, your shopping list could be very long. Almost every automaker in the world offers a vehicle in this market segment, and even if you narrow the list to premium luxury brands, there are many to choose from.

Infiniti's entry in this very popular and competitive space is the QX60, and it's been completely redesigned for the 2022 model year with fresh exterior design and even more technology for safety and convenience. The bodywork is attractive and up-to-date without being garish, which sets the Infiniti apart from many of its competitors.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2022 Infiniti QX60 comes with only one powertrain, the trusty 3.5-liter V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The QX60 offers seating for seven passengers, though the third row is on the small side; you wouldn't want to try to fit seven large adults into this vehicle. However, the first and second rows, which will get far more use, are spacious and comfortable.

Power comes from the venerable Nissan/Infiniti 3.5-liter V6, which is a proven engine with a long history. There are no turbos or superchargers, so the 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque are linear and predictable. With its 4,595-pound curb weight, the QX60 isn't quick, but it's got good power for everything you need to do.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the 2022 Infiniti QX60 is tasteful and restrained, with practically every advanced automotive technology available.

The V6 engine is paired with a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission. One thing that sets the QX60 apart is that each of its four trim levels is available with the buyer's choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Of course, AWD is popular in the Pacific Northwest, especially if you enjoy winter outdoor activities. But if you don't plan to hit the slopes and you want to save some money, choosing front-wheel drive and investing in a set of winter tires is a valid choice.

Inside, the QX60 offers Infiniti's no-nonsense take on luxury. Everything you need is there, and nothing you don't need. Infiniti is the sporty Japanese luxury brand, and that shows up even on a bigger SUV. The design is sleek and functional. Our test vehicle came with just one option package, the Bose 17-speaker performance audio system at $900. Since the mid-grade Luxe trim package already starts at almost $55,000, this is not an unreasonable add-on.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Luxury accomodation are available on every trim level of the 2022 Infiniti QX60.

The least expensive trim for the QX60 starts at $49,045, and the price rises about $16,000 by the time you price out the topmost trim. For a luxury SUV, that's not a big price walk at all, so you can easily choose a higher trim level if you want it.

On the road, the QX60 is comfortable, quiet, and predictable. It's not what we'd call a sporty SUV. If you want that, we'd steer you to the smaller and nimble Infiniti QX55. The QX60 is more of a family SUV, equipped to carry everyone and their things in comfort. In terms of value for your money, the QX60 is a solid choice.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSHMEIDE - Three adults can fit comfortably in the second row of the 2022 Infinity QX60 and the third row is there if you need it.

2022 Infiniti QX60 Luxe AWD

Base price: $54,900

Price as tested: $56,825

Type: Midsize SUV

Engine: 3.5-liter V6 (295 hp, 270 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 20/25

Overall length: 198.2 inches

Curb weight: 4,595 pounds

Final assembly: Smyrna, Tennessee

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Cargo space in the 2022 QX60 is very reasonable with the third row of seats folded down.


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