Suggestion No. 3 – 2014 Infiniti QX60 AWD
The Infiniti QX60 is a three-row luxury crossover that coddles passengers in leather-lined luxury. It’s pretty handsome, yet functional at the same time. Might this be the Goldilocks of the trio?
Without any extras it checks out at $44,395, including $995 in destination fees. That actually makes it cheaper than the Odyssey… for an Infiniti, a proper luxury vehicle. Either this thing has fewer features than a trash can or the Honda is grossly overpriced.
Plopping a big ol’ spoonful of frosting on this cake, the QX60 is equipped with all-wheel drive, which, while not mandatory, is always handy. It also comes standard with leather trimmings, an eight-way power driver’s seat, six-speaker audio system, Tri-zone climate control, a backup camera and more.
The QX60 AWD also has power, like, everywhere. The moonroof, liftgate, side-view mirrors and steering column are all electrically operated. But more important than its standard features is what’s available on the options list.
Drivers that want to fork over a ton of greenbacks can get all kinds of fancy doohickeys. Things like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, a 15-speaker Bose sound system and radiant maple-wood trim are all available through options packages, just be prepared to spend a lot. The base all-wheel drive QX60 may be cheaper than a top-of-the-line Odyssey but it’s far from loaded.
Mechanically this prestigious-sounding luxury crossover is powered by a 3.5-liter V6. The engine delivers an effective 265 hp with 248 lb-ft of twist. Maximizing driver annoyance, output is routed through a continuously variable transmission.
At least this combination is efficient. Average fuel consumption should hit 21 mpg, a figure that’s derived from the QX60’s city score of 19 mpg and its highway performance of 25. Curiously it’s not as miserly as the Odyssey. Perhaps the van’s cylinder deactivation pays bigger dividends than expected; all-wheel drive doesn’t help matters, either.
With a budget of around $45,000 Nadine has almost limitless choice when it comes to a new family hauler. She can go the patriotic route and get the red, white and blue Chevy Tahoe. It’s rugged, spacious and powerful. With four-wheel drive and a burly V8 engine, it can tackle just anything Mother Nature has in mind. If she prefers something a little softer and more luxurious yet still reasonably capable, there’s the prestigious Infiniti QX60; it shouldn’t disappoint. Finally there’s the sensible choice, the Honda Odyssey. It’s the most efficient and best-equipped vehicle in this trio.
As always, good luck in your quest for a new family vehicle, Nadine, and thanks again for taking the time to Ask AutoGuide.
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