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Test Drive: Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Driving's Brian Harper tests drives the QX60 hybrid and concludes that the biggest change he'd like to see is the introduction of a diesel for the gasoline engine.

Published: 30-Jan-2014

When it comes to the annual mid-January trek to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, I do not travel lightly. Simply, considering the unpredictable weather at that time of year, my choice of transportation is usually on the larger side and always with an all-wheel or four-wheel drivetrain. An exceptionally nasty start to this winter — early snow followed by crippling ice storm followed by record cold — had me (wimp that I am) wishing Hummer was still around. In, the end, though, my chariot was a far comfier and less polarizing Infiniti QX60 Hybrid.

Truth be told, the drive to and from Detroit this year was effortless, with dry roads, clear skies and seasonal temperatures. This made both four-hour trips along what is one of the most mind-numbingly flat, boring (and heavily patrolled) stretches of highway in the country stress-free. The only fly in the ointment was a wonky cruise control, which would arbitrarily drop from the set speed — likely a software glitch.

That annoyance aside, the easy drive allowed for plenty of time to take in the rest of the QX60 Hybrid, a new addition for the 2014 model year to the QX60 (formerly JX35) lineup, which is essentially a much fancier version of the Nissan Pathfinder crossover complete with different sheet metal and a higher level of comfort and content.

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