2018 In­finiti Q60S Mike Royer

Motor Trend (USA) - - Update | Long - Term Test -

Ser­vice life / 4 mo/5,713 mi Avg CO2 / 0.89 lb/mi En­ergy cons / 153 kw-hr/100 mi

Un­re­solved prob­lems / None

Main­te­nance cost / $0 Nor­mal-wear cost / $0 Base price / $49,295 As-tested / $57,330


Even a few months and 5,000 miles into my year with the Q60, I’m still check­ing out all it has to of­fer. One thing that jumped out at me al­most im­me­di­ately, which I find per­plex­ing, is the poor res­o­lu­tion of the In­finiti’s cam­eras.

It’s odd be­cause In­finiti re­ally moved the nee­dle on this kind of tech­nol­ogy in 2007 with its awe­some Around View Mon­i­tor sys­tem, which still im­presses to this day.

So it’s dis­ap­point­ing to see this high­pow­ered graphic dis­play with a sub­par image. In day­light the ve­hi­cle’s cam­eras are pretty good and get the job done. But at night they’re aw­ful, bor­der­ing on point­less. Usu­ally a ve­hi­cle’s re­verse lights help il­lu­mi­nate the area be­hind the car enough for the cam­era to get a good image, but not with the Q60. Maybe the rear de­sign doesn’t fo­cus the light where it needs to be, but im­ages from the rear and side mon­i­tors of­ten­times ap­pear pitch black.

Also, the screen seems to be an old­er­gen­er­a­tion model; I’ve seen bet­ter screens in ve­hi­cles de­cid­edly not in the lux­ury seg­ment. For ex­am­ple, our long-term Chrysler Paci­fica and Volk­swa­gen At­las have crisp and vi­brant screens, and their im­ages re­ally pop. I don’t think an In­finiti owner should be jeal­ous of a mini­van driver when it comes to el­e­gance and pre­sen­ta­tion.

De­spite the res­o­lu­tion, the ad­di­tion of a side cam­era helps keep the tires free from curb scuff, and the front cam stops me from scrap­ing the bumper on park­ing bumps, a real con­cern with such a low-sit­ting car. For those, I’m grate­ful. By the way, I pre­dict for­ward cam­eras will be an emerg­ing front in the in­fo­tain­ment arms race.

“As silly as it sounds, I’m of­ten jeal­ous of the high­er­res­o­lu­tion cam­eras of other ve­hi­cles in our fleet.”

The image is a pretty good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how poorly the cam­eras han­dle low-light sit­u­a­tions.

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