2018 Infiniti Q60S 3.0t
“The Home button for the navigation system has been getting a workout since they tore up my off-ramp.” Mike Royer
Service life 10 mo/13,511 mi
Avg CO2 0.89 lb/mi
Energy cons 155 kw-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $106.43
Normal-wear cost $22
Base price $49,295 As tested $57,330 Avg Fuel Econ: 21.8 mpg
Here are some observations—and a revision—i’ve gathered from driving the Q60 for nearly a year. The shifter is positioned nearly perfectly to double as a wrist rest. Regardless of whether this was intended, I’ll give it credit because it helps me stabilize my hand while I use the touchscreen. To me, the worst part of relying on touchscreens is they’re tough to use while driving, but the shifter provides a practical workaround.
I love that the Cancel Route button is prominent and not nested in the navigation menu. Recently, the I-405 connector to the I-110 I use every day was under construction. Unless I want to sit and wait in traffic (spoiler alert—i do not), I’ll exit the highway before it slows to a stop. Then I hit the dedicated Home button for my destination, and no matter where I turn, the nav will get me headed in the right direction to pick up the highway The shifter is the perfect height and distance away from the lower touchscreen to stabilize my wrist on while I'm driving and selecting. after the end of the construction zone. Oftentimes it’s only a matter of a few miles before I get back on track. When I reorient myself, I hit the Cancel Route button. For quick navigation, it’s easier and less datahungry than Waze. I’d been wondering if in-car navigation systems still had value, and the Infiniti’s map shows that they do.
I’d also like to correct something I wrote earlier. I admit I’ve gotten used to getting in and out of the driver’s seat without the need to adjust its position. With time and habit-building, I’ve adapted to what I previously called a drawback. Sure, it would be more convenient if the seat automatically adjusted itself, but I don’t really think about it anymore.
The back seat is another story. I sat back there for a short trip while someone else took the helm. Although it’s doable for smaller adults, you’ll definitely be cramped. And getting in and out requires a level of agility that has passed me by— even with practice. If you value your adult friendships, the trip will need to be mercifully short. However, children should have no problem with the accommodations, and if they do mouth off, you’re legally allowed to tell them to zip it.