2018 In­finiti Q60S 3.0t

Motor Trend - - LONG-TERM TEST -

“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.

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