Debuting around the world in 2013, the INFINITI QX60 is a mid-size three-row SUV from the luxury division of Nissan.
Formerly called the INFINITI JX35, the QX60 renaming aligned the brand’s SUV line-up with their QX designation from the model year 2014 onwards.
They equipped the latest incarnation of this INFINITI model with a sonorous 3.5-liter V6 engine offering 295 hp and a 9-speed automatic transmission.
Sporting swathes of leather, high-tech features, and luxury finishes, the QX60 makes for a fantastic family SUV.
In this article we’ll take a closer look at its average lifespan and reliability.
Here is the short answer to how long INFINITI QX60 last:
The INFINITI QX60 has proven to be a dependable and durable SUV that can last between 250,000 – 300,000 miles with regular maintenance. Driving an average of 15,000 miles annually, you can expect the INFINITI QX60 to provide 15 to 20 years service before becoming uneconomical to repair thereafter.
How Many Miles Can You Expect from an INFINITI QX60?
The INFINITI QX60 is a luxury vehicle and as a premium brand we expect it to last a long time.
Based upon the Nissan Pathfinder, they engineer the INFINITI QX60 to be reliable and dependable for 250,000 to 300,000 miles, and more.
Nissan is a Japanese automaker with a reputation for producing durable vehicles since its launch in 1933, their INFINITI division has earned its status as a premium and dependable brand for the past 32 years in the United States.
Quality of materials and design play a major role when it comes to longevity, ultimately though it is down to the owners to get the most life from their vehicle.
To keep your QX60 running smoothly for many years to come, we recommend:
- Keeping up to date with the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule
- Carrying out basic routine checks such as tire pressures and fluid levels.
- Adopting smooth driving habits to reduce wear and tear on components
Do INFINITI QX60 Rust Easily?
The INFINITI QX60 has a sound record of rust durability.
Across two generations and eight years of QX60 models in the United States, there are very few complaints of rust issues on QX60 models.
The most common rust complaints reported by customers are to the following areas of 2014 and 2015 QX60 model-years:
- Around rear tail-light clusters
According to INFINITI’s website, they provide an 84-month limited warranty on corrosion.
If your INFINITI QX60 is 7 years and younger, your local INFINITI dealership will cover the rust protection, treatment, repaint, and replacement of affected parts under warranty.
INFINITI dealerships also offer customers rust protection and undercarriage coatings.
It’s important to note that the salt used to de-ice the winter roads has an adverse effect on cars. Salt, moisture, and salty air can induce the spread of rust.
Rust will be much more of an issue for those living in coastal areas, regions with high rainfall and states that aggressively salt their roads in the winter.
Rust can affect any vehicle, but with conscientious maintenance and care you can keep rust at bay, some general tips are:
- Wash your car (and its underside) regularly after rains, muddy trips and snow travels on salted roads to remove the grit and grime that causes rust.
- Have your car treated to a rust-proofing spray and ceramic coating to add another layer of defense to your vehicle’s paint, exposed chassis and components.
- If you have access to a garage, always park your vehicle in a dry, roofed area to reduce the likelihood of rust attacking your vehicle
What is High Mileage for an INFINITI QX60?
A QX60 with over 120,000 miles on the clock is considered high mileage and a riskier investment although there are many factors to take into account, primarily the vehicle’s maintenance history.
Buying a used QX60 with over 120k miles doesn’t necessarily mean a sour outcome.
Some important factors to consider are:
- Service history. That the vehicle was properly serviced and the owner can provide proof of this.
- How many owners there were. As a general rule less is better. More owners usually means more wear and tear. If one family owned it and drove the full 120k miles and serviced the car, then you can almost guarantee they took good care of it throughout ownership.
- Check the CarFax. This doesn’t guarentee anything but can help give a clearer picture of wear and tear. Make sure it has minimal damage, if any. Analyze the data to make sure if something did happen, it wasn’t engine related or mechanical.
- How long you are planning on keeping the car. If you’re planning on keeping the car for many years, you have to ask yourself – do the short-term savings outweigh spending a little extra into something more reliable.
How Long Do INFINITI QX60 Last Compared to Similar Car Models?
When you’re researching the INFINITI QX60, assess how it compares to its closest rivals.
By doing so, you’ll learn more about the vehicle you’re interested in and see how it will best suit your needs.
INFINITI QX60 vs. Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander and INFINITI QX60 are both true 7-seater SUVs.
The Highlander has been in production since 2000 and available in the US market since 2001.
As with the INFINITI QX60, the Toyota Highlander is also a robust and reliable SUV that can last between 250,000 – 300,000 miles. While the INFINITI QX60 is more expensive than its rival.
According to sources RepairPal’s website:
• The Toyota Highlander scores a reliability rating of 4.0/5 giving the Highlander an above-average reliability ranking and placing it 7th out of 26 mid-size SUVs.
• The INFINITI QX60 scores a reliability rating of 3.5/5, which is this vehicle segment’s average reliability ranking.
• The Highlander has an annual average repair and maintenance cost of around $489, while the QX60 has an average annual repair cost of $639.
According to Car Edge’s website,
• The Toyota Highlander has an average annual maintenance cost of $5,771 for its first 10 years of service.
• The INFINITI QX60 will on average cost $10,805 for maintenance for its first 10 years of service.
• Although the INFINITI QX60’s maintenance and service costs are higher per year than the Toyota Highlander, the INFINITI QX60 is still better than half of its rival SUVs.
Prospective buyers of the INFINITI QX60 will most likely select this vehicle for its luxury, technology, and premium quality, while those who seek an SUV with a slightly larger cabin and cargo space will find the Toyota Highlander better suited.
INFINITI QX60 vs. Acura MDX
As INFINITI is the luxury arm of Nissan, so is Acura, the luxury brand for Honda vehicles in the United States.
The Acura MDX is also a three-row midsize luxury SUV, and it ranks as the second-best selling midsize SUV in the United States.
The Acura MDX is built upon the underpinnings of Honda’s reliability, and this model can last 250,000 – 300,000 miles (with some owners even reporting 400,000 miles). For drivers that average 15,000 miles per year, the Acura MDX will offer 15 to 20 years of dependable service.
According to RepairPal,
• The Acura MDX has an above-average reliability rating of 4.0/5 and is ranked 2nd out of 14 for luxury midsize SUVs.
• The INFINITI QX60 scores a reliability rating of 3.5/5 and is 2nd in the full-size SUV category.
• The MDX has an annual average repair and maintenance cost of around $571, while the QX60 has an average annual repair cost of $639.
According to Car Edge,
• The Acura MDX has an average annual maintenance cost of $9,820 for its first 10 years of service.
• The INFINITI QX60 will on average cost $10,805 for maintenance for its first 10 years of service.
• The maintenance and service costs of the INFINITI QX60 and Acura MDX are similar for these premium SUVs.
Both these SUVs are similarly matched in terms of equipment, technology, and quality.
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INFINITI QX60 vs. Nissan Pathfinder
The Nissan Pathfinder is the vehicle upon which INFINITI has based its QX60.
The QX60 is the luxury and premium version of Nissan’s Pathfinder.
The Nissan Pathfinder will last 250,000 – 300,000 miles before requiring major and uneconomical repairs. According to Pathfinder owners, these models can last for 15 – 20 years, provided that regular and thorough maintenance on the vehicle is completed.
The Pathfinder and QX60 might share the same underpinnings, but different badging, interior and exterior styling cues, and a re-tweaked engine in the QX60 equate to more than $10,000 difference in sticker prices.
The engines are almost identical in both models, where the range-topping engine in the QX60 receives an 11 hp increase in power and an 11 lb-ft of torque, over that of the Nissan Pathfinder.
This doesn’t change the driving dynamics too vastly and owners can expect very similar amounts of power.
According to RepairPal,
• The Pathfinder is rated with a reliability score of 3.5/5 and is ranked 17th out of 26 midsize SUVs to give it an average reliability score.
• The QX60 scores a reliability rating of 3.5/5 and ranks this model 2nd out of 19 luxury full-size SUV models.
• The Pathfinder has an annual average repair and maintenance cost of around $542, while the QX60 has an average annual repair cost of $639.
According to Car Edge’s website,
• The Pathfinder has an average maintenance cost of $7,558 for the first 10 years of its serviceable life.
• INFINITI’s QX60 has an average maintenance cost of $10,805 for the first 10 years of its life.
• The Nissan Pathfinder is ranked as the 5th most reliable vehicle amongst the popular SUV models, while the INFINITI QX60 is ranked 4th most reliable model amongst luxury SUV models.
The only discernible difference between these two models are cosmetic treatments and badging.
Mechanically, these two vehicles are near-identical. In terms of luxury appointments, the QX60 is a step above the Pathfinder in creature comforts.
Prospective buyers of either of these cars should consider both models carefully before buying one instead of the other.
How Reliable Is an INFINITI QX60?
The INFINITI QX60 is a luxury SUV that competes for sales against the Germans’ BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Mercedes-Benz GLS, but outperforms all three in terms of reliability.
The INFINITI QX60 has scored favorably with consumer and expert reviews:
- The Kelley Blue Book consumer rating index gives the INFINITI QX60 a reliability rating of 4.1 out of 5.
- RepairPal scored the QX60 a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5.
- JD Power rated the QX60 with a reliability rating of 81 out of 100.
These consumer reports and assessments allow us to state that the INFINITI QX60 is a reliable and dependable SUV.
Reliability Compared to Other Luxury SUVs
|Infiniti QX80||3.5 / 5.0|
|Infiniti QX60||3.5 / 5.0|
|Lincoln MKS||3.0 / 5.0|
|Infiniti JX35||3.0 / 5.0|
|Lincoln Navigator||2.5 / 5.0|
|Cadillac Escalade||2.5 / 5.0|
|Lincoln MKT||2.5 / 5.0|
|Audi Q7||2.5 / 5.0|
|Cadillac Escalade EXT||2.5 / 5.0|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||2.5 / 5.0|
|Mercedez-Benz R350||2.5 / 5.0|
|Infiniti QX56||2.5 / 5.0|
|BMW X5||2.0 / 5.0|
|Cadillac Escalade ESV||2.0 / 5.0|
|Land Rover Range Rover||2.0 / 5.0|
|BMW X6||2.0 / 5.0|
|Mercedes-Benz GL450||1.5 / 5.0|
|Mercedes-Benz GL350||1.0 / 5.0|
|Mercedes-Benz GL550||1.0 / 5.0|
|Avg. Luxury Fullsize SUV||2.5|
Source: Repair Pal
The Best and Worst Years for INFINITI QX60
We investigated the model years of the INFINITI QX60 from its introduction in the United States in 2013 (under the nameplate of JX) to its second generation currently in production.
To compile the best model years of the QX60, we used the Car Complaints database.
Worst Model Year
The 2017 INFINITI QX60 carries the most overall consumer complaints and has been dubbed the worst model year.
Car Complaints drew this rating from several factors, namely higher repair costs and lower average mileage of when faults occurred.
The most reported issues with the 2017 INFINITI QX60 were:
- Oil sludge: the average mileage of this problem occured around 30,000 miles and was resolved by replacing the engine.
- Shaking and humming transmissions: Customers who experienced transmission faults reported these at an average mileage of 55,250 miles.
Both faults were repaired and replaced under warranty at no charge for the customers.
On Car Complaints alone, there are over 7 complaints about the 2017 year of INFINITI QX60.
As a model listed on carcomplaints.com, there are only 18 reported consumer complaints.
This further backs up the brand’s reliability and dependability.
Best Model Year
While the INFINITI QX60 has undergone only two generations, the second generation was launched only in 2021 while the first generation was released in 2013.
The best model years are the 2016 model year (which saw the QX60 undergo a mid-life refresh) and the 2018 – 2020 model years of the first generation.
The 2016 model year drew just 1 consumer complaint, while the 2018 to 2020 model years received no complaints.
The second generation has not been on the market long enough for complaint records to be created.
However, what we do know is the 2022 QX60 looks more stylish and athletic than ever before.
Model Year and Number of Complaints
We have created a table of the full listings of consumer reports published by carcomplaints.com, bringing you each model year with its stated number of complaints.
|Model Year||Number of Complaints|
|2020||0 (Best Year)|
|2019||0 (Best Year)|
|2017||7 (Worst Year)|
What About Recalls for These Models?
When publishing this report, the INFINITI QX60 has a total of 10 recalls across all model years, derivatives, and trim lines, from brakes to airbags and wheels.
It is important to note that recalls are manufacturing faults repaired at no charge to the consumer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the authority that oversees the recall campaigns in the United States.
Here are the total number of recall campaigns per year for the INFINITI QX60:
- 2022: 0
- 2021: 0
- 2020: 0
- 2019: 2
- 2018: 1
- 2017: 0
- 2016: 1
- 2015: 1
- 2014: 2
- 2013: 1
INFINITI QX60 Model Year List
Here are all the model years for the INFINITI QX60:
- 2013 INFINITI QX60
- 2014 INFINITI QX60
- 2015 INFINITI QX60
- 2016 INFINITI QX60
- 2017 INFINITI QX60
- 2018 INFINITI QX60
- 2019 INFINITI QX60
- 2020 INFINITI QX60
- 2021 INFINITI QX60
- 2021 INFINITI QX60
- 2022 INFINITI QX60
Are INFINITI QX60 Expensive to Maintain?
According to RepairPal, the INFINITI QX60 has an annual repair cost of $639, while the average annual service and maintenance cost for luxury midsize SUVs is $807.
The average cost of annual maintenance and service for midsize SUVs is $573.
|Model||Avg. Annual Repair Cost||Frequency of|
Unscheduled Repairs (per year)
|Probability of Severe|
|Cadillac Escalade EXT||$940||0.6||21%|
|Land Rover Range Rover Sport||$1,179||0.7||16%|
|Cadillac Escalade ESV||$1,127||0.5||22%|
|Land Rover Range Rover||$1,258||0.6||19%|
|Avg. Luxury Fullsize SUV||$1,127||0.7||19%|
How Long Do the Brakes Last?
The life of your INFINITI QX60’s brakes pads and rotors depend on several factors, including driving style and driving environment.
The average INFINITI QX60 brakes last on average between 25,000 – 65,000 miles, while many consumers report reaching well over 80,000 miles.
The lifespan of brakes can vary. One such element is the driving environment (whether driving mostly on highways or in stop-start city traffic) that plays a massive role: driving on highways means less frequent braking actions to extend the life of brakes.
You may also be interested in our article: How Long Do Audi Q7 Last?
How Long Do the Tires Last?
An INFINITI QX60’s tire life ranges from 30,000 – 65,000 miles before needing to be replaced. The average lifespan of factory-fitted tires on INFINITI QX60s is 50,000 miles.
- Tires have a life of around 4 to 5 years and the tread depth depends on mileage driven.
- The less often a vehicle is driven, the longer the tires will last.
- The legal tread wear limit is 2/32 of an inch deep.
- You should have your tires rotated roughly every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear
How Long Do the Transmissions Last?
The first generation (from 2013 to 2021) of INFINITI QX60 made use of a continuously variable transmission (CVT). They rated this CVT transmission to last 250,000 – 300,000 miles. The second generation QX60 features a 9-speed automatic transmission with a similar transmission lifespan expected.
As with all vehicle components, smooth, careful, and considered driving and meticulous maintenance will ensure components such as transmissions will operate smoothly for the lifespan of a vehicle.
How Long Do INFINITI QX60 Batteries Last?
INFINITI QX60 batteries should last between 3-5 years. This can vary, depending on factors such as driving habits, climate, the type of battery, and more.
Four tips to help prolong your QX60s battery life:
- Keep you battery tightly fastened: The vibrations of your car can loosen the connections potentially resulting in short circuits and internal damage.
- Limit short rides: Quick car rides prevent the battery from fully charging. To help maintain battery power, drive your Forester frequently and for extended periords.
- Control Corrosion: Clean the terminals (toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water mixture) and keep them free from buildup.
- Sorage: Keep your QX60 stored indoors away from extreme changes in temperature
How Long Do the Spark Plugs Last?
The spark plugs of an INFINITI QX60 need replacement every 105,000 miles or 126 months, according to the vehicle’s service and maintenance manual.
You may also be interested in our article: how long do Infiniti Q50 last?
What About Insurance Cost?
The INFINITI QX60 costs an average of $1,730 for full insurance coverage per year, or about $144 per month.
Tips to Prolong the Life of Your INFINITI QX60
Your INFINITI QX60 is a premium vehicle and you will want to extend its life as long as possible to enjoy its luxury and comfort features. Here are some tips on how to prolong the life of your INFINITI QX60:
- Read the owner’s manual and service manual to follow the maintenance schedules.
- Wash your vehicle regularly to protect the paint and prevent rust from developing.
- Regularly check the engine oil, coolant, and brake fluid levels to top them up if necessary.
- Drive carefully and smoothly.
- Store your vehicle in a garage if possible.
- Don’t overload your vehicle or tow beyond its limits.
- Keep on top of repairs to prevent them from developing into larger problems.