Relationships that rely heavily on looks alone don’t typically last, and the 2021 Infiniti Q60 is a beauty that does nothing to upend that paradigm. The Infiniti coupe’s bodywork is both graceful and muscular, which make it one of the prettiest models in a class that also includes the Audi A5 and the polarizing BMW 4-series. While the brawniest Q60 makes 400 horsepower, every version features a strong twin-turbo V-6 and either rear- or all-wheel drive. Unfortunately, there’s no manual transmission and the driving experience is less exciting than we expect from a sporty two-door. We’re especially averse to its optional adaptive steering system, which communicates as well as a spurned lover. Those who want a useable back seat and practical cargo space will prefer the Infiniti Q50 sedan. Still, the 2021 Q60 is a better value than many of its peers; that and great looks make its lack of sportiness easier to forgive.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, Infiniti gives the mid-level Q60 Luxe more standard driver assists. The list now includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. The Red Sport 400 can now be equipped with power-folding exterior mirrors and revised carbon-fiber trim. The paint palette adds Slate Gray and Grand Blue, too.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Unlike other entry-luxury coupes, the Q60 has a standard twin-turbo V-6 instead of a four-cylinder engine. Although its rivals can also be had with sixes, the upgrade inflates their price tags, which makes the Infiniti one of the best values in its class. We’d recommend the Q60 Luxe because of its additional standard equipment, which includes a Bose audio system, adaptive cruise control, and a sunroof. The Luxe trim level also unlocks the Essential package that we’d select. It brings niceties such as heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a Wi-Fi hotspot, enhanced infotainment features, and more. Those who want all-wheel drive can add it for $2000.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every Q60 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 300 horsepower in standard form and 400 ponies in the Red Sport 400 model. That muscle is routed through a seven-speed automatic transmission and either standard rear- or optional all-wheel drive. We’ve only tested the 400-hp Q60 Red Sport 400, but the main differences between it and the regular Q60 are standard adaptive dampers and an optional steering system that Infiniti calls Direct Adaptive Steering. The Red Sport 400 also adds larger wheels with stickier tires and stronger brakes. Still, we’ve driven one without the upgraded steering setup and appreciated its accuracy but wished the effort were higher and the helm were more direct. At least its firm brake pedal provided tons of confidence whenever we had the need to scrub speed.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The 2021 Q60 has different EPA fuel-economy ratings since the coupe is available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The former is expected to earn 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The AWD model is rated at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The Red Sport 400 is rated at 19 mpg city and 26 highway. The last all-wheel-drive Q60 we ran on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, beat its EPA highway rating by 1 mpg (28 observed). We haven’t tested the 400-hp version yet.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the Q60 offers attractive and high-quality materials, but the design is starting to look dated. The coupe also lacks the stretch-out space that many others in this class offer, which contributes to an interior that feels cramped. Still, the Q60 can be equipped with an assortment of desirable features such as upgraded leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. Interior cubby storage is mostly limited to the door pockets and a bin at the front of the center stack. We managed to fit three carry-on bags in its trunk and another seven with the rear seat folded.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Unfortunately, the Q60’s standard dual-screen infotainment system is convoluted. The top and bottom screens respond to touch inputs, but the upper screen can also be manipulated via a rotary controller on the center console. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are standard, and a Bose audio system as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot are optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2021 Q60 hasn’t been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the sports coupe has several standard driver-assistance technologies as well as optional upgrades. Key safety features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Infiniti provides an above-average limited and powertrain warranty; however, it doesn’t include complimentary scheduled maintenance as do some other luxury automakers.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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