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Comparison: 2022 Infiniti QX60 versus 2022 Lincoln Aviator

Which of these roomy and up-market SUVs is the better overall choice?

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2022 Infiniti QX60 

 

Pros 

  • Fuel-efficient gas engine 
  • Excellent towing capacity 
  • Decent driving dynamics 

Cons 

  • No electrified powertrains 
  • Relatively small interior 
  • Captain’s chairs only available in top Autograph trim 

What are the highlights of the 2022 Infiniti QX60? 

Wedged between the compact QX50 and the full-size QX80, the QX60 has been one of Infiniti’s perennial best-sellers in Canada. Redesigned for 2022, the 3-row mid-size SUV has the same wheelbase as it’s based on a thoroughly revamped version of the chassis used in the previous QX60 and shared with the also-redesigned Nissan Pathfinder.  

The base 2022 QX60 Pure trim starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price in Canadian dollars of $54,995. The only powertrain is a 3.5-litre 6-cylinder gas engine with 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a new 9-speed automatic transmission is standard. Standard equipment also includes a moonroof, 7-passenger seating, Blindspot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The remaining three trim levels are distinguished by the level of equipment, with the top-line $67,995 Autograph including such niceties as Semi-Aniline leather seats and second-row captain’s chairs. 

While Infiniti and Lincoln offer four years of factory warranty, the QX60 gets up to 100,000 kilometres of coverage—20k more than the Aviator. 

 

What’s the interior of the Infiniti QX60 like? 

Starting with the $59,495 Luxe trim, the QX60 dash is highlighted by a new digital instrument panel and a horizontally-oriented 12.3-inch infotainment screen extending out of the center stack. As an Autograph, the new Infiniti QX60 has those captain’s chairs and a maximum seating capacity of six. A floor-mounted console between the captain’s chairs can be removed to facilitate third-row access. All the other QX60 trim levels have a middle-row bench seat and seating for seven. Compared to the Lincoln, the Infiniti offers more passenger space for those in the front seats, not so much in the back rows. 

 

How does the Infiniti drive? 

Performance from the Infiniti’s V-6 is predictably good; this new luxury SUV’s dynamics are a pleasant surprise. It turns in smartly and tracks tightly through fast corners yet delivers a flat, comfortable ride even on reasonably rough surfaces and clever tuning of its upgraded suspension. Its steering is quicker than before but lighter at low speeds, and its braking is potent, stable, and linear. The “Sport” mode enhances throttle, steering, and transmission response for a sporty feel among its five selectable drive modes. 

Compared to the Lincoln’s gas-only powertrain, the Infiniti scores better at the pumps, with a 9.7 litres per 100 kilometres city and highway combined estimate. The QX60 can also tow more, up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kilograms) 400 lb more than the Aviator. 

 

2022 Lincoln Aviator 

 

Pros 

  • Choice of two powerful powertrains 
  • Roomy 2nd and 3rd-rows 
  • Fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid  

Cons 

  • Ambitious pricing 
  • Thirsty gas engine  
  • Driving dynamics blunted by weight 

What are the highlights of the 2022 Lincoln Aviator? 

The Aviator is bigger than the 2-row Nautilus and smaller than the full-size Navigator. The Lincoln 3-row mid-size SUV is roomy, quiet, and supremely comfortable, and the amount of gadgetry in the upper trim levels is as mind-blowing as it is wallet-worrying. Like the QX60, the Aviator is based on a mainstream model: the Ford Explorer. 

Starting prices for the 2022 Aviator are in a different league than the QX60, with the $70,900 base, gas-engine Reserve trim costing more than the top Infiniti. You do get more standard gear with the Lincoln, such as LED exterior lighting, puddle lamps, powered tailgate, keyless entry/ignition, programmable key, rain-sensing wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated/power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, plus power-folding seats in the second and third rows. 

One feature the Infiniti doesn't offer is the Aviator's Grand Touring plug-in electric hybrid version, which starts at $82,900 and offers up to 34 kilometres of electric-only driving range. Regardless of the engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting duties in the Aviator, and AWD is standard. 

 

What’s the interior of the Lincoln Aviator like? 

There are places for seven occupants in the 2022 Aviator with a bench seat in the second row. Buyers may also choose a pair of captain’s chairs and a center console for that row, which raises the luxury, but only allows accommodation for six. Lincoln has kept the dashboard neat and tidy, so the 10.1-inch touchscreen stands out in greater contrast. Even the entry-level Aviator has a 12.3-inch digital driver information display. 

If you plan on using the back two rows, the Lincoln offers more room than the Infiniti for both passengers and their gear. The cargo area goes from 519 litres feet behind the third row to 1,184 L with rows two and three folded (versus 411 and 1,178 L in the QX60). The Aviator’s rear cargo space also applies to the plug-in variants, so there’s no compromise with the extra hybrid hardware. 

 

How does the Aviator drive? 

The non-hybrid 2022 Aviator enjoys an extremely healthy 400 hp and 415 lb-ft. Although this heart beats strongly, the rest of the body is heavy: 2,205 kg for the gas versions, compared to the QX60’s lighter 1,992-kg curb weight. Not that the Aviator inspires drivers to attack canyon roads. Most of the time, that muscle is flexed during passing maneuvers. But fewer reminders of the Aviator’s weight while driving would be preferable. And we’d prefer less turbo lag as well. 

The Grand Touring plug-in hybrid versions have even greater output—494 hp and a mighty 630 lb-ft— but despite the electric motor disguising any turbo lag, this and the battery pack add more bulk (2,673-kg). Between this pair of luxury SUVs, the Aviator plug-in scores the best combined estimate at 10.3 L/100 km despite its heft. 

Both Aviator powerplants have selectable driving modes: Normal, Excite (the sportiest setting), Slippery, and Deep Conditions (for terrains like snow, mud or sand). Body roll through corners is nicely contained when linked with the adaptive suspension. Still, this feature’s primary talent is its ability to read the road and adjust the ride quality for maximum comfort. 

 

Should I buy a 2022 Infiniti QX60 or a 2022 Lincoln Aviator? 

These mid-size luxury SUVs offer all the attributes buyers are searching for in this class: plenty of room for people and their gear, all-weather driving capabilities, generous towing capabilities, and the ability to spec them out like luxury sedans. 

The 2022 Lincoln Aviator is worth a look if you are searching for a powerful and roomy vehicle that also has the option of limited all-electric driving. 

However, we feel that the 2022 Infiniti QX60’s clear advantage in pricing, fuel-efficient gas drivetrain, extra warranty mileage, more dynamic driving characteristics and higher towing limit make it the better overall value. 

Specs 

2022 Infiniti QX60 

2022 Lincoln Aviator 

Engine(s) 

3.5-litre gas V-6  

 

3.0-litre turbocharged gas V-6  

3.0-litre turbocharged gas V-6 + Electric Motor 

Horsepower 

295 @ 6,400 rpm 

Gas: 400 @5,500 rpm 

PHEV: 494 @5,500 rpm 

Pound-feet of Torque 

270 @ 4,800 rpm 

Gas: 415 @3,000 rpm 

PHEV: 630 @ 2,250 rpm 

Transmission 

9-speed automatic 

10-speed automatic 

Drivetrain 

All-wheel-drive 

All-wheel-drive 

L/100 km Fuel Economy 

10.8 city/8.3 hwy/9.7 combined 

Gas: 13.7 city/9.7 hwy/11.9 combined 

PHEV: 10.9 city/7.0 hwy/10.3 combined/34 km range 

Warranty 

4 years/100,000 kilometres 

4 years/80,000 kilometres 

Max Seating Capacity 

6/7 

6/7 

Base Curb Weight 

1,992 kg 

Gas: 2,205 kg 

PHEV: 2,573 kg 

Wheelbase 

2,900 mm 

3,025 mm 

Overall Length 

5,033-5,047 mm 

5,063 mm 

Width 

1,981 mm 

2,022 mm 

Height 

1,770 mm 

1,758 mm 

Headroom, Front 

1,042 mm 

1,021 mm 

Headroom, 2nd-row 

953 mm 

975 mm 

Headroom, 3rd-row 

907 mm 

937 mm 

Legroom, Front 

1,126 mm 

1,093 mm 

Legroom, 2nd-row 

906 mm 

990 mm 

Legroom, 3rd-row 

712 mm 

741 mm 

Shoulder Room, Front 

1,538 mm 

1,563 mm 

Shoulder Room, 2nd-row 

1,515 mm 

1,557 mm 

Shoulder Room, 3rd-row 

1,412 mm 

1,372 mm 

Cargo Volume, Behind 2nd-row Seats 

1,178 litres 

1,184 litres 

Cargo Volume, Behind 3rd-row Seats 

411 litres 

519 litres 

Max. Towing Capacity 

6,000 lb (2,721 kg) 

5,600 lb (2,540 kg) 

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