Top Safety Pick

2019 Infiniti QX60

midsize luxury SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights built after May 2019

2019 Infiniti QX60 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60. Beginning with 2015 models of both the Pathfinder and QX60, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1447
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 14
Footrest (cm) 9
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm) 12
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 10

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1447
Head
HIC-15 39
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 15
Femur (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 5
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.52
Right 0.37
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.8
Right 0.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 41
Right 27

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60. Beginning with 2015 models of both the Pathfinder and QX60, the front-end structure was modified to improve occupant protection in small overlap frontal crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger’s survival space was not maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the passenger dummy’s head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Despite intrusion of the door hinge pillar and dashboard, risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CEP1812
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 25
Footrest (cm) 18
Right toepan (cm) 12
Center toepan (cm) 4
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 10
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 21
Upper dash (cm) 15
Right lower dash (cm) 13

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CEP1812
Head
HIC-15 33
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 12
Femur (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 5.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 6
Right 6
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 3
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.55
Right 0.60
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 53
Right 38

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEP1812
Head
HIC-15 34
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.0
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.16
Right 0.14
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 21
Right 27

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4-door 4wd

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on two tests conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification. The first test was conducted on a 2013 model Pathfinder and the second test on a 2014 model Pathfinder. Ratings apply to both model years, but the vehicle specifications are for the 2014 model.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1211 VTF1314
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6 7
Left (cm) 12 12
Center (cm) 9 9
Right (cm) 7 9
Brake pedal (cm) 16 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3 2
Right (cm) 3 4
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0 0
Rearward (cm) 2 3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1211 VTF1314
Head
HIC-15 293 124
Peak gs at hard contact 22 no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 33 14
Maximum Nij 0.30 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 41 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.0 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.6 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 0.40 0.53
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.5 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.4 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 122 104
Right 50 68

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2013 model year, and the Infiniti JX35, a luxury version of the Pathfinder, was introduced in the 2013 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the JX35 was renamed the QX60, and both the Pathfinder and QX60 received side curtain airbag and rear door structural modifications to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1309
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -10.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1309
Head HIC-15 278
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.90
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.34
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 4.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.1
L-M moment (Nm) 135
A-P moment (Nm) 24

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1309
Head HIC-15 63
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 19
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.80
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.7
Combined force (kN) 1.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 66
A-P moment (Nm) 48

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,431 lbs
Peak force 20,719 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.68

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2014-20 models

Seat type: Power cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 7
Distance below top of head (mm) 10
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.1
Head contact time (ms) 61
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 407

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 6 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Luxe trim; built after May 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Luxe trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models built after May 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 92.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 45.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.4 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 45.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.2 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 45.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 152.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Pure trim; built after May 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Pure trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models built after May 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 92.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 45.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.4 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 45.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.2 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 45.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 152.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 59.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 48.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Luxe trim; built before September 2018
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Excessive glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Luxe trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models built before September 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 124.8 m 198.3 %
Straightaway left edge 77.8 m 198.3 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.7 m 19.9 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.9 m 5.4 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.8 m
Straightaway left edge 131.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Pure trim; built before September 2018
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Excessive glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Pure trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models built before September 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 124.8 m 198.3 %
Straightaway left edge 77.8 m 198.3 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.7 m 19.9 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.9 m 5.4 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 139.8 m
Straightaway left edge 131.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 67.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.7 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Luxe trim; built after August 2018 and before June 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Luxe trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after August 2018 and before June 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 77.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 44.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 42.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.1 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 44.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 155.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • Pure trim; built after August 2018 and before June 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Pure trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after August 2018 and before June 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 77.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 44.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 60.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 42.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.1 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 44.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 155.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.6 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Package name

  • Standard Deluxe Technology Package

Applies to 2019-20 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated