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The newly freshened 2016 Infiniti QX60 premium crossover, when equipped with Forward Emergency Braking, has received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after earning a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention.

Along with "Good" ratings in the IIHS's five crashworthiness tests, the Infiniti QX60's "Superior" rating for front crash prevention is a result of its performance in both the 12 mph and 25 mph front crash prevention tests. In the 25 mph test, the QX60's impact speed was reduced by an average of 10 mph. The QX60 also received credit for forward collision warning components in its front crash prevention system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) criteria.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, the IIHS's highest award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

"Infiniti is obviously pleased to receive the exclusive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, which reflects the organization's strictest testing standards, for the 2016 QX60," said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "The enhancements to the QX60 for the new model year, especially in the expansion of its advanced technology features, once again raise the standard in the premium crossover segment."

The 2016 QX60 includes a wide range of changes that improve the seven-seat crossover's exterior design and its driving dynamics, while showcasing new features and technologies that improve comfort, convenience and safety.

The QX60 adds to its already strong suite of advanced safety technology with Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) with pedestrian detection – a first for Infiniti – and the brand's exclusive Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) system.
 

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Hi BobOB: I'm a new owner of a 2016 QX60. I am a Manual reader. Hey, that's me !!! But you can explain the difference between FEB system and the PFCW? By the way,the vehicle is terrific. The most comfortable vehicle that I have ever had. I'm 65 years old and have had many many cars. The last 3 were Infinitis : 2007 G35X, 2010 G37X, and just traded (end of Lease) 2013 M37X. All very good cars - the G35X was overall for value, sporty handling, engine and transmission [the 5 speed ], and handling response, probably the best car I ever owned.
 

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Having the original JX35, the Forward Emergency Braking is now improved more. The sensors on the front end are different and two point outwards. They tend to sense a car length ahead of the car in front of you. It now also senses pedestrians walking in front of the car and will put the brakes on and stop the car. It will show the same white car icon on the instrument cluster when it senses something in front of the car. I really appreciated the JX, but notice a substantial braking improvement with the new FEB.

My understanding of Predictive Forward Collision Warning is that it senses when your vehicle is rapidly approaching the car in front of you. You will hear three rapid beeps indicating its time to hit the brakes. If the FEB doesn't sense the vehicle in front of you and you are approaching at a decent speed, you are going to hear the beeps. Unless you see the white car icon on the instrument cluster, FEB will not activate.

Also, FEB when activated will hold the brakes for a few seconds, then sound a beep when it is releasing your brakes.

I always prepare to brake anyway, but really feel confident both systems are going to work the way they were designed. Great when driving in bumper to bumper traffic. Also, FEB is integral with your adaptive cruise control. In my opinion, one of the best systems in the vehicle.
 
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