IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

The QX50 hits all the premium compact SUV high points—it’s posh, stylish, quick, and fairly nimble, and it offers excellent room for people and cargo inside its sensibly sized exterior dimensions.

BUT…

Getting desirable optional equipment requires stepping up to high-end trim levels.

WORTH NOTING:

The QX50 is available with ProPilot Assist, a driving assistance technology that pairs full stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with automatic lane-centering steering assistance.

WHAT IS IT?

The QX50 is Infiniti’s entry into the popular premium compact SUV segment. After taking the 2018 model year off, the QX50 returned for 2019 in completely redesigned, re-imagined form. switching from rear-wheel-drive architecture to a front-wheel-drive-based chassis in the process. The sole powertrain is a turbocharged, variable-compression-ratio 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 268 horsepower and is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Trim levels ascend through Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph models. All QX50s come standard with features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, keyless entry and starting, a dual-screen infotainment system, four USB ports, a power liftgate, and 19-inch wheels. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, semi-aniline leather upholstery, a navigation system, head-up display, surround-view camera display, front and rear parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, heated steering wheel, and tri-zone climate control.

WHAT’S NEW?

All QX50s get a higher level of standard equipment for 2021, and the Luxe model is now available with an appearance package that includes 20-inch black-painted wheels, dark chrome accents, black grille mesh and mirror caps, and a graphite headliner.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 22/28 with all-wheel drive. In Consumer Guide® testing, a front-wheel-drive Essential model averaged 25.5 mpg in 75-percent highway driving. Infiniti recommends premium gasoline.

VALUE IN CLASS

The Infiniti QX50 does a laudable job of balancing the “sport” and “utility” sides of the SUV equation, and brings impressive luxury to the table as well—at least in the higher-line trim levels. The variable-compression-ratio engine is an impressive piece of high-tech hardware, but its fuel economy doesn’t really impress compared to class rivals. Still, the QX50’s compelling list of standard and available features, passenger and cargo utility, and high style inside and out make it an excellent choice.

2021 Infiniti QX50 Best Buy Review
BASE PRICE RANGE $37,950 – $56,850
BODY STYLES 4-Door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 268-HP, Turbocharged 2.0-Liter 4-Cyl.
DRIVE WHEELS Front or All-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN Mexico
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 22-29 MPG

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