Pros: Peppy acceleration; nimble, car-like handling; posh, well-appointed cabin; attractive mix of car and SUV attributes
Cons: Small, sloped rear window means poor rear visibility; tight rear seat; so-so cargo space; ride is stiff compared to most competitors
CG Says: Nissan’s luxury division has revamped its model names for 2014; all Infiniti cars now carry a “Q” prefix and all SUVs start with “QX.” The 2014 QX50 was formerly known as the EX37, and is not significantly changed other than its new name. With its smooth, powerful engine and well-appointed cabin, QX50 is a sporty, luxurious alternative to the Acura RDX. Like the Infiniti Q50’s comfortable, posh interior, sporty performance, and available AWD but need more cargo utility? This premium-compact SUV has you covered. Note that some desirable safety features, including blind-spot alert, require the purchase of expensive option packages.