2020 Infiniti QX50

Pros: Responsive 4-cylinder engine; posh interior; generous passenger and cargo room for the size

Cons: Real-world fuel economy falls short of EPA numbers; many desirable features restricted to upper trim levels and require expensive option packages

CG Says: After last year’s redesign, the 2020 Infiniti QX50 adds standard safety features and two new trim levels. Blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear cross traffic alert are now standard on all models. There is also a new infotainment system that includes Apple/CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. New Sensory and Autograph models now top the range. The QX50 is a premium compact crossover with seating for five. The sole powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter “VC-Turbo” 4-cylinder paired with a CVT automatic transmission. The engine makes 268 horsepower and utilizes innovative variable-compression-ratio technology. The model lineup ascends through Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph trim levels, all of which are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Available safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure intervention. Also available is Distance Control Assist, a feature that monitors what’s in front of you and pushes back on the throttle pedal if the vehicle ahead is closer than the pre-set distance (which is set by the driver). Other available features include Infiniti’s ProPILOT Assist driving-aid system, adjustable Direct Adaptive Steering, and a head-up display. The QX50 offers sleek styling, a nicely finished cabin, decent room for both people and cargo, and a long list of high-tech available features. The ambitious new 4-cylinder powertrain supplies ample power, but our real-world fuel-economy numbers didn’t quite live up to the EPA estimates. Also, getting many desirable features means stepping up to top-line trim and pricey option packages. Still, the QX50 is an elegant package that offers a compelling mix of sport and utility.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Infiniti
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices Pure: $38,275
AWD Pure: $40,275
Luxe: $41,275
AWD Luxe: $43,275
Essential: $45,125
AWD Essential: $47,125
Sensory: $49,925
AWD Sensory: $51,925
Autograph: $54,875
AWD Autograph: $56,875

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2020 Infiniti QX50
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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