2021 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: The 2021 Infiniti QX50 adds standard equipment. Rear side airbags, automatic collision notice, acoustic side glass, and Wi-Fi hotspot are now standard on all models. The QX50 is a premium compact crossover with seating for five that was redesigned for 2019. 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, blind-spot alert, lane-departure intervention, rear cross traffic alert, and high-beam assist. 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
ClassPremium Compact SUV
Body Style(s)4-door wagon
Passenger Count5
Drive Wheelsrear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Nation of ManufactureMexico
Base PricesPure: $38,975
AWD Pure: $40,975
Luxe: $42,525
AWD Luxe: $44,525
Essential: $45,725
AWD Essential: $47,725
Sensory: $51,025
AWD Sensory: $53,025
Autograph: $55,225
AWD Autograph: $57,875

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

2021 Infiniti QX50
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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