Infiniti QX50

2016 Infiniti QX50

The Infiniti QX50 features a longer body for the 2016 model year, dramatically enhancing its utility. Rear-seat riders can rejoice, because the 2016 QX50 excels in second-row accommodations.

Pre-2016 QX50 models (including the earlier Infiniti EX) were lauded for being focused on the driver, but the back seats were considered to be cramped.

By adding 3.2 inches to the wheelbase, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 is suitable for four adults. Total interior space has grown, along with rear-seat knee room. The front seats, as before, offer plenty of room, with snugly bolstered backrests.

Changes for the 2016 model year, though extensive, are not easy to spot. The added length, absorbed visually in the rear doors, makes the QX50 look better. The primary difference is longer rear doors. Up front, the grille has been restyled, coupled with new LED foglamps and daytime running lights. New door mirrors incorporate LED turn-signal indicators. Restyled 18- and 19-inch wheels are available. Ride height has been increased by four-fifths of an inch.

Built on a Q50 sports-sedan chassis, the Infiniti QX50 hardly ranks as rugged or off-road capable. What it offers is an abundance of driving dynamics, resulting in responsive road manners. More than most rivals, the QX50 handles like a sports sedan. Ride comfort and handling prowess dont quite match Infinitis sweetly balanced Q50 sedan, but the QX50 isnt far off the mark, tilting favorably toward the sporty end of the spectrum.

Under the hood, a 325-horsepower V6 teams with an excellent 7-speed automatic transmission, providing quick responses. The transmission and engine work eagerly in unison, delivering a throttle-blip for rev-matching during downshifts. When pressed, the engine sounds loud and unrefined for a luxury vehicle.

Gas mileage is down slightly with the extended body, and isnt very good for its class. The QX50 is EPA-rated at 17/24 mpg City/Highway, and 20 mpg Combined. Those figures might be more appropriate for a bigger, three-row SUV.


2014 Infiniti QX50

The Infiniti QX50 is a crossover SUV previously known as the EX37. Based on the architecture used by Nissan Z sports car and Infiniti Q60 coupe, the QX50 is sort of a cross between a wagon and a coupe but slightly taller. Whatever you call it, the Infiniti QX50 strikes a nice balance between sportiness and luxury.

The Infiniti QX50 comes with a 3.7-liter V6, 7-speed automatic transmission, fully independent suspension and rear-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive and the powerful V6 gives it a sporty character and it feels more car-like underway than most crossovers.

This vehicle was last redesigned for the 2008 model year when it was dubbed the EX35. The headlights were reshaped for 2010 and the 3.5-liter V6 engine was replaced by a 3.7 engine. The nomenclature was switched over to QX50 for 2014.

QX50 can seat five, but we found it much more comfortable with four. The cabin boasts rich, soft-touch materials and a stylish design. All of the controls are within easy reach.

Room up front is good, but taller drivers will want more headroom, especially if they opt for a moonroof. The back seats offer decent room, but its tight when the front seats are all the way back. Both rows are easy to enter and exit, thanks to a relatively low ride height, higher than that of a sedan, but not as high as that of most SUVs.

Cargo room is plentiful thanks to the hatchback design, though many SUVs offer more space. A power-folding second row eases the process of loading items in the back, and they can be brought back up from the drivers seat, handy when pulling up to the curb to pick up passengers.

The 3.7-liter V6 makes 325 horsepower and is mated to the 7-speed automatic transmission that has a manual shiftgate (but no paddle shifters). It accelerates from a standstill quickly and offers strong passing response at highway speeds. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg City/Highway.

The QX50 comes with a choice of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The AWD is meant for on-road use and is beneficial in foul weather. QX50 AWD is EPA-rated at 17/24 mpg City/Highway.

The QX50 drives like a sedan with a slightly elevated ride height. Handling is responsive, and the brakes and steering feel natural and inspire confidence. The QX50 rides smoothly, not as firm as the Acura RDX and a bit less driver-focused than the BMW X3.

The Around View Monitor shows obstacles 360 degrees around the vehicle, making it easier to maneuver in tight quarters. The QX50 also comes with Distance Control Assistant. Theres a hard drive available with 9.3 gigabytes of storage for music files. The Lane Departure Prevention system enhances safety by lightly applying the brakes on one side to steer the vehicle back into its lane should it start crossing lane lines, for example, if you fall asleep. Infiniti Personal Assistant offers 24-hour access to live concierge services.



 

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