The 2023 Infiniti QX50 struggles in opposition to its luxury-grade classmates regardless of nice appears and trendy inside. Infiniti’s compact SUV is compromised by a lackluster complicated, variable-compression turbocharged four-cylinder, which fails to ship the promised benefits in gasoline economic system or efficiency. Rivals with typical turbocharged fours such because the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 xDrive30i speed up faster and are equally parsimonious with gasoline. Dynamically, the QX50 skews towards consolation fairly than sportiness, which ought to be a non-issue for many patrons. What they get as a substitute of athleticism and driver engagement is a clean trip and a quiet cabin. The QX50 delivers fashionable appears and an upscale inside ambiance, but it surely lacks the substance wanted to thrive in opposition to its top-ranked rivals.
What’s New for 2023?
The 2023 QX50 carries over from the earlier mannequin yr principally unchanged. We anticipate Infiniti to supply the QX50 in the identical array of trim ranges as final yr, although they could be barely costlier.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
Barring any vital modifications to trim-level construction or tools packaging, we predict the mid-level Important will proceed to be your best option. There’s additionally a good quantity of ordinary tools, together with a 360-degree digicam system, heated entrance seats, entrance parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and extra. Upgrading from the lesser Luxe mannequin unlocks extra choices, too. We expect the Comfort bundle is value choosing because it ups the posh quotient with a power-adjustable steering column, a heated steering wheel, leather-based upholstery, and enhanced reminiscence settings. That stated, those that need all-wheel drive ought to anticipate to dole out one other $2000.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
Since its redesign for the 2019 mannequin yr, each QX50 has been powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes use of variable compression—referred to as VC-Turbo. The engine makes 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque and pairs with a constantly variable computerized transmission (CVT) that directs energy to both the entrance or all 4 wheels. The engine seamlessly swaps between excessive compression throughout regular cruising and low compression throughout arduous acceleration. Whereas it by no means exhilarates when the pedal hits the steel, solely these searching for a critically fast crossover will likely be dissatisfied. Sadly, the engine is loud beneath heavy throttle, and the CVT makes this worse, particularly round city. The Infiniti prioritizes consolation and luxurious, with a compliant trip that’s composed on tough roads and clean on the freeway. Whereas the steering wheel gives little communication with the highway floor, it has correct reactions and light-weight effort. Sadly, the Infiniti’s gentle brake pedal operates inconsistently. This results in a couple of shoddy cease in rush-hour visitors the place the QX50’s nostril dives ahead beneath heavy braking. Nonetheless, it solely wanted a aggressive 164 toes to cease from 70 mph in our emergency-braking check.
Gas Economic system and Actual-World MPG
Regardless of a so-called revolutionary engine touted as maximizing each energy and gasoline economic system, our check automobile was much less environment friendly than marketed throughout real-world testing. The front-wheel-drive QX50 is rated at 23 mpg metropolis and 29 freeway whereas the all-wheel-drive model has estimates of twenty-two mpg metropolis and 28 freeway. All these estimates align with the equally outfitted BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, however that is disappointing when you think about the VC-Turbo engine is meant to be extra environment friendly than conventional options. The final all-wheel-drive QX50 we examined on our 75-mph fuel-economy route—a part of our intensive testing routine—fell wanting its freeway estimate and returned 27 mpg in the actual world. For extra details about the QX50’s gasoline economic system, go to the EPA’s web site.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
Inside, the QX50 may be fitted with quilted leather-based seats, wooden inside trim, and a faux-suede headliner. Nonetheless, these upscale appointments can be found solely on the most costly mannequin. Nonetheless, each QX50 has a cushty and quiet cabin that features a spacious second row with reclining seatbacks that proved to be a spotlight of the 2019 QX50 that we had in our long-term check fleet. The QX50 has 31 cubic toes behind the again seat and as much as 65 cubes with the 60/40 split-folding rear bench folded flat. We managed to suit 9 carry-on suitcases with the seats up and 22 with them down. Each outcomes have been two greater than the X3 held. Whereas our top-of-the-line check automobile had the motion-activated energy liftgate, not one of the decrease trims has this handy characteristic.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The twin-touchscreen infotainment system will trouble some greater than others. We additionally have been aggravated that the heated steering wheel and customized drive-mode settings are solely accessible by means of this interface. Whereas we appreciated the acquainted quantity knob, the rotary controller on the middle console solely operates the highest display. Each mannequin has Android Auto, wi-fi Apple CarPlay, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. A 16-speaker Bose audio system and cellular hotspot are additionally optionally available. Our check automobile did have a number of energy factors, with three USB ports up entrance and a number of 12-volt retailers, together with one within the cargo space.
Security and Driver-Help Options
Each QX50 has a bunch of ordinary driver-assistance expertise that features lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help. For extra details about the QX50’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embody:
- Normal forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Normal blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Normal adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go expertise
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Though many luxurious manufacturers supply complimentary scheduled upkeep, Infiniti doesn’t. It does present aggressive restricted and powertrain warranties, together with 4 years of roadside help.
- Restricted guarantee covers 4 years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers six years or 70,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep
2019 Infiniti QX50 Important AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$59,085 (base value: $46,145)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct gasoline injection
120–122 in3, 1971–1997 cm3
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
280 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
constantly variable computerized
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.0-in vented disc/12.1-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus RFT, P255/45RF-20 101V M+S
Wheelbase: 110.2 in
Size: 184.7 in
Width: 74.9 in
Top: 66.0 in
Passenger quantity: 102 ft3
Cargo quantity: 31 cu ft3
Curb weight: 4164 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 6.4 sec
100 mph: 17.3 sec
130 mph: 41.6 sec
Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 7.3 sec
Prime gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Prime gear, 50–70 mph: 4.7 sec
¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 94 mph
Prime velocity (governor restricted): 137 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 173 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.84 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Noticed: 22 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/metropolis/freeway: 26/24/30 mpg