New for 2015The 2015 Infiniti QX50 makes Bluetooth standard equipment for all models.
Vehicle OverviewThe Infiniti QX50 is a compact luxury crossover that is basically a taller hatchback version of the sporty Q40 sedan. The QX50 fits below the three-row QX60 in Infiniti's SUV lineup.
SummaryThe 2015 Infiniti QX50 is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a seven-speed automatic that drives the rear wheels, with optional all-wheel drive. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17/25 mpg (city/highway) and one-mpg less on the highway in AWD models. Notable features include adaptive front lighting, LED taillights, full-speed range adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist, forward collision warning, Infiniti's Around View Monitor multi-camera parking system, lane departure warning (with lane departure prevention), heated front seats, and hands-free keyless access.
The 2015 Infiniti QX50 received a four-star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing received four ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good).
What We ThinkThe 2015 Infiniti QX50 is much closer to its sedan roots than many car-based crossovers. In fact, back when it was called the EX, we often had to remind ourselves that this was more like a tall G37 sedan (now called the Q40 sedan, with the G37's successor called the Q50) with a rear hatch than a small SUV. When we kept that in mind, we found it was easier to appreciate, but families seeking a practical luxury crossover should look elsewhere.
In an Editor’s Notebook review of a 2012 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD we explained, “The EX35 is more of a style statement than an appeal to practicality.” Another editor noted, “Its near-perfect ride and handling balance, communicative and nicely weighted steering, and stylish, comfortable, and beautifully trimmed interior are almost exactly what you'd find in Infiniti's entertaining G37 sedan. Its parlor trick is that it pulls this off while also offering the visibility, entry and egress, and cargo-loading advantages that come with the additional ground clearance over its sedan counterpart.” The downsides were mostly related to interior space, where we criticized the EX for poor headroom up front, a rear seat that was well suited for children, and a sharply angled rear hatch that made it difficult to carry objects. It’s sporty, handles well, and is as tossable when the going gets twisty as anything based on the shared platform. Despite the price difference between the QX50 and the BMW or Audi competition, we said, “the Infiniti EX35 [QX50] is good to drive, but Audi and BMW deliver equivalent or better dynamics in more practical packages.”
- Sporty styling
- High quality interior
You Won’t Like
- Could use more rear headroom and legroom
- Crossover looks without much utility
- Aging powerplant
- Audi Q3
- BMW X1
- Mercedes Benz GLA-Class
- Lexus NX