New & Used Infiniti QX50: In Depth
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The Infiniti is a compact luxury crossover vehicle that recently underwent a name change. When it made its debut almost a decade ago, it was known as the EX35, later to become the EX37. Now, as the result of a massive change in Infiniti's naming strategy, it's become the QX50.
There's some logic in the naming now, beyond the initial confusion. All Infiniti crossovers have been given "QX" labels, and all sedans and coupes have received the "Q" prefix. Those letters are followed by a two-digit number in multiples of ten.
Regardless of the renaming, the QX50 is largely the same vehicle that was most recently sold as the EX37.See our 2015 Infiniti QX50 full review for more information, including photos, news, and driving impressions. You can also see the QX50 vs. its competitors.
What is presently Infiniti's smallest crossover utility vehicle competes against the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC60. As before, the QX50 is essentially a tall-roofed wagon version of a serious sport sedan. In other words, trail ruggedness isn't part of the equation--and oceans of interior room isn't either.
In 2013, the EX migrated from being called the EX35 to the EX37, with a 325-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 replacing the 297-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6. It's that version that still is on the road today as the QX50. The V-6 still is matched to an excellent seven-speed automatic transmission, with quick shifts, steering-wheel paddles, and throttle-blip-style rev-matching on downshifts.
Handling and body control aren't quite as great as those of the Q50 sedan (formerly G37) on which the QX50 is based, but they're impressive for a crossover, and steering weighting and feedback are far better than what you'll find in other such vehicles. But fuel economy remains low—even for those who expect it in exchange for the very snappy powertrain performance; EPA ratings are just 17 mpg city, 24 highway with all-wheel drive (AWD), or 17/25 with rear-wheel drive, which is considerably thirstier than most of the alternatives.
The QX50 is already a compact vehicle, but the sleek roofline and performance-oriented layout compound matters inside. While front-seat space is great—airy, in fact, with supportive seats and plenty of legroom and headroom—the backseat space is tight, almost claustrophobic, and if you have taller occupants in front you'll be trading off nearly all the knee space and legroom. The taper of the roofline toward the back severely limits cargo usability, too.
The Infiniti QX50 is sold in four models: QX50, QX50 AWD, QX50 Journey, and QX50 Journey AWD. Standard equipment includes leather seating, push-button start, a power-folding second row, a moonroof, a universal garage-door opener, power steering-column adjustment, and heated front seats. With a technology package, some of the top technology features include an Active Blind Spot Warning system, Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, and Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning.