New & Used Infiniti QX50: In Depth
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Many car enthusiasts can spot the differences between an G sedan from a M sedan or an FX from an EX crossover, but can you? Apparently, too few shoppers could notice these differences.
Instead of moving to model names, Infiniti is moving to a different alphanumeric nomenclature—with all of its models now starting with 'Q'. Sedan badges start with the letter 'Q', and all of its utility vehicles with the 'QX' prefix. Those letters are followed by a two-digit number in multiples of ten.
Expect most of the EX37's features and presentation to continue into its name change to the QX50, and rival models to the QX50 will still include the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC60.
Just as before, with the EX, the QX50 is a vehicle that's essentially a tall-roofed wagon version of a serious sport sedan, and trail ruggedness isn't at all part of the equation.
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.
For 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 still 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 new 2014 Infiniti QX50 will be 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.