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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Car and Driver
modern, high-quality materials
not much rear-seat headroom or legroom
The 2014 Infiniti QX50 might be best thought of as a sort of tall, two-door sporty hatchback. It's clear that front-seat occupants have been accommodated-for, in luxury, but those in back won't be nearly as content.
Interior space is where the packaging of the QX50 reveals this model's true intent. The driver and front passenger travel in snug, well-bolstered front seats, with just the right amount of side bolstering for curvy roads. A wide center console also provides useful stow space.
Anyone who needs to sit in the back seat isn't going to be nearly as content. It's one of the tightest we've experienced in this kind of vehicle, with headroom and legroom lacking, and the sloping rear window and high cargo floor limit cargo space and usability. Back-seat space is noticeably smaller than that of class rivals like the Cadillac SRX and Volvo XC60.
In its class, its wheelbase (110.2 inches) and key interior dimensions (18.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats) are among the smallest, which contributes to that lack of back-seat and cargo space. Factor in the low-slung look, and it's a direct consequence of sexy packaging.
You'll find some particularly impressive materials in the QX50's cabin--including supple leather, available wood trim, and no lack of soft-touch surfaces. The only thing that's missing, we think, is a little extra insulation from engine noise.
The 2014 Infiniti QX50 is smartly tailored for two adults; try to add more people and more cargo and you'll likely be disappointed.