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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
Although the QX50 is a new nameplate, the virtually identical predecessor, the Infiniti EX37, earned some respectable ratings and offered a good set of standard safety features.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the QX50 'good' ratings in frontal and roof strength tests, but it has neither side nor small overlap frontal ratings; and the federal government hasn't yet tested this model. And we think that since the QX50 will likely remain a small-volume model we doubt it has current plans to test one.
Standard safety equipment in the EX includes dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction and stability control; and a rearview camera. Infiniti also offers Around View Monitoring, which uses cameras around the vehicle to generate a 360-degree view of obstacles when in reverse gear. It's a useful option, because visibility is so limited by the dramatic rear-end styling.
Great crash-test scores and advanced-tech features like Around View help offset the poor outward visibility.