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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
Car and Driver
modern, high-quality materials
not much rear-seat headroom or legroom
The 2015 Infiniti QX50 doesn't make much space for its rear passengers, so it might be easiest to look at this car as a luxurious, sporty hatchback for single folks and empty nesters.
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.
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 its lack of back-seat and cargo space. Factor in the low-slung look, and it's a direct consequence of sexy packaging.
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.
The 2015 QX50 is really only good for two adults and their cargo; Infiniti hasn't carved out much space for back-seat riders.