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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
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'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength
The 2015 QX50 is nearly identical to the EX37 it replaced last year, and as such, comes with the same standard safety features and respectable crash ratings.
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.
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.
Visibility can be difficult, and there's no wealth of active-safety extras, but good crash-test scores redeem the QX50.