Infiniti QX50 Review
The 2015 Infiniti QX50 ranks 3 out of 17 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Infiniti QX50, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2015 Infiniti QX50 is ranked:
Test drivers praise the QX50's sport sedan-like handling, powerful engine and handsome interior, but they note that it could use more cargo and passenger space.
The 2015 QX50 is powered by a V6 engine that test drivers say produces strong acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers say that it shifts smoothly. With an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, the QX50's fuel economy is lower than that of most competitors, but it's also one of the more powerful SUVs in the class. Test drivers are impressed with the QX50’s agile, sport sedan-like handling, responsive steering and strong brakes. However, some critics think the Infiniti QX50’s ride can be harsher than some rivals’, especially when fitted with optional 19-inch wheels.
Automotive journalists say the Infiniti QX50's premium cabin materials and attractive interior design impart luxury and style. They think the QX50’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, but note that its rear seat offers a limited amount of legroom. The QX50 also has less cargo space than many SUVs in the class, but some test drivers report that a wide liftgate opening and a low load floor make larger items easy to load. According to test drivers, the QX50 features intuitive audio, climate and navigation controls, and they appreciate that the optional navigation system does not absorb and complicate radio and climate adjustments. Standard features include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, satellite radio, push-button start and a six-speaker stereo. Available features include an 11-speaker Bose stereo, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and an Around View camera system, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle to improve visibility while parking.
- "Although the 2015 Infiniti QX50 might seem like a new SUV, it really isn't, having sprung to life nearly six years ago as the Infiniti EX35. Despite its age, Infiniti's small luxury SUV continues to impress with its sedan-like driving dynamics, sensible size and rich interior design." -- AutoTrader
- "Infiniti's smallest luxury SUV, the 2015 QX50, may be getting on in years, but it certainly doesn't look it. The shapely skin is still alluring and the QX50's interior remains one of our favorites, ornate and detailed with rich colors and loads of technological toys." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "While it entails a few compromises compared to rivals - chief among them slightly cramped rear seats and unimpressive cargo space - buyers looking for a practical but fun all-weather vehicle will find much to like." -- Left Lane News
Other SUVs to Consider
The Volvo XC60 earns excellent fuel economy and has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class. Reviewers also love its spacious rear seat, as well as its gentle ride and nimble handling.
Test drivers praise the Audi Q5 for its powerful engine choices, and they say that agile handling makes it fun to drive. The Q5 also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and critics love its spacious seating and premium interior materials.
Details: 2015 Infiniti QX50
The 2015 Infiniti QX50 seats five and comes with standard rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional. It's powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine, which is mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The QX50 is available in two trim levels: base and Journey. The QX50 was previously named the EX. It gained a new V6 for the 2013 model year but is otherwise mostly unchanged since the 2008 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2008 to 2014 model years.