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Infiniti QX50 Review

Test drivers enjoy the 2016 Infiniti QX50’s roomy seating, powerful engine and sporty handling, but they wish it had better fuel economy.

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The 2016 Infiniti QX50 provides ample power and robust acceleration with its V6 engine, according to critics. They add that the seven-speed automatic transmission delivers silky shifts. As a result of its powerful engine, the QX50 delivers poor fuel economy for the class, getting an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway. Test drivers praise the athletic feel of the QX50 and note that its deft handling makes driving it a blast. They say the ride is smooth and quiet.

Automotive writers say the 2016 QX50’s interior is attractive and filled with high-end materials, although some think the design is a little dated. The seats are supportive, they add, and the rear seats provide enough legroom for adults to sit comfortably. Standard features in the 2016 QX50 include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, a 7-inch display screen, a power moonroof and a rearview camera. Available features include voice recognition capabilities, navigation, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot warning and forward collision warning with brake assist. Test drivers say the infotainment system is user-friendly and the optional touch screen is reactive, although most wish the display was larger. The QX50 has below-average cargo space for the class

  • "If you want an entry-level luxury SUV that emphasizes power and fun driving dynamics, the new Infiniti QX50 deserves a very hard look. Best of all, it's a striking value. That you can get a very well-equipped QX50 for under $36,000 proves that luxury, practicality, dynamics and value are not mutually exclusive in a small SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The crossover still isn't the most practical or efficient in the segment, but its sportiness is finally matched by interior packaging that's good enough to merit wider consideration-a great first step toward making dealers and buyers start caring about this overlooked hatchlike luxury crossover." -- Motor Trend
  • "Taken at face value, there's nothing inherently wrong with the QX50. It is a fine luxury compact SUV that drives well and offers good value with the additions for 2016. But being perfectly inoffensive does not translate to added buyers, especially in a segment this hotly competitive. Infiniti needed to score a touchdown with this makeover to move the needle, but it's settled for a field goal." -- Cars.com
  • "Infiniti's core competence over the past decade has been to deliver luxury sedans that are rewarding to drive, and that sporting personality comes through in the 2016 QX50 crossover. The standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 has always outgunned its class competitors, but now a longer wheelbase gives the QX50 enough backseat room to haul a pair of 6-foot-tall adults comfortably." -- Edmunds

Other SUVs to Consider

The Volvo XC60 ranks near the top of the class in fuel economy and cargo capacity. It earns praise from critics for its exceptionally comfortable seats and the smooth ride it delivers.

The BMW X3 impresses test drivers with its powerful engine lineup and nimble handling, which they say make for an exciting drive. They add that the cabin is spacious and the seats offer plenty of room.

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Details: 2016 Infiniti QX50

The 2016 Infiniti QX50 seats five and features a 3.7-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. There are two trim levels: base and AWD. Besides having a lengthened wheelbase, the QX50 is largely unchanged since the 2008 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable reviews and research from the 2008 to 2016 model years.

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