2014 Infiniti QX50 Review
Auto critics say that the 2014 Infiniti QX50 lacks interior space, but has agile handling, a strong engine and an opulent interior.
The QX50 (formerly EX) is powered by a V6 engine that test drivers say delivers strong acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers say that it generally shifts smoothly. At an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, the QX50's fuel economy is low for the class. Reviewers like that the QX50 has nimble, sport sedan-like handling, responsive steering and strong brakes. Some test drivers think the QX50’s ride is fairly comfortable, while others say it is harsher than some rivals’, especially QX50 models fitted with larger, optional 19-inch wheels.
Test drivers think the Infiniti QX50’s interior is well-designed and has impressive material quality, with an abundance of soft-touch panels and classy trim details. Test drivers say the 2014 QX50’s front seats are comfortable and supportive, but many report that the back seats offer limited legroom. The QX50 has little cargo space compared to its class rivals’, but some reviewers note that a wide liftgate opening and a low load floor make larger items easy to load. Reviewers like the QX50’s intuitive audio, climate and navigation controls, and appreciate that the optional navigation system does not absorb and complicate radio and climate adjustments. Standard features include a backup camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port and a six-speaker stereo. Options include an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, Bluetooth, Nissan’s Around View camera system (which provides a 360-degree around the vehicle to improve visibility while parking), adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and lane departure warning.
- "In the QX50, Infiniti has created a small luxury wagon with the driving dynamics of a Q50 sedan and the sensibility of a compact SUV." -- AutoTrader
- "It may wear a different badge on its tailgate, but familiar elements like an agile rear-wheel-drive platform and a strong V6 mean the 'ute remains the sports car of compact luxury crossovers. 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
- "With agility that's remarkable for its size, and a smooth ride over rough and broken surfaces, the QX50 delivers an exceptional driving experience. You'll also appreciate the powerful V6 engine and available all-wheel drive (AWD), which allows the QX50 to deal with just about any reasonably-expected surface. Then step inside and try not to be impressed by the stunning interior, with colors, shapes, materials and surfaces that make this among the most luxurious in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
Reviewers say the Acura RDX has a comfortable ride, refined handling and a smooth V6 engine. The RDX is praised for its spacious, comfortable seats in both the front and back, and the RDX has more cargo space and gets better fuel economy than the QX50.
The Audi Q5 is fun to drive, according to reviewers, who love its upscale cabin design and materials. Additionally, the Q5 has a diesel engine option that gives it exceptional fuel economy for the class.
Details: 2014 Infiniti QX50
The 2014 Infiniti QX50 seats five and comes with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 3.7-liter V6, which is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The QX50 comes 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.