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MSRP: $34,750 - $38,500
Invoice: $32,318 - $35,805
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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Infiniti QX50 Interior

Test drivers praise the 2014 Infiniti QX50’s cabin for its opulent design and high-quality, soft-touch materials. Reviewers write that the design of the dash and door panels, as well as intricate seat stitching and real aluminum and wood trim, give the interior a premium feel.

  • "Luxury is more than just technology and power, it's an art form -- and in the QX50, Infiniti has created a masterpiece. With its flowing dash and door panels, detailed stitching on the seats and wood inlays and colorful interior options, the 2014 Infiniti QX50 really does make its owner and occupant feel pampered." -- AutoTrader
  • "While any buyer of a vehicle in this category will reasonably expect a certain level of luxury and features, the interior of the QX50 really stands out for its stunning styling, its use of upscale materials, and its fine attention to detail." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Both the entry-level model and the Journey trim level feature top-quality materials, including supple leather and genuine aluminum or maple wood accents, integrated with attractive styling and intuitive controls." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Top-notch cabin assembly. Soft-touch surfaces abound. Journey's plush leather is accented by wood trim throughout the cabin and imparts a classy look and feel." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Seating

The QX50 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats are optional. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable and spacious, with plenty of headroom for most drivers. However, they note that legroom is tight in the back seat. One reviewer adds that rearward visibility is poor, but says the large side mirrors help with this.

  • “Soft-touch materials and premium leather are used generously throughout, and the well-designed front seats should allow people of all shapes and sizes to ride in comfort up front." -- Left Lane News
  • "The backseat doesn't offer much legroom, however, so don't expect anything better than what you'll find in most sport sedans." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Good headroom and legroom for average-size folks, but taller drivers may need more space. The comfortable driving position is enhanced by a slightly elevated ride height and supportive, bolstered seats. Huge side mirrors help rearward visibility, which is badly hampered by the small, raked rear window and 2nd-row headrests." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 QX50 comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, satellite radio, a backup camera and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation, Bluetooth, Nissan’s Around View camera system (which provides a 360-degree view around the vehicle to ease parking maneuvers), rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning and lane departure warning.

Reviewers say that the controls for the various electronic functions, such as stereo, climate and navigation, are very easy to use and they appreciate that the optional navigation system doesn’t absorb audio and climate controls, which keeps everything simple. Test drivers also like that the navigation display is large and easy to see.

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  • "There is a wealth of advanced electronic features. The control functions show that very careful attention has been given to their operation. And the detailing is without fault." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We particularly like the large, legible vehicle information display that supports all infotainment functions as well as the trip computer and optional navigation." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it. The optional Around View Monitoring system displays four views of the vehicle on the navigation screen and is easy to use." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

The QX50 has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is less space than many luxury compact SUVs offer. Many other SUVs in the class offer at least 25 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear row. Reviewers say that even with the rear seats folded, the QX50 falls short of the cargo space offered by competing SUVs. However, some write that the low floor of the cargo hold and a wide opening make it fairly easy to load cargo.

  • “If you need more rear-seat legroom or just flat more capacity for hauling things, you probably need something bigger." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo capacity is similarly small, with just 18.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Even with the rear seatbacks folded down, the EX's 47.4-cubic-foot capacity is still significantly smaller than its competitors." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "EX35's wide opening hatch and fairly low height aid in loading cargo. Journey's optional power-folding 2nd row creates a nearly flat load floor with ease. EX35's cabin features large glovebox and deep center console, but has shallow door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 2/11/14

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