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MSRP: $35,000 - $38,600
Invoice: $32,550 - $35,898
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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Infiniti QX50 Interior

Automotive journalists praise the 2015 Infiniti QX50's lavish interior. They are pleased that first-rate materials like leather, wood and soft-touch surfaces create an especially luxurious environment. Automotive journalists also find that the QX50's navigation, audio and climate controls are straightforward, though they note that its cargo hold is smaller than most competitors’.

  • "Inside, Infiniti has created a little leather-and-wood oasis to escape to after a hard day at the office. Luxury is more than just technology and power, it's an art form -- and in the QX50, Infiniti has created a masterpiece." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 Infiniti QX50 crossover SUV has an interior that puts the 'luxury' in luxury SUV. With its stunning design, acute attention to detail and excellent build quality, the QX50 makes its owners feel special every time they get inside." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While not enormous, the QX50's cabin is quite well furnished. 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
  • "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)

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Seating

The Infiniti QX50 seats five on standard leather upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats are standard, and heated front seats are available. Reviewers agree that the 2015 QX50's front seats offer comfort, support and enough head- and legroom for most adults. However, they complain that the rear seats lack legroom. A few test drivers note that rearward visibility is poor, but say the large side mirrors help remedy the problem.

  • "On side streets and long stretches of highway, the QX50's ride is fairly compliant, and its cabin is nearly isolated from wind and road noise." -- AutoTrader
  • "Where the QX50 falls short, however, is in its relatively small interior volume. Rear-seat legroom is somewhat cramped. … -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “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 2015 Infiniti QX50 comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera, push-button start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include an 11-speaker Bose stereo system, navigation, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and an Around View monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle to ease parking maneuvers.

Test drivers are pleased with the ease of operation of the QX50's cabin controls. Its information display, which shows the trip computer, infotainment features and optional navigation, is a good size and easy to read, they add. A few reviewers appreciate that the navigation, climate and audio controls are separate, making them all simple to use.

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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." -- 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 2015 QX50 has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. The QX50's cargo hold is one of the smaller in the class, since many rivals offer more than 20 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat. According to critics, even with the rear seat folded, the Infiniti QX50's cargo space is limited when compared with what other SUVs in the class offer. Still, a few test drivers write that its cargo area has a low, almost flat load floor and a wide opening, which make it easy to load.

  • "… available cargo space is on the small side compared to others in this segment. But if the size is sufficient for your needs, you're home free." -- 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: 7/25/14

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