• 2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven

    The Infinti QX50 has a hatchback-like appearance from the front
  • But it looks like a proper crossover from the rear
  • The side profile reveals a rather flat roof - almost refreshing compared to other models these days
  • The front end is dominated by the big radiator grille
  • The rear, however, seems a little dis-proportioned due to the smaller greenhouse
  • The interior is rather upscale
  • But we've seen better steering wheels
  • The instrument cluster isn't bad but it's nothing to write home about
  • The gear shifter does have a good feel to it
  • The front nose is actually kind of long
  • The corner air intakes are actually detailed and tgall
  • The front is actually fairly attractive
  • The headlights have a unique style to them
  • The chrome around the grille is a nice touch
  • The fender badging adds a bit of flair
  • The kink in the rear glass definitely stands out too
  • The chrome trim is surely a nice touch, though
  • The taillights have a nice 3D effect
  • The chrome exhaust outlets help ease the pain created by that big grey insert
  • The center armrest is actually a little small
  • The contrasting trim is a nice touch
  • The driver control center seems a little small but it gets the job done
  • The speaker covers do catch your attention
  • Front passengers get 39.6 inches of legrrom and 41 inches of headroom
  • The seats are rather supportive for a vehicle not meant to bend corners
  • Standard electric adjustments get the job done
  • Heated and cooled seats are a nice touch
  • Basic thumb controls help keep your eyes on the road
  • Your right thumb controls some basic assistance features
  • The wiper stalk feels a little cheap for a car of this caliber
  • so does the turn-signal stalk
  • The headlight switch also includes some extra functions
  • The HVAC specs are kind of sporty
  • The heater controls flank a massive, almost pointless screen
  • The upper infotainment screen offers up rear-view camera assistance
  • There's an electric parking brake
  • And a drive mode selector
  • The center console offers decent stowage
  • Cup holders carry regular sized drinks
  • The recessed stack on the dask is interesting
  • Interior fit and finish is decent as well
  • Rear passengers get 38.7-inches of legroom and 39.1-inches of headroom
  • Standard cargo space is pegged at 31.4 cubic-feet
  • The rear seats feature a 60-40 fold
  • Maximum cargo room is pegged at 65.1 cubic-feet
  • There's even a small storage space in the boot floor
  • Automatic shutting and latches
  • Our tester was priced at $55,285.00

The Infiniti QX50 has been around since 2013 but drove straight into its second generation for the 2019 model year. The second-generation QX50 does look sportier, and it does feature better interior materials, but the real news in the VC-Turbo engine under the hood. This is Inifinities prized variable compression engine that is supposed to provide impressive performance along with superb fuel economy. And, it’s all controlled depending on input from the driver. When economy is desired, and the engine is under light load, the engine runs at high compression to cut fuel usage but, if you put your foot through the floor, compression will drop to as low as 8:1 and you’ll get fairly decent performance – almost like feelings Honda’s V-TEC kick in. We got to spend a week with a $55,000 version of the QX50 and, while we weren’t extremely impressed with it, we didn’t exactly hate it either. Check out our photo gallery and thoughts in our review below.

  • 2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    CVT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    268
  • Torque @ RPM:
    280
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • Top Speed:
    143 mph
  • Price:
    55000
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    7/10

QX50 Exterior

2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The Infinti QX50 has a hatchback-like appearance from the front
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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But it looks like a proper crossover from the rear
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The side profile reveals a rather flat roof - almost refreshing compared to other models these days
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The front end is dominated by the big radiator grille
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The rear, however, seems a little dis-proportioned due to the smaller greenhouse
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The front nose is actually kind of long
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The corner air intakes are actually detailed and tgall
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The front is actually fairly attractive
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The headlights have a unique style to them
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The chrome around the grille is a nice touch
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The fender badging adds a bit of flair
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The kink in the rear glass definitely stands out too
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The chrome trim is surely a nice touch, though
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The taillights have a nice 3D effect
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The chrome exhaust outlets help ease the pain created by that big grey insert

QX50 interior

2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The interior is rather upscale
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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But we’ve seen better steering wheels
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The instrument cluster isn’t bad but it’s nothing to write home about
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The gear shifter does have a good feel to it
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The center armrest is actually a little small
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The contrasting trim is a nice touch
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The driver control center seems a little small but it gets the job done
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The speaker covers do catch your attention
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Front passengers get 39.6 inches of legrrom
and 41 inches of headroom
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The seats are rather supportive for a vehicle not meant to bend corners
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Standard electric adjustments get the job done
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Heated and cooled seats are a nice touch
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Basic thumb controls help keep your eyes on the road
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Your right thumb controls some basic assistance features
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The wiper stalk feels a little cheap for a car of this caliber
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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so does the turn-signal stalk
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The headlight switch also includes some extra functions
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The HVAC specs are kind of sporty
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
- image 833173
The heater controls flank a massive, almost pointless screen
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
- image 833172
The upper infotainment screen offers up rear-view camera assistance
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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There’s an electric parking brake
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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And a drive mode selector
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The center console offers decent stowage
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Cup holders carry regular sized drinks
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The recessed stack on the dask is interesting
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Interior fit and finish is decent as well
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Rear passengers get 38.7-inches of legroom
and 39.1-inches of headroom
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Standard cargo space is pegged at 31.4 cubic-feet
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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The rear seats feature a 60-40 fold
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Maximum cargo room is pegged at 65.1 cubic-feet
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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There’s even a small storage space in the boot floor
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Automatic shutting and latches
2019 Infiniti QX50 - Driven
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Our tester was priced at $55,285.00

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 2.0-liter VC-Turbo gasoline
Type Turbocharged four-cylinder in-line with variable compression ratio
Displacement (cc) 1,997 (8:1 CR) 1,970 (14:1)
Bore and stroke 84.0 x 90.1 mm (8:1 CR) 84.0 x 88.9 mm (14:1 CR)
Compression ratio 8:1 14:1 (variable)
Max power 268 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Max torque 280 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
Valves 16
Fuel system Direct injection and multi-port (variable)
Transmission XTRONIC continuously variable transmission with manual shift mode
0-to-60 mph 6.3 secs (AWD) / 6.7 secs (FWD)
Top speed (mph) 143 (230 kph)
Fuel economy
FWD, combined 27
AWD, combined 26

Competition

BMW X1

2016 BMW X1
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2016 BMW X1 High Resolution Exterior
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The QX50 might be a bit larger than the BMW X1, but the X1 is the closest competitor in price and will have a similar output rating. Otherwise, you would have to look at the X3, which starts out closer to the pricing of the QX60. The X1 is currently only offered in the U.S. in one trim level, 28i. It can be had with two-wheel drive in sDrive28i form or all-wheel drive in xDrive28i form. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that delivers 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by an eight-speed, Steptronic automatic transmission with sport and manual shift modes for those who want to get a little spirited every now and then. The sprint to 60 mph takes 6.6 seconds while top speed sits at 131 mph. Pricing for the front-wheel-drive model starts out at $33,100 while the xDrive28i commands $2,000 more at $35,100.

Read more about the BMW X1 here.

Acura RDX

2016 Acura RDX High Resolution Exterior
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2016 Acura RDX High Resolution Exterior
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The Acura RDX has been a big seller for Acura in the grand scheme of things. For the 2016 model year, it went through a pretty sizable update that brought not only a fresh interior, but a new look on the outside that included Acura’s Jewel Eye headlights and a 3D grille that makes the “Acura beak” look a little more tasteful. Inside, you’ll find dual infotainment displays, a two-tone color scheme, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, and an all-around comfortable cabin.

As far as motivation goes, you don’t really get a choice. The RDX is available with just one engine – a 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. It can be had with FWD only or AWD if you’re willing to pay a little extra. Fuel economy is rated for the FWD at 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway while the AWD model gets 19 and 28, respectively. Pricing for the RDX starts out at $35,670 as of the time of this writing.

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