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2020 Infiniti QX50 Review

The 2020 Infiniti QX50 has an upscale and spacious interior. However, a transmission that performs poorly and a complex infotainment system drag this luxury compact SUV toward the back of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious seating and cargo area
  • Many standard safety features
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Complex dual-screen infotainment system
  • Modest powertrain performance

New for 2020

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Additional standard safety features
  • Sensory and Autograph trims join lineup

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 9.6
Reliability:
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Is the Infiniti QX50 a Good SUV?

Yes, the Infiniti QX50 is a good luxury compact SUV. The QX50 has a roomy and stylish cabin, comfortable seating for five, and class-leading cargo space. It also rides smoothly over rough and uneven pavement. The QX50 comes packed with many standard tech and safety features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.

The snag is that other SUVs in this segment offer these same perks. And in areas where these SUVs excel, the QX50 stumbles. For example, the QX50’s innovative VC-Turbo engine yields good, but not exceptional, performance and fuel economy, and the continuously variable automatic transmission that its paired with does a poor job of making use of the applicable power. Also, the QX50’s dual-screen infotainment system is dated and awkward to use, and popular features like leather upholstery and navigation are limited to upper trim levels, dimming the SUV’s value proposition.

Should I Buy the Infiniti QX50?

The QX50 is a fine option, but you should consider other SUVs in this class first. The BMW X3 and Audi Q5 have comparable fuel economy, and they offer more intutive infotainment systems and snappier acceleration than the QX50. The Acura RDX is another stylish and sporty choice, and it competes closely in price with the Infiniti.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti QX50?

Infiniti redesigned the QX50 for 2019. This new model traded its predecessor’s V6 engine and aged styling for an advanced four-cylinder engine and a much sleeker appearance, from the grille to the taillights. Fuel economy received a boost as well, along with cargo space. Without question, this newer-generation QX50 is a better and more practical SUV than its predecessor, but it comes at a higher price point. You’re apt to find used models from the previous generation, which cover the 2008 through 2017 model years, at considerably lower prices.

Choosing between the 2019 and 2020 models is an easier decision. For 2020, the QX50 adds support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which weren’t previously available. The 2020 QX50 also gains more standard safety features, including blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning, though these were previously optional. If Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are must-have items, stick with the 2020 QX50.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 QX50, 2017 QX50, and 2019 QX50 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 17 Infiniti QX50 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 QX50 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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How Much Does the Infiniti QX50 Cost?

The 2020 QX50 has a base price of $37,250, making it one of the least expensive SUVs in its segment. That said, the price rises substantially for the QX50’s higher trims, topping out around $56,000. Other comparably priced models in this class include the Acura RDX ($37,600), Lexus NX ($36,870), and all-new Lincoln Corsair ($35,945).

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Infiniti QX50 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX50 or Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX shares some of the QX50’s traits. Both of these luxury compact SUVs offer similar starting prices, roomy and upscale interiors, refined handling, and many standard safety features. Both also have infotainment systems with learning curves steeper than you’ll find with some competitors, like the BMW X3. That said, the RDX’s system looks and feels more modern than the QX50’s, and the control layout is easier to use. The RDX also offers punchier engine performance with only slightly less fuel economy. Opt for the Acura.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX50 or Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC has a more luxurious feel than its Infiniti rival. The GLC boasts a ritzier cabin and more available amenities than the QX50, like heated rear seats and hands-free parallel park assist. The GLC lineup is also more varied. There are two body styles (SUV and coupe) and four engine options (255 to 503 horsepower), and there’s even an efficient plug-in-hybrid model. The GLC costs more than the QX50, and its cargo area isn’t quite as large, but we think these concessions are worth it for the Mercedes’ refinement.

Which Is Better: Infiniti QX50 or Infiniti QX60?

The QX60 is a luxury three-row SUV that sits above the QX50 in Infiniti’s lineup, both in size and price. It’s more than a foot longer, and its standard trim costs about $7,100 more than the QX50. Overall, the QX60 is a better pick if you have a growing family. It has seating for up to seven, and its cargo area is larger by about 10 cubic feet. If you don’t need the extra space, save some money and stick with the QX50. Its sleek styling looks almost the same as the QX60 from the outside, and on the inside the QX50 sports a fresher appearance and higher-quality materials. It also has a few popular features that the QX60 doesn’t, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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QX50 Interior

How Many People Does the QX50 Seat?

The Infiniti QX50 is a luxury two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and they have a wide range of adjustments so occupants can find their ideal seating position. The rear seats are similarly plush, albeit less supportive. There’s ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows.

Synthetic leather upholstery is standard. Genuine leather upholstery is available, as are heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear sunshades.

QX50 and Child Car Seats

The QX50 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

QX50 Interior Quality

The QX50 has an upscale interior with sleek styling and a host of premium materials. Most cabin surfaces are padded and soft to the touch, while others are trimmed with crisp metallic accents.

QX50 Cargo Space

The QX50 has 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and a roomy 65.1 cubic feet with these seats folded. That’s the largest cargo capacity of any vehicle in the luxury compact SUV class.

QX50 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The QX50 comes with Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch screen at the top of the dashboard and a 7-inch touch screen directly below it. Other standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a CD player, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Navigation and a 16-speaker Bose sound system are available.

The upper touch screen handles all navigation functions, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s controlled with a dial on the center console. The lower touch screen and its accompanying buttons manage the audio, climate control, and vehicle settings.

This system is awkward to use. Both touch screens have low-resolution graphics and are often slow to respond to inputs. The lower touch screen’s menu structure is particularly confusing.

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QX50 Performance

QX50 Engine: It’s All Variable

The QX50 has a unique turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which Infiniti calls VC-Turbo. This 268-horsepower engine can adapt on the fly to your driving behavior, generating stronger acceleration when you need it or improved gas mileage when you don’t. The system took more than two decades to develop, and it largely works well.

The Infiniti QX50 gets up to speed briskly and has ample passing power on the highway. However, it’s paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that saps a lot of its energy. Throttle response is occasionally slow, and the CVT can cause the engine to drone loudly under hard acceleration. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

QX50 Gas Mileage: Good, Not Great

The QX50 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Both ratings drop by a point with the addition of all-wheel drive. These estimates are higher than average for the luxury compact SUV class, but a number of rivals come very close.

QX50 Ride and Handling: Smooth Sailing Ahead

The QX50’s driving dynamics straddle the line between comfort and sportiness. The suspension does a good job absorbing the bumps and dips of rough pavement while still keeping the SUV stable around turns. The steering is quick and nicely weighted. The brakes offer strong stopping power, though the pedal feel is inconsistent, making stops occasionally jerky.

QX50 Towing Capacity

The QX50 can tow up to 3,000 pounds when equipped with its Tow package, which includes a larger radiator, a transmission oil cooler, and a tow hitch and receiver. However, this package is only offered in the top-of-the-line QX50 Autograph all-wheel-drive trim, which starts at $55,850.

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QX50 Reliability

Is the Infiniti QX50 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 QX50 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Infiniti QX50 Warranty

Infiniti backs the QX50 with a four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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QX50 Safety

QX50 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 QX50 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The SUV earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 QX50.

QX50 Safety Features

The QX50 comes standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, front and rear collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, adaptive pivoting headlights, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system. Also available is ProPilot Assist, a semi-autonomous driving mode that manages vehicle speed, steering, and braking.

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QX50 Dimensions and Weight

The QX50 is 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,807 to 4,098 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Infiniti QX50 Built?

Infiniti builds the 2020 QX50 in Mexico.

Which Infiniti QX50 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 QX50 is available in five trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph. All trims come with a 268-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for $2,000.

The base QX50 Pure trim is a fine starting point for most shoppers because of its many standard tech and safety features. The QX50’s value proposition begins to fade once you get to the upper trims, though. Popular features like adaptive cruise control and leather upholstery are only offered on the Essential and higher trims.

Infiniti QX50 Pure

The entry-level QX50 Pure has a starting MSRP of $37,250. Standard tech features include 7-inch and 8-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, a CD player, and six speakers. Other standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, a power liftgate, LED headlights, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, front and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Infiniti QX50 Luxe

The QX50 Luxe trim starts at $40,250. This trim includes the features of the Pure trim and adds remote start and a panoramic moonroof. Options include heated front seats ($550) and navigation ($700).

Infiniti QX50 Essential

The price of the midrange QX50 Essential starts at $44,100. This trim adds navigation, heated front seats, a surround-view parking camera system, and front parking sensors.

Options are limited to two packages. The $800 ProAssist package includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and adaptive pivoting headlights. The $1,650 Convenience package has leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel.

Infiniti QX50 Sensory

The QX50 Sensory trim gains leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a 16-speaker Bose sound system, and 20-inch wheels. It starts at $48,900.

Two packages are available. The $1,600 ProActive package comes with a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and ProPilot Assist. The $1,050 Climate package includes ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Infiniti QX50 Autograph

Lastly, the QX50 Autograph trim has a starting MSRP of $53,850. It includes all of the Sensory trim’s standard and available features, plus a hands-free power liftgate and adaptive headlights. The only option available is the $650 Tow package for all-wheel-drive models, and it adds a larger radiator, a transmission oil cooler, and a tow hitch and receiver.

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The Final Call

There’s a lot to like about the Infiniti QX50, from its composed ride and comfortable interior to its many advanced safety features. It’s a fine option in the luxury compact SUV class, but it’s not a standout in this competitive segment. Its innovative VC-Turbo powertrain is effective, but the continuously variable automatic transmission sucks the fun out of it by causing the engine to drone and buzz. The dual-screen infotainment system looks high-tech, but its controls are unintuitive. All in all, the QX50 is worth a look, but it isn’t a top choice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • Verdict: The QX50 has a unique powertrain but otherwise doesn't leapfrog its competition." -- Car and Driver
  • "As one of Infiniti 's strongest luxury SUV offerings, the 2020 Infiniti QX50 continues to blaze its own trail, offering buyers a heaping helping of technology, performance and luxury at a price that puts the Europeans on notice." -- Autotrader
  • "The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is vastly improved over the car it replaces, with a more spacious cabin, a much larger cargo hold, sumptuous interior appointments, and new engine technology that blends efficiency and performance. Overall, it's not the most awesome compact luxury crossover, but it packs a lot of value in a segment not known for being budget-friendly." -- Edmunds (2019)
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