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2014 Infiniti QX50 Review

Despite its great performance scores, the 2014 Infiniti QX50 can’t reach the top of its very competitive class due to rivals’ higher safety and reliability ratings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Sport-sedan-like handling
  • Strong engine
  • Straightforward tech features
  • Poor rear-seat legroom
  • Small cargo hold
  • Less reliable than competitors




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Infiniti QX50 Overview

Is the 2014 Infiniti QX50 a Good SUV?

Our list of luxury compact SUVs is full of good vehicles, and the Infiniti QX50 is no exception. It has a brutish V6 engine and nimble handling alongside impressive interior quality. However, it's short on second-row legroom and cargo space.

Used 2014 Infiniti QX50 Performance and Interior

The 2014 Infiniti QX50 gets the best performance scores in the class due in part to its potent 325-horsepower V6 engine. Acceleration is strong and smooth, and a slick-shifting automatic transmission helps get the QX50 moving with ease. This SUV also has great steering feel, handles corners with enthusiasm and has the agility of a smaller car. The QX50's brakes are strong, but ride quality is a little on the stiff side. Rear-wheel drive is standard, though some models may have all-wheel drive.

The QX50 gets EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class. QX50 models with AWD lose 1 mpg in the city and on the highway.

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The 2014 QX50 seats five on standard leather seats, with power-adjustable front seats. Some models may have heated front seats or a power-folding rear bench. While the first row is comfortable for occupants, the back seat is a little short on legroom. The QX50 also has less cargo space than many rivals. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row and an extra upper tether anchor for the middle seat.

The QX50's cabin shines with an elegant design and high-quality materials, such as wood trim.  Standard features in the QX50 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port, satellite radio, a rearview camera, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a 7-inch infotainment system. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, Bluetooth, a Bose premium audio system, voice recognition, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

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Used 2014 Infiniti QX50 Prices

Average prices for a 2014 QX50 range from around $23,100 for a base model to about $25,600 for an all-wheel-drive Infiniti QX50 Journey. Prices can vary based on where you live, and they’ll depend on the car's mileage, features, and condition.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Infiniti QX50?

The 2014 Infiniti QX50 has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered average across the whole industry. However, many class rivals earn above-average ratings.

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How Safe Is the QX50?

The 2014 QX50 only underwent a few crash tests, but it earned good safety scores. The SUV received the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests and four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rollover test.

A rearview camera comes standard in the QX50. Several other advanced driver assistance features are available, including adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used QX50?

Infiniti introduced the 2014 QX50 as an all-new model, though it's technically a renamed, upgraded version of the EX SUV. There were few notable changes over the first couple years of the QX50, so a 2014 model should provide the most bang for your buck. However, if you're willing to spend a little more, the 2016 QX50 could be worth it. It received more rear legroom and additional standard features, like a moonroof.

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Which Used Infiniti QX50 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 QX50 is available in base and Journey trim levels, with rear- or all-wheel drive. AWD variants deliver slightly better handling, so it’s best to look for one of those. Additionally, nearly all of the QX50's optional features were only available in the Journey model, and only as part of an optional package. Therefore, you'll have to do some hunting to find a model equipped with heated seats, navigation, Bluetooth, driver assistance features, and any other perks you may want.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned QX50. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. Infiniti vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Infiniti QX50 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti QX50 or Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class tops our list of luxury compact SUVs almost solely because of its perfect reliability rating. It also gets marginally higher safety scores than the QX50, though crash testing on the Infiniti was sparse. In other areas, though, the QX50 is the better SUV. The Infiniti's strong V6 engine beats out the Benz's mediocre engine, though the GLK-Class is also available with the V6. The QX50 has better handling, too. Neither SUV is big on rear-seat or cargo space, though they both have luxurious interior quality. Your choice may come down to price. Buying a GLK-Class will likely cost you a few thousand dollars more than a QX50, and its ownership costs are higher as well.

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti QX50 or 2014 Audi Q5?

It's a close call between the QX50 and the 2014 Audi Q5. Both SUVs have an elegant cabin with plush leather and top-notch build quality. However, the Q5 offers greater passenger accommodations with its sliding and reclining second row. You'll also get more cargo space with the Audi. Because of its combination of space, utility, and family-friendly features, we named the Q5 our 2014 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families award winner. Lower Q5 trim levels compete in price with the QX50, but expect a higher-end Q5 to cost more upfront and in maintenance costs.

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti QX50 or 2014 Acura RDX?

The 2014 Acura RDX has slightly better reliability than the QX50. That combined with its similar purchase price and lower ownership costs makes it a better value than the Infiniti. In fact, we named the RDX our 2014 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award winner. It has a spacious cabin with standard amenities like heated leather front seats and a moonroof, as well as more cargo space than the QX50. The RDX's performance is a little more muted than the QX50's, but it should still meet your expectations for a comfortable daily driver.

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