2014 Infiniti QX50 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Infiniti QX50 was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 8.9

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Infiniti QX50 delivers agile, sporty handling and strong acceleration from its V6 engine. However, some say that if you’re looking for a compliant, comfortable ride, the QX50 may not fit the bill.

  • "Because the QX50 shares much of its chassis and suspension with the old G37 sedan, it naturally rides and drives very much like its sleek 4-door cousin." -- AutoTrader
  • "That the 2014 Infiniti QX50 rides and handles like a high-end car is no surprise, as it's derived from the exceptionally nice-driving Infiniti G37 sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2013 Infiniti EX, while technically a crossover SUV, delivers the superior driving dynamics and confident road manners that will convince you it's a sport wagon." -- Edmunds (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 QX50 is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 325 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class.

Test drivers say the QX50’s V6 is responsive, refined and delivers strong and authoritative acceleration. Some reviewers praise the transmission for its smooth shifts, though others note that it occasionally downshifts too early.

  • "The QX50 is powered by a smooth and refined 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 3.7-liter V6 engine is smooth and responsive and delivers its significant power through an excellent 7-speed automatic transmission. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The V6 under the hood delivers impressive acceleration to create a package that's nearly as much fun to drive as its G sedan sibling." -- Edmunds (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2014 Infiniti QX50 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional. Reviewers agree that the QX50 offers nimble handling, as well as responsive steering and strong brakes. Some test drivers note that the QX50's ride is too firm and can be uncomfortable over rough pavement, especially when equipped with 19-inch wheels.

  • "The steering is heavily but not arduously weighted, and the brakes feel strong and confident even after repeated hard stops. The one place the QX50 could be fairly criticized is on rough surfaces. The base car's 18-in wheels and low-profile tires pick up and transmit road distortions too easily. Toss on the Deluxe Touring package's 19-in setup and the ride can become downright rude." -- AutoTrader
  • "… the steering has great on-center feel, and the handling response and is remarkable for a vehicle of this size." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even with its tall profile, the EX delivers above-average handling, responsive steering and strong braking." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Based on the G37, the EX is blessed with similar dynamics including lively steering and athletic handling." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "Smooth and stable with the standard 18-inch wheels. The Deluxe Touring Package includes 19s, which result in a notably stiffer ride." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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