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2016 Infiniti QX50 Review

The 2016 Infiniti QX50 is one of the few vehicles that combine the functionality of an SUV with the performance of a sports car. This 2-row SUV typically costs thousands less than similarly athletic competitors do, yet it doesn't skimp on luxuries. However, it scores in the middle of our luxury compact SUV rankings and has a smaller cargo space than most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Crisp handling
  • Potent engine
  • Ample seating space
  • Excellent array of standard equipment
  • Below-class-average fuel economy
  • Smaller cargo space than rivals

New for 2016

  • Lengthened wheelbase creates substantially more cabin room
  • More features are standard, including a moonroof




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.7
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2016 Infiniti QX50 Overview

Is the 2016 Infiniti QX50 a Good Used SUV?

While many of the QX50's best assets are tied to its sports-car-like performance, this luxury compact SUV has also been lauded for its high-quality materials and hearty list of standard and available features. Its stingy cargo area and below-average fuel economy rating may lessen the appeal for families and commuters, though.

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How Much Is the 2016 Infiniti QX50?

A comparatively low purchase price is one of the QX50’s standout qualities. On average, you’ll pay about $28,000 for a 2016 model, with overall prices spanning between $23,400 and $32,000. These estimates are based on more than 110 listings for the 2016 QX50 on our used car site, with differences in mileage, options, vehicle condition, and regional demand contributing to the range in prices. In general, the QX50 is one of the least expensive luxury compact SUVs you can buy, and it costs significantly less than other performance-oriented rivals. By comparison, the average price of a 2016 BMW X3 is $32,300, and a 2016 Porsche Macan typically costs almost $54,000.

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How Much Does the 2016 Infiniti QX50 Cost to Own?

You can expect to pay around $28,400 to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain a 2016 QX50 over the course of five years. That’s slightly less than what you’ll pay for these same expenses on a 2016 BMW X3. However, you can trim your five-year expenses by $3,500 or more with competitors like the 2016 Lexus NX and 2016 Acura RDX.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX50?

Though the fully redesigned 2019 Infiniti QX50 has more cargo space and better fuel economy than before, it loses much of the sportiness that helped older editions stand out in this price range. The new powertrain – a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission – has been tuned more for efficiency than quick acceleration. Fuel costs are dramatically lower than with the 2016 QX50 (to the tune of $650 a year), but the tradeoff is that the 2019 QX50 doesn't deliver the acclaimed athleticism that came with the previous generation. An improvement in cabin materials, a few extra standard safety features, and more cargo space are also part of the new QX50 generation, making this SUV more appealing for families.

You may want to check out the 2019 QX50 to see if its new look and feel suit you better than the 2016 model, but first decide if your budget can accommodate an extra $8,600. That’s the approximate price difference between the base 2019 QX50 (MSRP: $36,550) and the average price of a used 2016 QX50. Overall, most shoppers will likely prefer the better value and superior handling of the 2016 QX50 over the 2019 model.

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You won't find a new luxury compact SUV for less than an average 2016 QX50. You can, however, find a new nonluxury compact SUV that's under $30,000 and similar to the 2016 QX50. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 is not as potent as a QX50, but its sharp steering and agile handling create a fun-to-drive SUV. Mazda may not be a luxury brand, but with the top-of-the-line CX-5 Grand Touring trim, you get a healthy dose of luxurylike features (including leather seats and a 10-speaker Bose sound system) for about $29,600. If the inside of a CX-5 isn’t posh enough for your taste, consider a 2018 Honda CR-V. Select the uplevel CR-V EX-L ($29,450), and you’ll get a turbo engine, a leather-trimmed interior, and a power liftgate. The CR-V excels in so many ways that it won our Best Compact SUV for the Money and Best Compact SUV for Families awards in 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Infiniti QX50?

The 2016 QX50 has a reliability rating of three out of five, according to J.D. Power. That's average compared to other 2016 vehicles, but a little below average for the luxury compact SUV class. Competitors from Lexus, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz lead the segment.

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Recalls

No recalls have been issued on the 2016 QX50 as of this writing.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti QX50 Is Best?

The QX50 started life in the 2008 model year as the Infiniti EX35, and its basic layout hasn't changed. Not every model year is identical, however, and there were some key updates made for 2016. Infiniti stretched the wheelbase and overall length of the QX50, and nearly all the extra space was devoted to the back seats, where occupants picked up 6.3 inches of rear legroom and 3.9 inches of knee room. Additionally, goodies like heated front seats and a moonroof were added to the list of standard features. If these updates aren't especially meaningful to you, you can likely save money by opting for a similarly ranked 2014 or 2015 QX50 instead.

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Which Used Infiniti QX50 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 QX50 only comes in one trim. Every model comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. An 11-speaker Bose audio system, maple wood trim, navigation, and power-folding second-row seats are among the available upgrades. For top-notch tech, safety, and luxury features, seek out a model with the Technology package. These models combine all other factory packages and add advanced driver assistance features such as forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot warning.

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What Does Infiniti's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Infiniti offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage.

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. Infiniti CPO vehicles also receive free maintenance for one year. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption coverage may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

Infiniti has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus and Audi are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the QX50?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fully crash tested the 2016 QX50. However, the QX50 did receive the highest rating in every IIHS trial that was conducted, and it earned a four-out-of-five-star rollover rating from the NHTSA.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2016 QX50, and several advanced safety features are available, including blind spot warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, forward collision warning, and the Around View Monitor (a 360-degree camera system).

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX50 or 2016 Infiniti QX70?

If you want similar driving dynamics as the compact QX50 but with a larger interior, the 2016 Infiniti QX70 may tempt you. You'll likely be disappointed, though. The midsize QX70 doesn't deliver the same sharp acceleration and handling as its smaller sibling, and its gains for passenger space are minimal (and nonexistent when it comes to legroom).

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX50 or 2016 Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX is one of our highest-ranking 2016 luxury compact SUVs, and it was our 2016 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money. It's expected to be one of the most reliable vehicles in the class, and its posh cabin does an outstanding job of pampering you and your passengers. As long as athletic handling isn’t your key shopping metric, you’ll likely be happier with the NX.

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti QX50 or 2016 Acura RDX?

If you're looking for a smooth-cruising SUV with more cargo space than the QX50, the 2016 Acura RDX is a good pick. Its outstanding crash test ratings and comfortable cabin will also appeal to families seeking an upscale used SUV.

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2016 QX50 Performance

How Does the 2016 Infiniti QX50 Drive?

The fun-to-drive 2016 QX50 has a powerful engine and athletic suspension. Under the hood is a 325-horsepower V6 engine, which is exceptionally powerful for a vehicle in this class. It's mated to an automatic transmission. To make a spirited drive more thrilling and highway cruising smoother, the transmission employs Downshift Rev Matching. This system matches the engine speed to the wheel speed to reduce the forward lurch that sometimes accompanies a downshift. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2016 Infiniti QX50 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The trade-off for the QX50’s energetic performance is a fuel economy rating that's well below average for a luxury compact SUV, at 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

2016 Infiniti QX50 Towing Capacity

Infiniti recommends that you not use the QX50 to tow a trailer.

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2016 QX50 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 QX50 Seat?

Infiniti stretched the length of the five-seat QX50 for 2016, dedicating nearly all of the extra space to the back seats, so all but the tallest adults can fit comfortably in the rear. The car’s sweeping roofline reduces headroom for second-row passengers, but that’s not unusual in this class. The front seats are praised for their comfort, and standard treats like leather upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat make this vehicle cozy for long trips.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Infiniti QX50?

All three seats in the rear of the QX50 have easy-to-use upper tethers for child safety seats. The lower anchors on both outboard seats can be difficult to use and result in a Poor rating for its ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2016 Infiniti QX50 Features

The QX50 gained more standard equipment for 2016. A moonroof and heated front seats come in every model, along with push-button start, a rearview camera, a USB port, and a 7-inch display screen. The infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use, but the interface feels a bit dated, and the SUV lacks technology like Apple CarPlay and a larger touch screen.

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Dimensions

Infiniti QX50 Cargo Space

The cargo area of the Infiniti QX50 – measuring 18.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats – is smaller than what you'll get with an Acura RDX or Audi Q5.

Infiniti QX50 Length and Weight

The 2016 QX50 is a 15.6-foot-long SUV. Front-wheel-drive models have a 3,855-pound curb weight and 4,883-pound gross vehicle weight. All-wheel-drive models have a 4,020-pound curb weight and 5,071-pound gross vehicle weight.

Where Was the 2016 Infiniti QX50 Built?

Infiniti built the 2016 QX50 in Japan.

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