8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2017 Infiniti QX50 Review

The 2017 Infiniti QX50 ranks near the top of its class thanks to its robust engine power, thrilling handling, and low overall ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Low ownership costs for class
  • Agile handling
  • Intuitive infotainment functions
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Subpar cargo space
  • Aging design

2017 Infiniti QX50 Overview

Is the 2017 Infiniti QX50 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 QX50 is a good SUV and a good buying decision. It has great overall performance, driven by a muscular V6 engine and engaging driving dynamics. Its safety and predicted reliability ratings are on par for the class, but this Infiniti really sticks out for its value. It has low average prices and should cost you less to own than many more luxurious class rivals.

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How Much Is the 2017 Infiniti QX50?

Prices for the 2017 QX50 range from about $25,000 to about $34,900, with the average price landing around $29,800. This data comes from more than 400 listings for the 2017 QX50 on our site. Exact prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Infiniti QX50 Cost to Own?

The 2017 QX50 tends to have a midrange price among competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. You can expect to pay around $30,000 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, the 2017 Acura RDX's five-year costs are typically about $2,100 less than the QX50’s, while the 2017 Audi Q5's costs are about $3,300 more.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX50?

The QX50 went on hiatus for the 2018 model year and returned as the fully redesigned 2019 Infiniti QX50. Highlights of this new generation include a larger cargo hold, more standard driver assistance features, and newly available active safety features like a head-up display and a semiautonomous driving mode. This SUV also boasts a modern, upscale interior, in contrast to the dated, drab design of the old model. The V6 engine found in 2017-and-earlier models is replaced by a turbocharged four-cylinder that's less powerful but more fuel-efficient. The new QX50 also lacks some of the playful handling of the prior generation.

All things considered, it's hard to recommend the redesigned QX50 over a used 2017 model. The 2019 QX50 starts at $36,550, which is more than even the upper end of the 2017's average prices. Sure, you'll get a nicer interior, but the huge dip in performance may not be worth it. You'd be better off finding a well-equipped used 2017 QX50 for less than what you'd pay for a 2019 model.

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At just under $30,000, the average price of a used 2017 QX50 is thousands of dollars less than the base prices of all new luxury compact SUVs. Both the 2019 Lincoln MKC and the 2018 Buick Envision start at around $34,000.

You may, however, want to consider upper trim levels of some new compact SUVs. A few of these crossovers will give you just as much luxury as the QX50, if not more. Plus, you’ll get the appeal of a new car. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has the best overall performance in the class, similar to the 2017 QX50’s engaging dynamics. It also boasts one of the nicest interiors in the class. The Grand Touring model retails for a little under $30,000, and you can add the Premium package to this model (making the car basically fully loaded) for under $32,000. The 2018 Honda CR-V is well-rounded and ranks near the top of its class. We named the CR-V our 2018 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2018 Best Compact SUV for Families, and there are a couple of nicely outfitted trims around the average price of a 2017 QX50.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti QX50 Is Best?

The 2017 QX50 is part of a generation that began in 2008 as the Infiniti EX35. There were no major changes from 2016 to 2017, so you can likely save some cash and get an identical vehicle by shopping for a 2016 model.

However, there were some key updates made for 2016 that make it a better choice than older models (though a 2014 or 2015 QX50 could probably save you even more money). Infiniti stretched the QX50's wheelbase and overall length, and nearly all that extra space ended up in the back seat. Occupants enjoy 6.3 more inches of rear legroom and 3.9 more inches of knee room. Heated front seats and a moonroof were also added to the list of standard features for 2016.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Infiniti QX50?

The 2017 Infiniti QX50 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That mark is considered average across the industry.

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2017 Infiniti QX50 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2017 Infiniti QX50.

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Which Used Infiniti QX50 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 QX50 is only available in one trim level, and all available features are grouped into packages. A 3.7-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard, with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive available.

The QX50 comes with a nice array of standard features, like leather and heated front seats, a moonroof, satellite radio, and an infotainment system. You'll find a Bose sound system in models with the Premium package, while the Premium Plus package includes things like navigation, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera (these models will also come with the contents of the Premium package). Most drivers should seek out a model with the Technology package, which comprises most of the available driver assistance and advanced safety tech. These features are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring.

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Certified Pre-Owned Infiniti QX50 Warranty

Though it may cost a bit more, a certified pre-owned QX50 may be a better buy in the long run. 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. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully. Together with Lexus and Mercedes, Infiniti has one of the best CPO programs among luxury brands.

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How Safe Is the QX50?

The 2017 QX50 was only sparingly crash tested. It received four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the QX50 Good (the highest rating) in the three tests that it performed.

A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature that comes standard in the 2017 QX50. Available advanced safety features include adaptive headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot monitoring. These features are available in many SUVs in the class, and some models even include them as standard equipment.

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2017 Infiniti QX50 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX50 or 2017 Acura RDX?

Both the QX50 and the 2017 Acura RDX rank high in the class and are value-driven buying propositions. The QX50 has lower average list prices, but the RDX's associated ownership costs are a bit lower. They both earn solid safety and predicted reliability scores, so choosing which is better for you may come down to what you want to use the vehicle for. The QX50 has exciting handling and driving dynamics, while the RDX is more focused on comfort. Each boasts a V6 engine under the hood, and while the QX50's is more powerful, the RDX returns better fuel economy. You'll get more cargo space and better back-seat passenger room in the Acura, as well. 

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX50 or 2017 Audi Q5?

The 2017 Audi Q5 has a posh interior, along with ample passenger and cargo room. Three engine options (including a high-performance SQ5 variant) and athletic handling combine to give the Q5 solid overall performance for the class. However, this isn't a great SUV to buy. Poor predicted reliability and high ownership costs cause the Q5 to rank near the bottom of the class. It also has much higher average list prices than rivals like the QX50 and RDX. Like the 2017 QX50, the 2017 Q5 was the last model before a full redesign – and it shows its age when it comes to amenities. This version of the Q5 doesn't offer a lot in the way of driver assistance technologies compared to other luxury SUVs.

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX50 or 2017 Infiniti QX70?

The 2017 Infiniti QX70 is a luxury midsize SUV, but going up a class in size doesn't exactly translate to more practicality. The QX70's rear seats are a little cramped, though it offers about a dozen more cubic feet of maximum cargo space than the QX50. Both of these Infinitis have the same V6 engine under the hood, which results in identical fuel economy and comparable overall performance. 2017 was the last model year of the QX70; Infiniti discontinued it in anticipation of the fully redesigned 2019 QX50. If you're choosing between Infiniti crossovers, go with the QX50. It has lower average sale prices and similar ownership costs to the QX70.

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2017 QX50 Performance

How Does the 2017 Infiniti QX50 Drive?

The 2017 Infiniti QX50 is only available with one engine: a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 325 horsepower. It’s easy to see why Infiniti didn’t feel the need to offer any options – the QX50’s standard power output is among the highest in this class for this model year. Needless to say, you’ll have more than enough muscle under the hood for wherever your travels take you. A seven-speed automatic transmission complements the engine and makes smooth and precise shifts. Acceleration is formidable, whether you’re taking off from a stoplight or merging onto the highway. Throttle response can be further improved by selecting the transmission’s Sport mode.

In some vehicles, a comfortable ride and sporty handling are mutually exclusive. The 2017 QX50 manages to have both. Steering is direct and firm, so you can easily maneuver through crowded parking lots or city streets. You might notice some leaning or body roll going through curves, however. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. In addition to athletic handling, the QX50 provides a serene ride quality. It offers the expected comfort of a family cruiser, handling bumps in the road with poise. Your trips won’t just be comfortable, they’ll also be quiet; the cabin stays isolated from wind and road noise.

Does the 2017 Infiniti QX50 Get Good Gas Mileage?

What the QX50 gives you in thrilling engine power, it takes away in fuel economy. Its EPA estimates of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway are among the lowest in the class. However, these figures apply to both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. It's also worth noting that the QX50 requires premium gasoline, though that's common for a luxury vehicle.

Rivals like the 2017 Acura RDX and 2017 Audi Q5 are more efficient, getting around 20 mpg in the city and 27 or 28 mpg on the highway. Over the course of a year, you could save $200 to $300 in gas money with the RDX or Q5 instead of the QX50.

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2017 QX50 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 QX50 Seat?

The QX50 seats five people. For 2016, Infiniti stretched out this crossover onto a longer wheelbase, resulting in a more spacious back seat with ample legroom. However, headroom is not as generous, thanks to the sloping roofline. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long trips. All models come with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Available seating features include a power-folding second row, additional power adjustments for the front seats, and driver's side memory settings.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Infiniti QX50?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections in the back of the QX50, plus a tether anchor for the middle seat. This system earns a rating of Poor (the lowest possible) for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS noted that on the driver’s side, the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seat cushions, and space is tight so it’s difficult to maneuver around them. Furthermore, some force is required to attach straps to the hooks. The passenger side fares slightly better in that it’s easier to attach the seat straps. On the plus side, all the top tether anchors are easy to find and distinct from other hardware on the back of the seats.

2017 Infiniti QX50 Features

Standard features in the 2017 QX50 include dual-zone automatic temperature control, a moonroof, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, proximity-key entry, and push-button start. Available features include navigation, an 11-speaker Bose premium sound system, Bluetooth audio streaming, and voice command activation.

Most of the QX50's amenities aren’t as up to date as what you'd find in rivals. The base infotainment screen is only 7 inches; many competitors offer larger displays. From a functionality standpoint, though, the interface is intuitive and easy to use. The primary means of control is a central knob along with physical buttons that allow you to easily navigate menus and execute commands. The display screen also functions as a touch screen. The system responds to touches quickly, but you can also control certain features, like navigation, through the system’s voice commands if you prefer.

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2017 Infiniti QX50 Dimensions

Infiniti QX50 Cargo Space

The 2017 QX50 has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 50.1 cubic feet by folding down the back seat. Both of those values are below average for the class.

2017 QX50 Length and Weight

The 2017 QX50 is 15.6 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 3,855 to 4,020 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Infiniti QX50 Built?

Infiniti built the 2017 QX50 in Japan.

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