2017 Infiniti QX50 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Infiniti QX50 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2017 Infiniti QX50’s interior has high-quality materials and a comfortable, spacious cabin. A few critics are quick to note that the interior design seems a little stale since the QX50 hasn’t been redesigned since its 2008 debut. Some technological features also appear outdated, but they still function well. Cargo space is below average for the class.

  • "The new QX50's leather-lined cabin is the same sumptuous place it's always been. Infiniti made the power-sliding moonroof standard for 2016 but otherwise kept the luxurious mix of old-school items -- such as an analog clock and hard buttons for climate control and most of the infotainment-system functions -- and tech stuff -- including the available Around View Monitor that provides an overhead drone's-eye view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • "Slide behind the wheel of the QX50 and the cabin does feel a little dated. That's not surprising considering everything you see and touch has been around since 2008. The interior just isn't as wide or airy-feeling as some in this Infiniti's class." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • Inside the cabin, things look much as they did when the crossover first debuted as the EX35, back in 2007. Small upgrades have followed through the years, and despite its age, the cabin still feels premium, comfortable, and familiar." -- Autoblog (2016)

Seating

The QX50 seats five on standard leather seating. Other standard amenities include heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a four-way power passenger seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Optional upgrades include an eight-way power passenger seat, driver’s seat power lumbar adjustments, power-folding rear seats, and memory settings for the driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering wheel.

The LATCH car seat system in the QX50 gets the lowest possible rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Two rear seats have both lower and top tether anchors, and the middle seat only has a tether anchor. On the passenger side, the lower anchors are too deep in the seat and hard to maneuver around, but it’s physically easy to attach the straps. The driver’s side seat features the same problems with accessing the anchors, but there is also too much force needed to attach the restraints.

The QX50 offers ample legroom, and the back seat can easily fit full-size adults. However, headroom might be tight for taller passengers. The front seats are comfortable and provide plenty of support.

  • "Last year's revamp gave the Infiniti QX50 something it needed: more rear legroom. By lengthening the wheelbase, this 5-passenger luxury SUV gained over 4.3 inches of legroom, making the rear seats livable for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The heated power front seats are formfitting and all-day comfortable." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • The additional legroom in the rear seat makes it a very comfortable place to ride, even for taller passengers. The only drawback here is that the roof line slopes down slightly at the back of the window, so taller riders might need to mind the low clearance." -- Edmunds (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 QX50 include dual-zone automatic temperature control, a power moonroof, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port, a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, and push-button ignition. Optional features include a Bose 11-speaker premium audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener, touch-screen navigation, current traffic and weather information, voice command activation, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree surround-view monitor, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring.

Though reviewers say the features are easy to use, and the touch screen is responsive with sharp graphics, they note that the QX50’s technology is a little out of date.

See 2017 Infiniti QX50 specs »

  • Multiple buttons and dials populate the center dash below the 7-inch color display, though most are easy to see and use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • From a tech perspective, the QX50 looks stale. Up in the dashboard sits the same LCD and controller arrangement as before, supporting navigation, digital audio sources and a hands-free phone system. However, I always liked the ease of using this interface -- a main dial scrolls through menus and directional buttons embedded on its top make for quick onscreen cursor movement. And the LCD is actually a touchscreen, allowing direct control if you can't figure out how to use the switchgear.” -- CNET (2016)
  • While the $2,000 Premium Plus Package includes an upgraded touchscreen with an around-view monitor, seven inches is the biggest you can get. Infiniti will have to remedy this on the next generation as even some economy cars offer larger screens as an option. The monitor is quick to respond to haptic touch, however, the color graphics are attractive, and the system is easy to navigate." -- Autoblog (2016)

Cargo

The QX50 offers 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is expandable to 50.1 cubic feet when the back seat is folded down. Both capacities are below average for the class. Power-folding rear seats are optional.

  • Altogether, Infiniti says there is 8.3 additional cubic feet of space inside the stretched QX50. And all of that space goes to passenger accommodation. Leave the back seat up and the cargo capacity remains 18.6 cubic feet, same as in the previous, shorter-wheelbase version." -- Car and Driver (2016)
  • Behind the rear seats is 18.6 cubic feet of space, more than the Lexus NX's 17.7 but well behind the Acura RDX's 26.1." -- Motor Trend (2016)
  • Though most of that is absorbed in the rear passenger area, the cargo volume with the rear seats down increases by 2.7 cubic feet, allowing for a total of 50.1 cubic feet of space." -- Yahoo Autos (2016)

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