2017 QX50 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX50 is a rear-wheel-drive luxury crossover utility built on the chassis of the Q50 sports sedan. Unlike some competitors, it's not designed to pamper. Instead the QX50 offers an abundance of driving dynamics led by responsive road manners. Its ride, comfort and handling almost match the Q50 sports sedan that defines it.
The QX50 is more of a tall wagon than a sport-utility. With available all-wheel drive it will survive well in snow or sand, but don't go trying to run the Baja 500 with it (never mind that Lexus has an SUV Baja racer).
The wheelbase of the QX50 grew by more than three inches for 2016, so four adults fit comfortably, through doors that were lengthened as well, over a ride-height raised by almost an inch. A facelift included a new grille and LED foglamps and running lights. It all improved the car's looks.
With those significant changes for 2016, the 2017 QX50 only gains a 19-inch wheel-and-tire package, and that's about it.
Under the hood, a 325-horsepower V6 teams with an excellent 7-speed automatic transmission to bring quick responses. When hammered, the engine sounds loud and unrefined for a luxury vehicle.
Fuel mileage is not the car's forte. The QX50 is EPA-rated at 17/24 mpg City/Highway, and 20 mpg Combined. For that you could get a full-size three-row SUV. But you don't want a full-size three-row SUV. You want a sports sedan with cargo versatility.
The 2017 Infiniti QX50 comes with rear-wheel drive ($34,450) or all-wheel drive ($36,250).
Standard equipment includes a rearview camera; leather upholstery; power driver's seat; cruise control; dual-zone automatic climate control; six-speaker audio with CD/MP3 capability, satellite radio, and Bluetooth hands-free phone; moonroof, pushbutton start, and universal garage door opener; and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Premium package adds Bose 11-speaker audio, maple wood trim, and driver's memory. An expensive Technology Package adds safety features including lane-departure and forward-collision warnings, and intelligent cruise control. For another couple thousand, a Premium Plus package adds navigation, parking sensors, and surround-view cameras (useful because visibility is limited by dramatic rear-end styling).