Luxury Cars – 2021 Infiniti QX50: 5 Things We Like and 3 Not So Much | News
After a light update for the 2021 model year, the stylish Infiniti QX50 SUV seems to have all the bells and whistles. Upon closer inspection (particularly under the hood), however, this may instead be a case of style over substance.
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The QX50 got its last update in 2019. For 2021, some new safety and convenience features were made standard. The five-seat luxury SUV has a lot going for it … on the surface. Strip back its stunning exterior styling and luxe interior finishes, though, and you’re left with a sluggish powertrain and outdated multimedia system — not ideal considering the QX50 is up against some stiff competition in the compact luxury SUV class.
Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger weighs the good with the bad in her review of the QX50; to see it in full, just click the related link above. For the list version, here below is what we like and don’t about the 2021 Infiniti QX50:
Things We Like
1. Classy Cabin
The luxury feel of the QX50’s interior comes down to the details. This is especially true of the top Autograph trim level, which features convincing faux suede on the headliner and trim, maple wood panels with silver accents, and quilted leather seats with contrast 3-D piping. Cheaper materials, like hard plastics, are hidden well out of sight.
2. Space for Everyone and Everything
With reclining and sliding adjusters, the backseat has enough head- and legroom to comfortably seat two adults. Child-safety seats are also easy to install. (Check out the full Car Seat Check.) And among competitors like the Volvo XC60 or Acura RDX, the QX50 offers the most cargo space.
3. Smart Tech
The QX50 is packed with standard safety features, like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2021 update added rear-seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags as well as automatic collision notification with an emergency call system. The available semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist system employs adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering to keep you on the road; it works from highway speeds down to a stop, albeit as a hands-on system.
4. Composed Ride
Adding to the luxury of the cabin is how isolated it feels from the road below. The SUV absorbs bumpy road conditions well for a comfortable ride. Road and wind noise are all but absent from the cabin, as well.
5. Gas Mileage Figures
The 2021 QX50 gets pretty good gas mileage — an EPA-estimated 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined for the all-wheel-drive models and 26 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive versions. This isn’t much better than competitors, but it’s no worse, either.
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Things We Don’t
1. Powertrain Lacks Polish
Under the hood, a 268-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It’s not a great pairing: The engine is slow, particularly from a stop, and even with the lightest acceleration, it makes a lot of noise. The CVT doesn’t help; “shifts” are artificial and make for acceleration that feels anything but natural.
2. Out-of-Touch Multimedia System
The QX50’s InTouch multimedia system is a dual-screen setup that looks and feels wonky. The 8-inch top screen has the lower resolution of the two, and while it’s home to just the backup camera and navigation display, it can be unresponsive to touch at times. The 7-inch bottom screen is much more responsive and has clearer graphics. But why have both? A larger, integrated system might work better.
3. What You Get for the price
The base QX50 starts at less than $40,000 (all prices include destination) where a lot of competitors — like the Audi Q5 — start well above that. The problem comes in once you get to the top-of-the-line Autograph AWD Trim: With all of the premium additions, it’ll run you $61,765, which is a lot for an SUV with some less-than-luxe issues going on.
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