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2017 INFINITI QX50 SUV Overview

The standard features of the INFINITI QX50 Base include VQ 3.7L V-6 325hp VVEL engine, 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.


Starting at: $34,650

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Power moonroof
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Approach angle - 18 deg
  • Departure angle - 21 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 175mm (6.9")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 16 deg
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 84 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 3.7 L
  • Engine horsepower - 325hp @ 7,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 267 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 95.5mm x 86.0mm (3.76" x 3.39")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,749kg (3,855lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,215kg (4,883lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,745mm (186.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,803mm (71.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,593mm (62.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,880mm (113.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.7m (18.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,125mm (44.3")
  • Rear legroom - 897mm (35.3")
  • Front headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • Rear headroom - 958mm (37.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,344mm (52.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,255mm (49.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,392mm (54.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,741L (96.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 527 L (19 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,419 L (50 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.7
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 325hp @ 7,000RPM
  • Torque - 267 lb.-ft. @ 5,200RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Block heater
  • Transmission - 7 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 20mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 20.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 17mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 24mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 225/55VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 225/55VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear - RearView Monitor yes


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2017 INFINITI QX50 SUV Search New $34,650   325-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  7-spd auto  17 / 24  
2017 INFINITI QX50 SUV Search New $36,450   325-hp 3.7L 6-cyl  7-spd auto  17 / 24  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The ride benefited from the wheelbase increase, too; it’s firm and compliant. Meanwhile the handling didn’t suffer; it’s still impressive for a crossover. The steering is responsive, with authentic feedback that gets heavier as you turn.

With all-wheel drive, some of the nimbleness and precision go away, but that’s not unusual in a rear-wheel car, and the tradeoff is a gain in all-weather tractability.

Developing 325 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, the 3.7-liter V6 never feels short of power, and it’s comfortable being pushed hard. It works eagerly with the 7-speed automatic transmission that’s programmed to bring a throttle-blip for rev-matching downshifts. It has a sport mode that yields slightly quicker shifts, but paddle shifters are not offered.

Four-wheel disc brakes stop the QX50 decisively, without excessive dive or body motion.

One surprising weakness for a luxury car is the amount of engine noise, especially for a luxury model. Even cruising, you can hear it.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Visually, the QX50 doesn’t exude SUV, now passe. It’s clean, with none of that SUV-for-the-sake-of-being-SUV trim or sculpting. Big wheel wells and widely flared fenders support rakishly arching roofline that gives it a coupe-like profile. There is some subtle sculpting in the organic sheetmetal, making the roofline look low instead of tall. If you look at it like a tall wagon, it looks great.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The cabin is sophisticated, simple and tasteful. It’s more streamlined than competitors, for example the Acura RDX. Bless its classy heart, INFINITI avoids non-functional shiny bits. Instead you get rich tones, contoured wood trim, soft lighting, and elegant instruments.

There are plenty of functional bits, as the driver faces an abundance of buttons and controls.

The wide center stack gives the front seats a cockpit-like feel. A seven-inch color screen displays infotainment and vehicle information. Optional hard drive-based navigation brings a touchscreen, 3D graphics and lane guidance, as well as real-time traffic/weather information, and voice recognition. Too bad the screen has a lower resolution.

The front seats are shaped well; they’re snug, with just just the right amount of bolstering, and high cushions.

That 3.2-inch increase in wheelbase for 2016 afforded 3.9 inches more kneeroom in the rear, according to INFINITI. Some of that came from reshaped seatbacks of the front seats.

There are 18.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which folds with a touch of a button to increase the volume to 50 cubic feet.


New Car Test Drive

The QX50 delivers what it promises, but shop it carefully, including a thoughtful test drive over curves and bumps, to understand the promise. Important strong points include styling, powertrain, ride and handling. It’s not even that expensive for an INFINITI luxury crossover. You might even like the unrefined distinctive growl of the V6 in the cabin.

Sam Moses contributed to this review.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

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).

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