Infiniti QX50 vs. Lexus NX 200t

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John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage. 


, Automotive Editor - August 29, 2016

The luxury crossover segment just keeps growing, and there are now tons of formidable choices in every size class. Recently, Lexus released its small NX 200t to do battle with established models like the Infiniti QX50. Both crossovers are great alternatives to pricey German people-haulers, but which one excites us more?

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What We Like About the QX50

First and foremost, the QX50 comes in with a slightly lower price tag than the Lexus, plus its V6 engine delivers significantly more horsepower than the NX's four-cylinder. With its rear-wheel drive setup, the QX50 also feels more like a premium crossover. The QX50’s slightly longer wheelbase helps the it feel more planted in the corners. The Infiniti also has a more expansive cabin with most of the extra room going to the front passengers.

What We Like About the NX 200t

The NX 200t starts off with a few extra standard features, and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides superior fuel economy. The Lexus also delivers more space in the back, especially when it comes to legroom. Lastly, the NX 200t deals a pretty big blow to the Infiniti by delivering far more cargo room, making it the better option for family vacations.

Neither is Particularly Great Looking, But One Wins the Battle

Neither the NX 200t nor the QX50 is a particularly pretty luxury crossover, but both can easily fit the bill for buyers looking for less traditional designs. The NX 200t, however, does deliver in critical crossover metrics like cargo room and rear-seat space, while the QX50 falls short. What’s more, its four-cylinder engine makes taking long trips more affordable.

Our Verdict: Lexus NX 200t

The competition between these two Japanese luxury crossovers is a close one, but the NX 200t ultimately wins out. It satisfies in all the areas that a crossover buyer values, including cargo room and rear-seat legroom, plus its fuel economy seals the deal. The Infiniti is a great option for buyers who are looking for a sporty crossover with better performance credentials, but that is a narrow niche to fit.

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, Automotive Editor

John Diether has been a professional writer, editor, and producer since 1997. His work can be found on TV, radio, web, and various publications throughout the world.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a 1992 Cadillac Brougham d’Elegance in his garage.