Two new trims have been added to the 2020 INFINITI QX50 lineup for the new model year. The Sensory and Autograph trims sit on top of the QX50’s roster as even more luxurious versions of the compact crossover.
The entire QX50 lineup now comes with a new infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The addition of smartphone integration should do a lot to help quell the frustration of having to use the QX50’s dual-screen setup, which is awkward and slow.
Every QX50 model also gets more advanced safety features, including lane departure warning, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, rear parking sensors, and rear automatic emergency braking.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX50
There are five INFINITI QX50 trims to choose from: Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph. Prices start at $38,275 including destination for the Pure and climb up to $54,875 for the Autograph.
All QX50 models utilize a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is the sole gearbox offered. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $2,000 upgrade on every trim.
The setup achieves an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 26 combined, or 22/28/25 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.
While the high-tech variable compression engine helps with fuel economy, it lacks refinement and straight-line performance. We’re also still waiting for INFINITI to give the QX50 better handling.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
All INFINITI QX50 models have seating for up to five. The compact crossover has one of the more spacious cargo areas in the segment, offering 31.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, or 31.1 with the panoramic moonroof. Fold the second row to open up 64.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity.
Standard safety features on the QX50 include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and reverse automatic emergency braking.
The Essential trim brings a surround-view camera system and front parking sensors as standard. The trim can be fitted with the ProAssist Package for $800. It adds lane keeping assist, blind-spot intervention, adaptive cruise control, unique LED headlights, and adaptive headlights.
Blind-spot intervention becomes standard equipment on the Sensory trim. ProPilot Assist, which is INFINITI’s semi-autonomous driving system, is available here as part of the ProActive Package. It costs $1,600 and also brings traffic sign recognition and a head-up display.
All of the aforementioned features are standard on the range-topping Autograph.
The INFINITI QX50 comes with a unique dual-screen setup that includes an 8-inch upper display and a 7-inch lower display. Other standard features include Bluetooth, voice recognition, a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Navigation becomes standard on the Essential, but it's available on the Luxe for $700.
Standard equipment on the Pure includes 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, eight-way power front seats, push button start, and remote keyless entry.
The Luxe adds LED fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, roof rails, aluminum interior trim, and remote start over the Pure. Heated front seats is a $550 option, as is the navigation system for $700.
Standard features on the Essential include heated front seats, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and navigation.
Leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a heated steering wheel, reverse tilt down side mirrors, and memory for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and exterior mirrors are all part of the Convenience Package ($1,650).
On the Sensory, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and 20-inch wheels are standard.
In addition to the ProActive Package ($1,600), the Climate Package ($1,050) is available. It equips the QX50 with heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and rear passenger sunshades.
Newly standard features on the Autograph include adaptive front headlights, a motion-activated liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear passenger sunshades, wood interior trim, a suede headliner, and semi-aniline leather upholstery. Buyers also get the head-up display and ProPilot Assist.
Most of the upscale and high-tech features on the 2020 INFINITI QX50 are reserved for the new Sensory and Autograph trims, but it’s the Essential that comes with the best mix of standard and available features. The ProAssist Package is a must-have, while the Convenience Package is more of a personal preference thing, though it does bring some nice bells and whistles.