More active safety features this year. The 2021 INFINITI QX50 garners top crash test honors from the NHTSA and high scores from the IIHS. These alone make the QX50 a safe choice.

This year, INFINITI upped the standard driver assist safety features list. Every QX50 comes with automatic high beams, automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Other available features include a surround-view camera, moving object detection, additional parking sensors, and an adaptive front lighting system.

A high-tech engine. The internal combustion engine may be on its last legs, but that didn’t stop Nissan Motors from developing a state-of-the-art motor to power various Nissan and INFINITI models.

This engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with variable compression, the only one of its kind in the world. It produces 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. It maximizes performance and fuel economy, averaging an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon combined with front-wheel drive and 25 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

INFINITI pairs this engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT works quietly behind the scenes, though it isn’t especially engaging. The INFINITI’s ride quality strikes a good balance between sporty and comfort.

INFINITI dispenses with the usual steering rack, employing a steer-by-wire system where the vehicle’s computer sends signals through a cable to move the wheels.


Lavish and comfortable interior. INFINITI routinely pulls out all the stops and with the QX50, and we’re not disappointed. Comfortable front seats and ample cargo space are among its hallmarks.

The standard imitation leather trim is a good substitute for the real thing, although two types of real hides are available. The front seats are thickly padded and the rear seat offers ample leg and head room for tall riders. The QX50 is ideal for four, but five can fit in a pinch.

Open-pore or natural maple wood interior trim dresses most models. In the top-of-the-line Autograph, Ultrasuede covers the headliner and pillars, imparting an elegant look.

Top tech features. The standard list of tech features is impressive. The QX50 has dual HD displays with upper 8-inch and lower 7-inch LCD touchscreens. The upper screen manages infotainment controls, the lower is for climate control.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, a wi-fi hot spot, Bluetooth, and four USB ports all come standard. Besides touchscreen control, a control dial on the center armrest may also be used.

Among the upgrades are a 16-speaker Bose audio system, connected services, navigation, and a head-up display.

Final thoughts. The 2021 INFINITI QX50 is a luxury midsize crossover SUV with plenty to like. It offers a strong list of safety and technology features and a zippy engine. Its styling also stands out against more reserved rivals.

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