Even Stronger Value. INFINITI has added a few more standard features for the 2022 QX50. The extra features make the QX50 a better value than before. The new features also make the QX50 more competitive in the luxury segment.

The QX50’s infotainment system now comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay. Sorry Android users, you’ll still need a wire to use Android Auto, but the introduction of wireless compatibility is a good sign that wireless Android Auto could come in the future. The wireless infotainment makes it easier to use INFINITI’s dual-screen setup that continues to feature an eight-inch upper touchscreen and a lower seven-inch touchscreen.

We’re happy to see standard wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, but we wish INFINITI would rework the dual-screen infotainment system. It’s tricky to use, the graphics look dated, and the systems don’t respond quickly to inputs. It also makes the QX50 feel old compared to competitors that have more modern designs.

Still, with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, keyless entry, a power liftgate, a Wi-Fi hot spot, five USB ports, and six audio speakers, the QX50 gives you a lot of features for your money. With a starting price of $40,025 with destination, the QX50 is one of the more affordable SUVs in the segment.

Advanced Safety Standard. For 2022, Every QX50 now comes with INFINITI’s ProPilot Assist system as standard. It’s an advanced driver-assist system that can handle the majority of driving on highways. With other brands requiring consumers to tack on pricey packages to get a similar system, INFINITI offering it as standard equipment on the QX50 gives the SUV a leg up on the competition.

In addition to ProPilot Assist, the QX50 comes with all the safety features you could ever need as standard. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and more are standard. Options include traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.

Seeing the QX50 come with all of these standard safety features is impressive, especially considering its price point and the segment that it competes in.

Comfortable, Well-Appointed Cabin. While INFINITI reserves the nicest features like quilted leather upholstery, a faux-suede headliner, and wood interior trim to the range-topping Autograph trim, lower QX50s still feel nice and are comfortable for daily use.

Even lower trims have upscale materials and a design that feels fresh. The SUV’s front seats are incredibly comfortable, with a large amount of padding and just the right amount of bolstering. We appreciate that the base seats have eight different settings, which make it easy to find a comfortable seating position. The rear seats are nearly as plush.

With 38.7 inches of rear legroom, the QX50 has one of the roomiest rear seats in the compact class. The SUV also has one of the largest cargo areas in the class with up to 65.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

High-Tech Engine That Lacks Power. Underneath the hood, the QX50 comes with a high-tech turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has a variable compression system. The engine can go from having a high compression when cruising on the highway to low compression during hard acceleration. Unfortunately, the high-tech engine is wasted on the QX50.

The engine is loud under heavy throttle and fails to wow with its performance with just 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) drones loudly and fails to keep up with the engine. There is some good news and that’s every QX50 comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Final Thoughts. The 2022 QX50 may not have the performance to back up its sharp design, but it’s an appealing option for other reasons. The SUV has a roomy interior with comfortable seats, an excellent list of standard safety features, and an affordable price tag. An updated infotainment system and a more powerful engine would shoot it to the top.

For comparison, the Porsche Macan offers performance that’s on par with a sports car. It has incredibly powerful engines, sharp handling, and a sporty design. The SUV trades performance for interior space, as the Macan has tight rear seats and a small cargo area.

For another value-forward compact SUV, you should check out the Genesis GV70. It has a stunning design, powerful engines, and an athletic chassis. It has an upscale cabin, but tight rear seats.

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