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3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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2023 PURE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $40,300
2023 PURE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,300
2023 LUXE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $43,600
2023 LUXE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,600
2023 SPORT 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,500
2023 SPORT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,500
2023 SENSORY 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $52,800
2023 SENSORY 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,800
2023 AUTOGRAPH 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $57,350


What's New

The 2023 INFINITI QX50 carries more standard features, including a remote start, wireless phone charging, and a rear seat alert system. The new Sport trim wears black body trim and upgraded leather upholstery. The current QX50 arrived in 2019 and has received regular equipment updates since then.

Choosing Your INFINITI QX50

The INFINITI QX50 comes in five trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Sport, Sensory, and Autograph. Pricing starts at $41,495 including destination and climbs to $58,545 for the autograph.

Engine Choices

Every QX50 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels or the available all-wheel-drive system ($2,000), which is standard on the Autograph.

According to EPA estimates, front-drive versions deliver 23 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 26 combined. Ratings drop by one mpg with AWD.

The QX50 is rated to tow up to 3,000 pounds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The QX50 is a compact, two-row crossover with room for five. Cargo space is above average for a luxury crossover of this size. The QX50 can handle up to 31.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat and 64.4 cubes with it folded.


Safety Features

The QX50 offers a robust set of standard driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control with lane centering, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear automatic emergency braking.

The Sport and above also come with surround-view cameras and road sign recognition. A head-up display is exclusive to the Sensory and Autograph.


The QX50's standard infotainment system offers 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower touchscreens, six speakers, four USB ports, HD and satellite radio, wireless phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose system is optional on the Luxe ($900) and standard on the Sport, which also picks up navigation. The Sensory and Autograph add a 16-speaker Bose system.


2023 INFINITI QX50 Pure — MSRP From $41,495

The QX50 starts out with eight-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, aluminum interior trims, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity access, remote start, heated side mirrors, and a power liftgate. The exterior gets 19-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights and taillights.

2023 INFINITI QX50 Luxe — MSRP From $44,795

The Luxe adds genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver memory, a panoramic sunroof, LED fog lights, aluminum roof rails, a hands-free power liftgate, and 20-inch machined-finish wheels.

2023 INFINITI QX50 Sport — MSRP From $49,695

The new Sport features semi-aniline leather seating, gloss black body trim, and black 20-inch wheels. The 12-speaker Bose system is standard, along with ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, and textured aluminum interior trim.

2023 INFINITI QX50 Sensory — MSRP From $53,995

The Sensory ups the luxury quotient with heated rear seats, enhanced ambient interior lighting, maple interior trim, and a power-adjustable steering wheel with memory. Outside are cube design LED headlights and auto-dimming side mirrors. The Sensory also gets the head-up display and 16-speaker Bose system.

2023 INFINITI QX50 Autograph — MSRP From $58,545

The Autograph offers a quilted leather interior with Ultrasuede headlining, rear side sunshades, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Mechanical upgrades include standard AWD, an adaptive steering system, and a tow hitch with a wiring harness.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2023 INFINITI QX50 in Pure trim is too austere for this class in our view. The Luxe feels like a proper luxury crossover and is still reasonably priced. The subsequent trims add progressively more luxury and convenience for buyers willing to pay for them.

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Expert Review

  • Pure model is a good value
  • Impressive safety roster
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Generous warranty
  • Higher trims are too pricey
  • CVT strangles the engine
  • Ride and handling are weak
  • Confusing infotainment setup
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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A stylish and practical SUV. There’s nothing about INFINITI’s QX50 that would make a passer-by stop and stare, but it’s a perfectly handsome mid-sized SUV. Simple lines extend from a trapezoidal front grille to a clean rear with a hint of Audi to it. The oddly kinked rear quarterlight window adds an element of originality, but in a sober color like titanium grey, the QX50 won’t stand out in a car park.

Step inside, and if you choose a contrasting seat color, the cabin is a pleasant place to be. There’s 39 inches of rear legroom and 31 cubic feet of cargo space, while the powered front seats are impressively comfortable over long distances. There are two storage compartments in the center console, adding a practical touch. Another welcome dose of practicality is provided by three years of free scheduled maintenance, part of a four-year, 60,000-mile warranty.

An idea that doesn’t work. When cars were first being developed, they incorporated hand-held throttles, brakes operated by pulling a knob out of the dash, and engines started using gunpowder. To this list of long-forgotten innovations, future historians will probably add the twin-screen infotainment setup, as demonstrated in the QX50. An eight-inch screen sits above a seven-inch one, making it unintuitive to know which screen is doing what. We can’t understand the split-screen approach, and the lack of wireless Android Auto compounds the sense of a system that doesn’t really work properly.

The lower screen is also quite far down the dash, taking your eyes away from the road in order to – for instance – choose a radio station. Other manufacturers were placing car stereos atop their dashboards in the 1990s for ergonomic reasons, so INFINITI’s logic here is lost on us.


Another idea that doesn’t work – though it should. By now, you’re bound to know what an internal combustion engine is. The QX50 takes the concept one step further with a variable combustion engine, which can adjust compression while running to shift priorities between performance and efficiency. We won’t get into the technicalities of how this works, but it’s a highly innovative approach to gas engines that we’d like to see rolled out more widely. In this instance, it generates 268 hp from a two-liter turbocharged engine, returning 25 mpg combined in FWD guise. AWD costs $2,000 and removes one mile per gallon from the combined economy figures.

In practice, the engine’s dynamism is neutered by a CVT transmission that simply isn’t up to the job. It’s almost as disappointing as the steering, which is a technologically advanced steer-by-wire system that somehow contrives to be numb and unengaging. The QX50 driving experience is so much less than the sum of its parts, not improved by ride quality which is no better than average.

Part and parcel. On the subject of parts, the QX50 comes with quite a lot of them as standard. Our preferred trim is the entry-level Pure model, costing $41,495 and offering power front seats clad in synthetic leather, wireless smartphone charging, remote start and 19-inch wheels. We’re also delighted to see safety features like adaptive cruise control with lane centering fitted across the range, alongside automatic emergency braking. The NHTSA has given the QX50 a five-star rating, though the IIHS has yet to issue a definitive verdict.

With so much kit packed into Pure models, there’s little point spending over $3,000 to receive Luxe’s sunroof and leather. The Sensory model offers uprated interior finishes, while flagship Autograph brings open-pore wood and quilted leather, though at a price nudging $60,000. For that money, premium rivals like the Range Rover Velar and Jaguar F-Pace represent compelling alternatives. A better case is made by the new Sport model, costing around $50,000 and incorporating a Bose stereo and semi-aniline leather alongside 20-inch two-tone wheels.

Final thoughts. There’s a missed opportunity here – a sense that the QX50 should be a better car than it actually is. The variable combustion engine and steer-by-wire steering promise much but deliver little, while the dual infotainment screen is unlikely to be adopted by any competitor brands. The QX50 doesn’t handle or ride particularly well, and higher trims are unjustifiably expensive, while fuel economy is underwhelming.

The most logical route into QX50 ownership involves the cheapest Pure model. For just over $40,000, you’re getting a well-built and well-designed SUV with impressive second-row comfort and twice as much cargo space as the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Pure trim is packed with toys that make it feel like the premium product flagship QX50s are striving to be, though the latter fall short because they cost 50% more while offering the same mechanicals and accommodation. Add in a strong warranty and maintenance package, and there’s a lot to be said for the most affordable QX50. The rest of the range seems destined to fall some way short of its many fine SUV competitors.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 268 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 29 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 268 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 29 / 26 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
16.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
65.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
104 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
184.7 "
Exterior Width
74.9 "
Exterior Height
66.0 "
Front Headroom
41.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
39.6 "
Rear Legroom
38.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,838 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
18.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Predictive Forward Collision Warning W/forward Emergency Braking (feb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Intervention (bsi) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Prevention (ldp) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Propilot Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Forward Emergency Braking (feb) W/pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 22,500 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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