Infiniti QX50 vs. Infiniti QX60

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, Automotive Editor - November 22, 2021

Infiniti has four SUVs that range from compact all the way up to large. The Infiniti QX50 is the smallest SUV in the automaker’s lineup, while the QX60 is the midsize option. While both options are SUVs and have Infiniti badges, there are a lot of differences that make one option better than the other for the majority of consumers.

In this comparison, we’ll look at how the QX50 and QX60 compare to one another. Of the most obvious differences, the QX50 is the smaller, more affordable option that’s easier to drive, while the larger QX60 is pricier and better suited for families. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the differences to name a winner.

What the Infiniti QX50 Gets Right

For shoppers on a budget, the QX50 is the better option. It starts at $39,075 with destination, while the QX60 costs $47,875. The $8,800 difference between the two goes a long way with options or getting into a higher trim level with the QX50.

While the QX60 comes with a V6 engine, the QX50 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s more fuel-efficient. The engine is rated at up to 26 mpg combined, with the QX60 carrying a combined rating of up to 23 mpg combined.

As the smaller SUV of the two, the QX50’s more compact dimensions make it easier to drive. The QX50 is 13.5 inches shorter in length, 3.1 inches shorter in width, and 3.7 inches shorter in height than the QX60.

Read Our Overview of the Infiniti QX50

What the Infiniti QX60 Gets Right

The most obvious reason to go with the QX60 above the QX50 is because of the standard third row with the QX60. Infiniti’s midsize SUV offers seating for up to seven or for up to six with the available captain’s chairs. The third row isn’t as spacious as some other midsize SUVs, but they are useful in a pinch and make the QX60 more versatile than the QX50.

Infiniti came out with a fully redesigned QX60 for the 2022 model year. The all-new model arrives with more tech features than before and more tech than the QX50. Standard tech features on the QX60 include the 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and nine audio speakers. Optional tech is also in the QX60’s favor, as the SUV can be fitted with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, and a 17-speaker Bose audio system.

Thanks to its 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, the QX60 is rated to tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped. The most the QX50 can tow is 3,000 pounds.

With its larger body, the QX60 offers more interior space than the QX50. Except for front headroom, the QX60 offers more passenger space than the QX50 in every metric. The QX60 also offers more cargo capacity with up to 75.4 cubic feet of total cargo space compared to the QX50’s maximum of 65.1 cubic feet of space.

Read Our Overview of the Infiniti QX60

Need Room for Seven?

With seating for up to seven, the midsize QX60 is the clear option for consumers with families or those that need a third row of seats. Additionally, the QX60’s more spacious cargo area makes it better suited for shoppers that plan on hauling large cargo regularly.

Our Verdict

The Infiniti QX60’s standard third row of seats, more spacious interior, and powerful V6 engine make it the better choice in this comparison. Its full redesign for the 2022 model year also results in more impressive tech features, a sharper design, and a more upscale feel. In order to be more competitive with the QX60, Infiniti needs to give the QX50 a full redesign.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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