Infiniti QX50 vs. Infiniti QX60

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, Automotive Editor - July 24, 2018

Infiniti's SUV and crossover lineup has expanded to five offerings that span from sporty little vehicles like the QX30 to the opulent behemoth that is the QX80. Some of the Infiniti's more popular offerings fall in between those two options, competing in the compact and mid-size crossover segments.

The QX50 is the automaker's entry in the compact crossover segment and brings some high tech features to go along with its premium touches. The QX60 is a little larger in size and is better suited for drivers with children. Below, we take a look at both models to look at which one is better overall.

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What the QX60 Gets Right

The major difference between the QX60 and the QX50 is size – the QX60 is larger, both inside and out, than the QX50. The QX60 has 149 cubic feet of passenger capacity, which is 13.2 cubic feet more than then QX50. The extra passenger room results in more front leg room, rear leg room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, front hip room, and rear hip room.

With its larger proportions, the QX60 can seat more passengers than the QX50, too. The mid-size crossover has a three-row layout that's capable of holding up to seven passengers, while the QX50 is a five-passenger-only affair. If you need a vehicle that can hold a lot of cargo, the QX60 is the obvious choice. It can hold up to 76.2 cubic feet of cargo with all of the seats folded down. That's 11.1 cubic feet more than what the QX50 can hold.

Lastly, the QX60 gets the nod when it comes to power. The mid-size crossover comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower, while the QX50's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated to make 268 hp.

What the QX50 Gets Right

Individuals that don't need to seat seven will enjoy the QX50's compact size more. Its smaller stature makes it easier to drive and park on congested streets. With its smaller body and engine, the QX50 is the more fuel-efficient crossover of the two, as well. The QX50 can get up to 24 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 27 combined, according to the EPA. The QX60 isn't as efficient at 20/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined) with front-wheel drive.

Understandably, the QX50 is the more affordable option of the two. The smaller crossover starts at $37,545, which includes destination. The QX60 is $6,750 more, with a starting price of $44,295.

Small and Sporty or Big and Luxurious?

If you need to be able to hold seven passengers on a regular basis, the QX60 is the obvious choice. It's larger and more spacious than the QX50, which makes it the better utility vehicle for many families. Drivers wanting something sportier and more fuel efficient will naturally gravitate toward the QX50, as it's more enjoyable to drive.

Our Verdict: Infiniti QX50

Unless you need room for seven passengers, the Infiniti QX50 is the crossover to go with. It's the ideal size for the majority of drivers and its lower price tag and similar level of luxury make it a better value proposition.

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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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