The 2022 INFINITI QX55 debuts as the luxury brand's answer to sporty, coupe-like crossovers from European automakers. The QX55 gets its engine and interior from the conventionally styled QX50 luxury SUV, and then adds a sloping roofline, athletic body trim, and standard all-wheel drive. Like others of its ilk, the QX55 is a lifestyle vehicle designed for enjoyment rather than utility.
2022 INFINITI QX55
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2022 INFINITI QX55 Overview
Choosing Your INFINITI QX55
The QX55 comes with three trim levels: Luxe, Essential, and Sensory. Pricing starts at $47,525 and goes to $58,075 for the Sensory.
Every QX55 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, as is a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
In terms of fuel economy, the QX55 is EPA-rated at 22 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 25 combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The QX55 is a compact, two-row crossover with seating for five. Although the sloping roof cuts into its rear headroom, the QX55 is still spacious and substantial for this class.
Carrying cargo is secondary to styling in this case. Buyers get a hatchback-like 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 54.1 cubic feet with it folded.
The entry-level QX55 Luxe comes with lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, and front and rear automatic emergency braking. Moving up to the Essential brings a surround-view camera and front parking sensors.
The ProAssist Package ($800) for the Essential adds lane-keeping assist, adaptive front lighting, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot evasive steering assist. With that package installed, buyers can opt for the Proactive Package ($1,600) with a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, enhanced adaptive cruise control with steering assist, and an adaptive steering system that provides quicker response to driver inputs. All of these features are standard on the Sensory.
The QX55's standard infotainment system features an 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower touchscreen, six speakers, four USB ports, satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wired Android Auto.
The Essential and Sensory get navigation and a 16-speaker Bose sound system.
The Luxe carries a leatherette interior with eight-way power front seats, aluminum trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a universal home remote, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Other features include a sunroof, a power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, and acoustic front side glass.
The Essential picks up genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, automatic wipers, and reverse-tilting side mirrors.
The Sensory gets interior upgrades like semi-aniline leather seats with power front lumbar control, tri-zone climate control, wood trim, and enhanced ambient lighting. A hands-free power liftgate is also standard.
The Luxe offers a decent load of equipment for the price, but the lack of real leather and climate-controlled seats limits its appeal in this class. The Essential is altogether more satisfying from a luxury standpoint if that's worth $5,100 to you. The Sensory really scores in standard safety technology, but its driver assistance features can be added to the Essential while keeping its price in check.