Photos & Words: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates
Exterior: With its new, stretched wheelbase, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 seems to have matured a bit and I like the direction it’s headed. So even though the QX50 is a re-badged EX37, it now has its own swagger thus making it quite a bit more appealing to consumers. Also appealing is the front fascia of the QX50, more specifically the lower portion with an elegant touch of satin silver appointments and LED fog lights. The Midnight Garnet color is pretty in the sun but falls a bit short at night. I’d really like to see the QX50 in a nice gunmetal hue or perhaps even black. The 19-inch, split 5 spoke wheels are also a welcomed addition as they’re quite attractive to be factory rims.
Interior: The new, increased wheelbase was mainly intended to accommodate the passengers. I found this additional cabin space to be valuable as I chauffeured around a few friends, all which were very comfortable on our commute. The Chestnut interior was…interesting. This may have been the first Infiniti I’ve driven that didn’t have a mostly black interior and although I welcomed the change, the inside was just a bit off. Regardless, Infiniti offers this interior in Wheat and Graphite as well so it’s all good.
A/V: The Bose 11-speaker premium sound system was pleasing to the ears and the 7-inch color touch screen head unit was a cinch to operate and easy on the eyes. My favorite tech tidbit is the Around View Monitor with front and rear sonar. This is probably the most helpful, functional electronic upgrade that is absolutely necessary when clicking the option boxes. My test vehicle also came equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Distance Control Assist and Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning all a part of the $2750 Technology Package. That may be a pretty penny but in today’s age of constant distraction, those items are a must.
Performance. The 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 under the hood of the QX50 is the same base engine of the Nissan 370Z but don’t expect the same type of performance. The QX50 has just enough power to properly propel you through traffic while never snapping your head back. Because of its excellent weight distribution and low center of gravity, the QX50 excels in the corners and handles exceptionally.
Final Verdict: In the small, luxury crossover segment the QX50 could certainly find its own niche seeing that it’s at a lower price point compared to its competition yet offering similar amenities.
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Power: 325 hp, 267 ft lb
0-60: 5.8 sec
Gas Cash: 20 MPG (combined)