Have you been looking for a fun-to-drive family car with all-wheel-drive, a sporty feel but with luxury touches? Look no further than the Infiniti QX50.
Ever since I drove an Infiniti for the first time in 2017 I have had a special place in my heart for the brand. The QX60 impressed me so much, I’ve been eyeing it on the road for myself ever since. The QX50 is no different (it seats 5, the QX60 seats 7 with a 3rd row). It feels luxurious and handles amazingly.
What’s to Love
It’s extremely sporty for a mid-size AWD sport utility [family] car! Give Sport Mode a try for more peppy acceleration, tighter steering and harder suspension. It will give you more of a sports car feel while you’re toting the kids all over town every. Single. Day.
Touchscreen infotainment systems with AppleCarPlay or Android Auto capability are a must, and the QX50’s 7” touch screen is within easy reach.
The only thing I would say I didn’t love was the dual screens. It feels dated to have two separate screens for managing everyday functions while you drive.
Safety is top-of-the-line
Standard features on all trims are top-of-the-line safety features including blind-spot warning, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, high beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and remote engine start.
Options and Price Points
New for 2020 is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, the diamond-patterned front grille (which I love), LED headlamps and some updates to the exterior styling.
Starting at $44,998 for the Pure, or base, model, it comes well equipped with all-wheel drive, 19” wheels, power liftgate, dual-zone climate control and drive mode selector with Normal, Custom/Personal, Sport and Eco modes.
The Essential trim begins at $49,998 and includes a power panoramic moonroof, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, a WIFI hotspot, and LED front fog lamps.
The ProAssist trim adds leather, 20” wheels, distance control assist, intelligent cruise control, blind-spot intervention, lane departure prevention, high beam assist and 16-speaker Bose Premium sound system.
I drove the Sensory model, as shown, which includes all of the features of the ProAssist model features as well as 20” dark-tinted wheels, premium leather, climate control seats, motion-activated liftgate, extended interior ambient lighting, black ultrasuede interior accents, and metallic interior accents.
A Family Dream with Flexibility
With 31 cubic feet of cargo space behind the passengers and AWD standard, the QX50 is perfect for a family on the go wanting flexibility, safety, and the fun-to-drive-factor!