Crossovers are easy to sell on a world stage. Families seem to want to travel suburbia in FWD comfort, driving scaled up versions of sedans. Nissan and Infiniti have perfected the formula, offering the QX30, 50, and 80. We’ve had ample seat time on the smallest and largest in their lineup, so now its time to peruse the features of the QX50.
Before they renamed their lineup, the QX50 began life as the EX, a taller version of the G35 sedan. Sharing the same FM chassis as the 370Z and the GT-R. Primarily offered as RWD, AWD is optional, which separates the QX from its competitors.
We had a week to spend with a new model, and everyone had valid points to make. It doesn’t ride as high as other crossovers, so body roll feels more like a sporty sedan. Your only transmission choice is a 7-speed automatic, and for some reason, it offers rev-matched shifts in manual mode. Seats are wide and comfortable, but cargo room isn’t comparable to others in this class.
Power- we like power. All luxury brands seem to think a V6 customer will be happy with a turbocharged four, but we can’t justify it. That’s why the 325 horsepower 3.7 liter V6 puts the QX50 ahead of many. You have 267 lb-ft of torque which will have you at 60 mph a little over 6 seconds. The differential is geared for highway cruising, in order to max out at 24 mpg. City mileage is less impressive at 17 mpg.