Infiniti keeps it simple by offering a single model QX50. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. Power comes from a 3.7L V6 that makes a healthy 325 hp and 267 ft-lb of torque; it is connected to a standard 7-speed automatic.
Safety equipment includes seatbelt pretensioners, the Infiniti Advanced Airbag System, roof-mounted airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, traction control and vehicle dynamic control.
The QX50 comes with automatic climate control, lots of power accessories, leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and 8-way driver and 4-way passenger power-adjustable seats. RearView Monitor and the Infiniti Controller 7-inch screen, which displays audio settings, fuel economy information and more are also standard.
An array of packages allows some customization. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and lane and departure assistance. A Deluxe Touring package adds an 8-way power front passenger seat, 19-inch wheels and HID headlamps. The Premium package includes a Bose 11-speaker audio system, roof rails, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and an automatic memory system.
The 2020 Infiniti QX50 is basically the same car my colleague Andrew Krok reviewed. It's got the same potent-yet-thrifty VC-Turbo powertrain, the same smart ProPilot Assist driver-assistance technology and the same opulent blue-and-white leather interior. But it's not exactly the same.
Infiniti has been uncharacteristically nimble with updating its small luxury SUV, tweaking the packing and tech just one year after this generation's launch. The changes are subtle, but with competition so fierce in this class, every bit of edge matters. For 2020, the QX50 comes out more competitive than ever.
Perhaps the most noteworthy change for the 2020 model year is the updated cabin technology suite. Oh, it still uses the same awkward, dual-screen setup, splitting the interface between an 8-inch display up top and a 7-inch screen below. But resolution for the upper unit has been bumped up and the on-screen graphics are now crisp and vibrant. Touch responsiveness has also been improved for both the top and bottom screens.
The Good ~ Sharp design inside and out, especially with the white leather ~ The VC-Turbo engine provides excellent fuel economy and strong performance ~ More standard features and updated tech makes the 2020 model an even better bargain
The Bad ~ Tech updates are nice, but the dual display bones are awkward to use ~ The best ProPilot Assist tech isn't available until nearly the top trim level
The Bottom Line The Infiniti QX50 was already a good value, but small updates for 2020 make this small SUV even better.
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