Infiniti QX50

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.

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Everyone loves a good comeback story, and the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is exactly that. The previous model was a 9-year-old frowzy mess when it was finally discontinued, but Infiniti went back to the drawing board and returned with the vastly improved 2019 QX50. Outside or in, it's a looker, but aesthetics are only one chapter in this story. It's also loaded with some of Infiniti's latest tech, whether it's the engine or its clever semi-autonomous driver assist.

In a segment where nearly every vehicle has been freshened up over the past year, Infiniti needed to come out swinging, and it did.

Expressive design, especially inside

The last QX50 was sloped in all the wrong spots, like someone left the larger QX60 out in the sun for too long.  The new one makes up for that misstep with a much better face, borrowing its best elements from also-new siblings like the Q60 coupe. It's a more expressive design that'll likely age well, and it's no longer the ugly duckling in a segment filled with handsome cars like the Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5.

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The Good The QX50's interior is among the best, and the VC-Turbo engine provides fuel economy and oomph in equal doses.

The Bad The dual-screen infotainment system feels behind the times, and all the good options are hidden behind massive paywalls.

The Bottom Line If you want newfangled tech but a traditional luxury feel, the QX50 is worth your attention.

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