Infiniti QX55

The QX55 is only offered in AWD and its powered by a turbocharged 2L 4-cylinder engine that produces 268 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of peak torque. Power is sent to all four-wheels via a CVT transmission and the QX55 is capable of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

The QX55 comes in three flavors -- Luxe, Essential and Sensory. The QX55's Pure models are pretty far from what one would call a base model. It comes with features like automatic LED headlights with DRL's, LED fog lamps, power adjustable outside mirrors, an Intelligent Key with illuminated push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power locks with automatic locking, power windows, a power tinted panoramic moonroof with one-touch open/close functionality, leatherette appointed 8-way adjustable power seats, hands-free Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

QX55 Essential models add navigation, Around View Monitor with Move Object Detection and front and rear parking sensors.

The QX55 Sensory trim level includes 20-inch wheels, a 16 speaker Bose sound system, leather seating surfaces, distance control assist and advanced intelligent cruise control.

Safety is one of Infiniti's primary concerns, which is why their award-winning safety features are standard on all QX55 trims these include, Infiniti Advanced dual stage airbags for the front and side for all passengers, brake assist, blind spot monitoring, Backup Collision Intervention, traction control, forward emergency braking, steering assist, lane departure warning and prevention.

Editors' Review

Design is the 2022 Infiniti QX55's top selling point; the crossover-coupe's gently sloping roofline, expressively sculpted body and perky little tuchus all drive this point home. With plenty of visual drama and the functionality of a utility vehicle, this luxury coupe-over gives Infiniti something to entice motorists that would otherwise park an Audi Q5 Sportback, BMW X4 or Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe in their garage. But should you give into this temptation? In short, probably not.

Matching its avant-garde exterior, the QX55's cabin is similarly swoopy, with an artfully sculpted dashboard and a center stack that elegantly flows down to the console. Dark-finished aluminum accents brighten up Luxe and Essential trims, though the pinnacle Sensory grade benefits from open-pore maple-wood trimmings. In the midrange Essential model tested here, the materials used on the doors and dash look and feel good, though not everything is this nice.

Leatherette seating surfaces are standard in the base Luxe model, while Essential-level QX55s feature real cow hides… but you'd never know it. The seats are covered in a stiff and shiny leather that feels like low-grade vinyl that got slathered in the rubbery plastic you find on the handles of a pair of pliers. Top-shelf Sensory models, however, come with semi-aniline leather, which should be a huge step up.

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The Good ~ Punchy performance ~ Upscale interior ~ Sexy styling

The Bad ~ Perplexing infotainment system ~ Challenging rearward visibility ~ Drivetrain herks and jerks

The Bottom Line The QX55 is mostly a pretty face.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7
  • Features 7
  • Design 7
  • Media 6

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