Occasionally, as a 12-month long-term test draws to a close, it can be hard to come up with new or interesting observations to put in our updates. And while that can be a problem from a writer’s perspective, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a problem with the car. Sometimes a car just has nothing to hide. The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is not one of those cars.
As I mentioned in our QX50 Arrival story, there were plenty of questions that needed to be answered. From powertrain performance to interior quality and even driver-assist technology reliability, there was a lot to figure out with Infiniti’s handsome new crossover. One year and more than 20,000 miles later, we have (most of) our answers.
The QX50’s fancy new engine, for example, has been a huge disappointment. It promised more power when you needed it and better gas mileage when you didn’t. What it delivered was a not-so-fuel-efficient Real MPG of 24.2 combined city/highway mileage (compared to the EPA’s 26 mpg combined rating).
And while the QX50 did best its most obvious rival, the Acura RDX in our acceleration tests, you’d never know it from behind the wheel. Road test editor Chris Walton probably described the powertrain’s shortcomings best when he said, “There are at least three things changing all the time—gear ratio, turbo boost, and engine compression—and they are each fighting over who takes the mic. They only all come together and agree what to do at wide-open throttle. What a mess.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean Infiniti should abandon variable-compression technology. There’s a lot of potential there. It just needs to a little more time in development and an automatic transmission with actual gears. While they’re at it, if Infiniti could learn a few handling and steering lessons from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or even the Acura RDX, that would be great.
As I mentioned in my last update, interior impressions were much more positive. I personally prefer not to see suede in a car you’d never take to the track, but in combination with the quilted white leather seats, it at least helps the QX50 stand out. In fact, in part due to its impressive cabin, the Infiniti quickly became the default loaner any time a corporate executive needed a car.
We just wish the wood trim matched. Apparently, this was an intentional choice, but it looks like a mistake. In fact, it was one of the first things editor-in-chief Ed Loh pointed out after borrowing my QX50 for a week. The lawyers may not let Infiniti change the the downmarket beeps the car makes, but it can’t be that hard to make the trim match, can it?
Comfort was also a huge plus. When we took the QX50 on a 2,000-mile road trip over Christmas, it didn’t just get us and our stuff from point A to point B. It made each day’s long drive a breeze. Even my 90+ minute daily commute was less stressful when I was driving the QX50.
Considering how terribly outdated the infotainment system is, that’s saying a lot. A recall did fix the glitches we experienced, but even then, the connectivity issues, lack of support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, low-resolution displays, and slow response times continued to be incredibly frustrating. Overly sensitive parking sensors that went off randomly in traffic only added to the annoyance. To be fair, we’ve had similar issues with other automakers’ parking sensors going off randomly, too. But still.
One feature that received almost universal praise, though, was Nissan’s suite of driver-assist technologies. I mostly used Distance Control Assist, but the steering assistance that’s paired with the QX50’s adaptive cruise control is also one of the best in the industry. That said, Throttle Out host Zack Counts thought it might almost be too good. “Mostly, it’s just good,” he said, but “occasionally it’s frightening in that it’s competent enough to woo the driver into daydreams.” If the system encounters a situation it can’t handle, that could be a big problem. So no texting while cruise-controlling, OK?
In terms of maintenance costs, the tires proved to be the most expensive part. Replacing a single tire after I hit a literal fork in the middle of the road cost $357.48, more than we spent on dealer service for the entire year. A little more than a week later, a screw punctured that same tire. Thankfully, it was covered under warranty, so we only had to pay labor costs. Since the display control unit was replaced as part of a recall, our only other costs (other than gas) were service visits every 7,500 miles.
In the end, I didn’t exactly grow to love the QX50, but I did learn to appreciate it. The QX50 looks great, and its combination of comfort and driver-assist technology made it a fantastic daily driver or road trip companion. But until Infiniti replaces the infotainment system and refines the powertrain, it’s going to be hard to recommend the QX50 over much of its competition.
Read more about our long-term 2019 Infiniti QX50:
- Update 1: Powertrain Pain
- Update 2: Commute King
- Update 3: Dealership Trip
- Update 4: A Glitch in the Matrix
- 9 Realities of Living With the Luxury Crossover
- Update 5: Holiday Road Trip
- Update 6: Our Thoughts on the Interior
|2019 Infiniti QX50 (Essential AWD)|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||Turbocharged I-4, alum block/head|
|VALVETRAIN||DOHC, 4 valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||120.2-121.9 cu in/1.970-1.997 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||268 hp @ 5,600 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||280 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||15.5 lb/hp|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F; R||13.0-in vented disc; 12.1-in vented disc, ABS|
|WHEELS||7.5 x 20-in cast aluminum|
|TIRES||255/45R20 101Y (M+S) Bridgestone Ecopia H/L 422 Plus RFT|
|TRACK, F/R||64.4/63.8 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||184.7 x 74.9 x 66.0 in|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||8.6 in|
|APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE||17.2/23.9 deg|
|TURNING CIRCLE||36.4 ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,163 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||58/42%|
|TOWING CAPACITY||3,000 lb|
|HEADROOM, F/R||40.0/38.4 in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||39.6/38.7 in|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||57.9/57.1 in|
|CARGO VOLUME BEH F/R||64.4/31.1 cu ft|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH </strong|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||3.3|
|QUARTER MILE||15.1 sec @ 91.6 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||113 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.84 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||26.8 sec @ 0.65 g (avg)|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||1,750 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$59,085|
|AIRBAGS||8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee|
|BASIC WARRANTY||4 yrs/60,000 miles|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||6 yrs/70,000 miles|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||4 yrs/Unlimited miles|
|FUEL CAPACITY||16.0 gal|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||21.0/29.7/24.2 mpg|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||24/30/26 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||140/112 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.74 lb/mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded premium|
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Source: WORLD NEWS