What Is It?
The 2016 Infiniti QX50 compact luxury crossover was previously known as the Infiniti EX. On sale largely unchanged since the 2008 model year (save for a larger engine in 2011 and a few new features along the way), the QX50 has been overdue for an update, and that’s just what it shows off at this year’s New York Auto Show.
On the outside, changes to the QX50 aren’t too dramatic. There are new front and rear bumpers that give the crossover more of an SUV-like appearance, along with updated lights with new LED accents. The QX50 also boasts new wheel designs. Otherwise, the crossover looks remarkably like its predecessor, profile and all.
Changes to the QX50’s interior are similarly limited, with one major exception: The crossover boasts a 3.2-inch stretch to its wheelbase and a 4.5-in increase in its overall length. The result is more interior room, including a 4.3-in boost in rear legroom. That’s a welcome change, considering the rather cramped back seat in the 2015 model.
Everything remains the same under the QX50’s hood, whether it’s the 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 or the standard 7-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and all-wheel drive will also continue to be offered, while the 2016 Infiniti QX50’s standard and optional equipment lists appear largely unchanged compared to last year’s model.
Infiniti hasn’t yet announced pricing, but we’d be surprised if there’s a big increase from today’s $36,000 with shipping.
When Can You Get It?
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The compact luxury crossover segment has blown up recently, with a wide range of high-end automakers adding new models in the last few years. The EX — excuse us, the QX50 — was one of the first to go on sale, and it remains a credible choice when you consider its reasonable pricing and impressive tech features. In fact, one of our major gripes about last year’s model, the mediocre back seat, has now been addressed, which makes it even more appealing. With that said, we wish updates for 2016 went a little further, as the QX50 is in need of a more thorough revision.
Other Cars to Consider
2015 Acura RDX — The RDX is one our favorite crossovers in this segment, particularly after a major update for the 2016 model year. Pricing is reasonable, the interior is surprisingly large and we like the standard V6.
2015 Lexus NX — The recently released NX offers a high-tech advantage compared to the QX50. It boasts an available hybrid engine, too. Its styling is also more modern, for better or worse. But the Lexus’s engine power can’t touch the QX50’s muscular 3.7-liter V6.
Used BMW X3 — The X3 is about the same size as the QX50, and it offers roughly the same equipment. But it also boasts a newer design and a more enjoyable driving experience. The X3 is more expensive than the Infiniti, though, which means you might want to shop the used or certified pre-owned market.
Used Infiniti QX70 — If you like the QX50 but want a little more space, you might want to consider the boldly styled QX70, which was formerly the Infiniti FX. Although higher prices may drive you to a used model, the QX70 is worth a look thanks to a larger interior, aggressive styling and a thrilling optional V8.