The Infiniti QX50 is a completely redesigned compact luxury SUV for 2019.
The 2017 QX50 was rear-wheel drive, the 2019 model is front-wheel drive, and both are available with all-wheel drive.
Sometimes an automobile changes so much that it’s surprising that the old and the new share the same name. Such is the case with the Infiniti QX50, which is a completely different animal in its all-new 2019 form compared to the 2017 model. After a one-year hiatus, the QX50, which was known as one of the more sporty luxury crossovers on the market has become a more conventional SUV more in line with competitors like the Lexus NX and the Acura RDX.
Let’s take a closer look at the big changes between the 2017 and 2019 Infiniti QX50.
If you parked a 2017 and 2019 QX50 next to each other and you took off the badges, you might not even know that the same company built these two SUVs. The 2017 QX50 had an unconventional look and even a bit of an odd shape with a long hood and athletic stance making it clear that it had a focus on the "sport" side of "sport utility." The 2019 model, on the other hand, is a bit boxier and conventional looking, but that doesn’t mean its boring. It has a handsome look that is consistent with the current Infiniti design language. See the 2017 Infiniti QX50 models for sale near you
Despite both being compact SUVs, the proportions of these two crossovers are quite different. The 2017 model is longer, narrower and shorter, which contributes to its sportier look. Since the 2019 model is taller and wider, it’s a bit more practical as an SUV, but loses the unique sporty look of the previous model. See the 2019 Infiniti QX50 models for sale near you
Regardless of whether you love or hate the exterior changes to the QX50, there’s no question that the 2019 model has a much-improved interior. They both have ample legroom in both the first and second rows of seats, but headroom is a little tight in the back of the 2017 model due to the sloping roofline. That sporty roofline also means significantly less cargo space than the 2019 model. The 2017 QX50 has 18.6 cu ft. of cargo space with the seats folded up and the 2019 model has an impressive 31 cubic feet. When the seats are folded down, the 2017 model has 50.1 cu ft. and the 2019 model has 64 cu ft. There’s no arguing that the QX50 became more utilitarian and more practical with the 2019 update.
Interior quality and design are also improved for 2019. The interior quality of the 2017 QX50 is nice, but arguably not on part with its competition. The 2019 QX50 is much more modern and luxurious on the inside with some of the most comfortable front seats in this class, which is saying a lot. If comfort and utility are priorities for you, then there’s a good chance you’ll like the 2019 QX50 more than its 2017 predecessor.
2017 Infiniti QX50 Engine
3.7-liter V6; 325 horsepower, 267 lb-ft of torque; 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway
2019 Infiniti QX50 Engine
2.0-liter VC-Turbo inline-four; 268 hp, 280 lb-ft of torque; 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy
The 2017 QX50 has a muscular, naturally aspirated V6 similar to the one found in the Nissan 370Z sports car. This strong V6 combined with rear-wheel drive made the QX50 quite the performer, especially compared to its four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive competitors. It also had agile handling making it a true luxury SUV for the enthusiast, although fuel economy was subpar.
Things under the hood are quite different for the 2019 QX50. The new model has an industry-first variable compression turbocharged engine. It can change its compression ratio on the fly depending on the demands of the driver to optimize performance or fuel economy or a balance between the two. The result is good performance and good fuel economy in one package. The new VC-Turbo engine has notably less horsepower than the previous model’s V6, but it also has a little more torque and much better fuel economy. The handling of the new QX50 isn’t bad, but not as fun as the RWD 2017 model.
You won’t get bored behind the wheel of the 2019 QX50, but if you prioritize strong performance and engaging driving dynamics, you’ll appreciate the 2017 model as long as you don’t mind the fuel economy penalty.
As you might expect, the all-new 2019 QX50 is more technologically advanced than the previous generation. The new model comes standard with driver-assistance tech, which includes a rearview camera, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and forward emergency braking. Available tech includes a 360-degree camera, parking sensors, a head-up display, lane-departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control.
The only standard driver assistance tech on the 2017 QX50 is a backup camera. It’s available with parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.
The infotainment system is also more modern and advanced in the 2019 QX50 than the one in the 2017 model. It’s a dual-screen system, which can be a little confusing at first, but it’s nice if you’re driving a QX50 that’s equipped with navigation so you can have navigation on one screen and your controls for everything else on the other screen. Curiously, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t available.
The infotainment system in the 2017 QX50 isn’t bad, but it’s a little dated already. It’s a 7-in screen that uses a knob and physical buttons and it’s actually a pretty intuitive system, but the center stack is a little crowded with buttons and the screen seems small by today’s standards.
The 2017 QX50 had a starting MSRP of $35,445 and the base price of the 2019 model isn’t much higher at $36,650. That makes the QX50 one of the most affordable compact luxury crossovers undercutting the Acura RDX, the Lexus NX, and all of its European rivals. The fact that it’s also one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid offerings in its class further adds to the Infiniti’s attractive value proposition.
The choice between these two QX50 models is pretty clear. If you like "sport" in your sport utility, then you’ll probably prefer the 2017 model. If your tastes are more on the "utility" side, then the roomy and efficient 2019 model is definitely the one to get. We love the clever engineering of the VC-Turbo engine that gives the 2019 QX50 a satisfying blend of performance and efficiency, but we’re also suckers for the brawny V6 and RWD layout of the less practical, but more fun 2017 model. Which luxury crossover is right for you depends on your needs and your tastes. Find a 2017 Infiniti QX50 for sale or Find a 2019 Infiniti QX50 for sale