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2023 Infiniti QX55: Choosing the Right Trim

The Infiniti QX55 is something a little different. The luxury SUV “coupe” idea is nothing new but is typically limited to European luxury brands. The most prominent players in this class are the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, but the only SUV in this segment from a Japanese luxury brand is the Infiniti QX55.

The QX55 has a sloping roofline that sacrifices some practicality for sporty styling. It doesn’t have as much cargo space as the more mainstream Infiniti QX50, but the unique styling of the QX55 makes it stand out.

Every 2023 Infiniti QX55 comes with the same powertrain. It’s a 2.0-liter VC-Turbo inline-4 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard on every trim. The VC-Turbo engine has variable compression, which helps it deliver a satisfying balance of performance and efficiency. The engine puts out 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and earns an EPA rating of 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway/25 combined (2022 figures).

Let’s look at the three distinct trims of the Infiniti QX55 and find the right luxury SUV for you.

2023 Infiniti QX55 Luxe
(starting at $49,150)

The base Luxe trim of the QX55 is well-equipped compared to its more expensive rivals.

Standard premium features include perforated leather seat upholstery, active noise cancellation, remote start, four drive modes (standard, eco, sport, personal), dual-zone automatic climate control, sliding and reclining rear seats, a power liftgate, LED headlights, and fog lights, 20-inch wheels, and a power moonroof.

The list of standard safety tech features is extensive. For starters, you get the ProPilot Assist system, which bundles adaptive cruise control and steering assist to make highway driving safer and more relaxed. Other standard features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and lane-departure warning.

The standard InTouch infotainment system has an 8-inch upper screen and a 7-inch lower one. This system includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, SiriusXM, 6-speaker audio, and five USB ports.

When you factor in the $1,025 destination fee that applies to all QX55 models, this SUV has a starting price of $50,175. If you get a 60-month loan with 3% interest and no money down, the QX55 would have a starting monthly payment of about $902. See 2023 Infiniti QX55 Luxe models for sale

2023 Infiniti QX55 Luxe includes:

ProPilot Assist: The ProPilot Assist system bundles full-speed adaptive cruise control and steering assist to make highway driving more relaxed.

Perforated leather seats: We’re happy to see this luxurious feature come standard.

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay: Bring your music and maps to the screen in your SUV without taking your phone out of your purse or pocket.

2023 Infiniti QX55 Essential
(starting at $54,250)

The midrange Essential trim adds some excellent luxury features to the 2023 Infiniti QX55 without the price going crazy.

On top of what you get on the base trim, the Essential trim adds an adaptive front lighting system, “Cube design” LED headlights, a power steering column, a memory driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering column, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, and a Bose 16-speaker Performance Series audio system.

Extra safety tech features include a 360-degree camera, Moving Object Detection, traffic sign recognition, and front parking sensors.

Getting a QX55 Essential with a 60-month loan at 3% interest with no money down will cost about $993/month. See 2023 Infiniti QX55 Essential models for sale

2023 Infiniti QX55 Essential includes:

More safety tech: Extra standard safety tech features on the Essential trim include a 360-degree camera, traffic sign recognition, front parking sensors, and more.

Bose 16-speaker audio: This premium audio system is a considerable improvement over the 6-speaker system in the base QX55.

Navigation: The navigation system in the QX55 Essential gets you to your destination with confidence.

2023 Infiniti QX55 Sensory
(starting at $57,800)

The top Sensory trim of the QX55 takes it to the next level of luxury at a modest price compared to similarly equipped European rivals.

Standard features include a hands-free power liftgate, a head-up display, heated rear seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, semi-aniline leather seating, black open-pore wood interior trim, and metallic scuff plates in the cargo area.

Financing a QX55 Sensory with a 60-month loan at 3% interest with no money down would result in a monthly payment of approximately $1,057. See 2023 Infiniti QX55 Sensory models for sale

2023 Infiniti QX55 Sensory includes:

Hands-free power liftgate: Once you’ve had this feature, you won’t know how you lived without it.

Semi-aniline leather seats: Every QX55 has leather seats, but the Sensory trim uses more high-end materials for a more luxurious experience.

Head-up display: This tech feature gives you vital information while helping you to keep your eyes on the road.


What is the best 2023 Infiniti QX55 trim?

The mid-range Infiniti QX55 Essential trim is a good buy. It has more luxury, tech, and safety than the base trim, yet its price does not go crazy.

How many mpg does the 2023 Infiniti QX55 get?

The 2023 Infiniti QX55 gets up to 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

Which 2023 Infiniti QX55 trim level offers the most safety?

The Essential and Sensory trims offer more safety than the base Luxe trim because they have extra safety tech features and an upgraded adaptive front lighting system.

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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