The INFINITI QX50 has been bestowed the 2021 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award in the Premium Compact Crossover segment for the third year in a row.
IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The QX50 hits all the premium compact SUV high points—it’s posh, stylish, quick, and fairly nimble, and it offers excellent room for people and cargo inside its sensibly sized exterior dimensions.
The QX50 is available with ProPilot Assist, a driving assistance technology that pairs full stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with automatic lane-centering steering assistance.
WHAT IS IT?
The QX50 is Infiniti’s entry into the popular premium compact SUV segment. After taking the 2018 model year off, the QX50 returned for 2019 in completely redesigned, re-imagined form. switching from rear-wheel-drive architecture to a front-wheel-drive-based chassis in the process. The sole powertrain is a turbocharged, variable-compression-ratio 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 268 horsepower and is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Trim levels ascend through Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph models. All QX50s come standard with features such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, keyless entry and starting, a dual-screen infotainment system, four USB ports, a power liftgate, and 19-inch wheels. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, semi-aniline leather upholstery, a navigation system, head-up display, surround-view camera display, front and rear parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, heated steering wheel, and tri-zone climate control.
All QX50s get a higher level of standard equipment for 2021, and the Luxe model is now available with an appearance package that includes 20-inch black-painted wheels, dark chrome accents, black grille mesh and mirror caps, and a graphite headliner.
VALUE IN CLASS
The Infiniti QX50 does a laudable job of balancing the “sport” and “utility” sides of the SUV equation, and brings impressive luxury to the table as well—at least in the higher-line trim levels. The variable-compression-ratio engine is an impressive piece of high-tech hardware, but its fuel economy doesn’t really impress compared to class rivals. Still, the QX50’s compelling list of standard and available features, passenger and cargo utility, and high style inside and out make it an excellent choice.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 2, 2020) – The INFINITI QX50 has been bestowed the 2021 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award in the Premium Compact Crossover segment. This marks the third year in a row the QX50 has been recognized with the award and was received after more than 150 new vehicles were test-driven.
“Winning the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award for the third year in a row shows that our designers and engineers understand what consumers want in a luxury crossover and we are proud the QX50 continues to deliver,” said Jeff Pope, Group Vice President of INFINITI Americas. The Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award is based on objective ratings and by distinguishing itself through performance value compared to others in the class. The 2021 QX50 hits all the premium compact SUV high points, with its stylish design and revolutionary VC-Turbo engine*, the world’s first production engine with variable compression to offer both power and efficiency on demand, while balancing the sport and utility sides of the SUV equation. "In a class of vehicles that can be surprisingly expensive, the QX50 shines not only for value, but for a deft balance of refinement and sportiness," said Tom Appel, Publisher, Consumer Guide.
For 2021, the QX50 continues the excellence first established in the 2019 model with unmistakable INFINITI signature design elements. The 2021 model incorporated a higher level of standard equipment across all models, including rear seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags, Automatic Collision Notification with emergency call, acoustic laminated front side glass, and Wi-Fi Hotspots. The LUXE model is now available with an appearance package that includes 20-inch black-painted wheels, dark chrome accents, black grille mesh and mirror caps, and a graphite headliner.
Available technologies on the QX50 include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Traffic Sign Recognition, Head-up Display, Direct Adaptive Steering, Tow Package and Climate Package as well as driver assistance features such as ProPILOT Assist, Rear Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.