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2016 Infiniti QX50 Test Drive

What if I told you the new 2016 Infiniti QX50 can be had in rear-wheel drive? What if I said it would do 0 to 60 mph in just over 5.5 seconds, top out at 145 mph, and that, if you turn off the traction control, it will blaze the rear tires from a standstill? Would you be excited? If not, you should be, because in a world of crossovers and small SUVs, the QX50 is a hot-rod in a nicely tailored suit. Plus, with a starting price of just $34,450.00* it may be more accessible than you think.

Please continue reading for the full 2016 Infiniti QX50 review, specs, pricing, and data!

 

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Exterior:

The 2016 QX50 comes to us with a level of refinement that helps distinguish it from the competition. A long, low hood takes queues from the Q50 sedan and leads the eye into the chrome-adorned beltline and 245/45-series Bridgestone rubber on 19×8.5-inch, split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels. Using black or chrome and brushed metallic accents, Infiniti has managed to do a fine job of giving some contrast to the Midnight Garnet paint. You may also notice the QX50 is not made to go off-road, but instead keep you firmly planted on tarmac. This goes for both the all-wheel and rear drive models, both sitting on a 113.3-inch wheelbase. By adopting a low step-in height, there is an ease of entry that’s uncommon in most of today’s crossovers. The rear doors open a full 80-degrees making everything a much easier endeavor, from entry and exits to the loading of cargo.

HID headlamps employ adaptive technology allowing the QX50 to direct light towards corners for enhanced visibility while LED rear taillights give those that follow a clean view of what’s ahead. A dual exhaust featuring large polished tips resides in a brushed lower rear fascia with a rear hatch spoiler adding a bit of aero to the roofline.

For those who want to personalize their ride, there are seven color choices (Majestic White, Liquid Platinum, Black Obsidian, Graphite Shadow, Midnight Garnet, Malbec Black, Hagane Blue), a stainless steel rear bumper protector, splash guards, roof rail crossbars, and two sets of alloy wheels (18- and 19-inch) available.

 

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Interior:

While flowing contours, rich leather surfaces, and high quality materials make up much of the 2016 Infiniti QX50’s interior, it’s the 7-inch color information display that acts as the focal point of the cabin. Whether you’re connecting to the Bose 11-speaker sound system, using the Infiniti hard drive navigation, or simply checking the weather or traffic conditions, the center mounted screen offers up great usability and color. Large analog gauges are clear with an inset digital screen, giving the driver current information in regards to the QX50’s overall settings.

On road the cabin is quiet with only a hit of road noise, however, it’s the high-quality materials that make the cabin so inviting. An 8-way power adjustable drivers seat (4-way power for the passenger) with lumber support and heat keeps one comfortable. Rear seat room is adequate for adults, and the 18.6-cu.ft. of storage space that’s located behind the rear seats is ample. Six different interior color combinations are also offered in regards to leather and cabin accents.

For 2016, Infiniti has packed in a ton of technology. Bose stereo aside, there’s also audio streaming via Bluetooth, a 360-view camera system with front sonar monitoring, a USB iPod connection port, SiriusXM satellite radio, intelligent cruise control, an auto-dimming inside mirror, and voice recognition for audio, navigation and information systems. The distance control assist program aids drivers in keeping a safe following distance from the vehicle traveling in the same lane and direction ahead of them.

 

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Performance:

Driving a crossover shouldn’t mean that you shouldn’t DRIVE a crossover. Where most people view them as simple people movers, Infiniti has gone in a different direction with the 2016 QX50. First off, it’s rear wheel drive – a good start (AWD is available). Second, it comes with a 3.7-liter V6 that makes 325-horsepower and 267-lb.ft. of torque. Third, it gets to 60 miles per hour in around 6 seconds and tops out at 145 mph. That means you’re now piloting a crossover with stats that aren’t far from the Nissan 370Z sports car… see where I’m going with this?

With a great chassis, quick steering, and a nice snarl emanating from the dual exhaust, the QX50 impresses upon its driver that it’s ready to perform. Once underway you’ll notice a firm smooth ride. The steering is nicely weighted and offers some feedback. The brakes, with their 12.6 x 1.3-inch ventilated discs, offer great initial bite and a confident pedal. The 7-speed automatic transmission shifts briskly with a manual shift mode offering up sequentially manual gearshifts featuring downshift rev matching. Infiniti has also thought it best to offer a usable spare tire as well, something companies seem to be moving away from. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings stand at 17 mpg city, 24 highway and 20 mpg in combined driving**.

 

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Safety:

The long list of safety features in the 2016 Infiniti QX50 is just as impressive as the performance figures. There’s Infiniti’s advanced air bag system, front-seat active head restraints, zone body construction with a reinforced passenger compartment, front and rear crumple zones, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, anti-lock brakes, blind spot warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, traction control, and vehicle dynamic control, which adjusts engine power along with applying appropriate brake pressure to individual wheels to help correct oversteer or understeer.

In short, you should feel confident in the fact that the 2016 QX50 is equipped with some of the best safety features in the automotive industry.

 

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2016 Infiniti QX50 Overall:

Infiniti has managed to bring the 2016 QX50 into a realm where few other crossovers dare to tread by combining luxury, performance, safety, and good looks. It’s fun, well built, and, with a base price of $34,450.00 and an “as tested” price of $43,535.00, it’s also reasonably priced when compared to the competition.

If you’re interested in test driving a 2016 Infiniti QX50, then drop by your local AutoNation Infiniti dealer today to check one out!

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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