2020 Infiniti QX50

2020 Infiniti QX50
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2020 Infiniti QX50 Driver Seat

2020 Infiniti QX50 Review: Variable Compression, Varying Results

by Michael Butler

It's becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between the different compact SUVs on offer in the US today. The market is awash with amorphous vehicles that look like they are a mix of station wagon, hatchback, and traditional SUV. For this exact reason, automakers have had to step up their game significantly, and the end result is a car-buying public that's spoilt for choice. The 2020 Infiniti QX50 is the perfect example of this phenomena: it's arguably good looking, comfortable, quick and has all the gadgets you'll ever need, but it still struggles to capture the imagination and attention of most people, which may be perfect for some, or a deal-breaker for others. Infiniti has gone out of its way to let the world know that the QX50 is powered by the world's first-ever variable compression engine - a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder developing 268 horsepower - which sounds cool, but in the real world goes by relatively unnoticed. What really impressed us was the QX50's refined ride, plush interior, and a good list of standard features. It might get pricey higher up in the range, but it's one of the best in its class, and well worth the money.

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2020 Infiniti QX50 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 QX50?

For 2020 Infiniti has decided to grow the QX50 family: there are two new trim levels on offer, namely the Sensory and Autograph, that take the two highest slots in the range and get the most desirable features. The QX50 is also on the receiving end of a whole host of active driver assistance features, which includes blind-spot monitoring, rear automatic-braking, auto high-beams, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert - a boon for the QX50. The infotainment system gets a software update, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and the optional packages have been reshuffled.

Pros and Cons

  • Variable compression ratio engine is a thing of the future
  • Upmarket interior
  • There's lots of cargo space
  • It's whisper-quiet at cruising speeds
  • Real-world fuel economy isn't that impressive
  • There's little to no steering feel
  • You have to climb the trim ladder to get the top features

What's the Price of the 2020 Infiniti QX50?

The price range of the 2020 QX50 stretches over five trim levels, two drivetrains, and a price range of $18,600, so there are a ton of configurations, and potential buyers shouldn't have any trouble finding the perfect package. The base model starts off with an MSRP of $37,250, which places it right next to the $37,600 Acura RDX, while the German Q5 will cost you a whole $6,050 more at $43,300. Going for the AWD version will add another $2,000 to the asking price. Next in line is the Luxe, which sells for $40,250, followed by the Essential, which will set you back $44,100. Second from the top sits the Sensory, which goes for $48,900, and finally, you get the Autograph, which retails at $53,850 in FWD guise. It's clear to see that the QX50 gets pricey as you climb up the trim ladder and outprices both the Acura and Audi. Fully loaded, the AWD QX50 Autograph will cost you nearly $67,000. The prices mentioned above exclude tax, title, licensing, and options.

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2020 Infiniti QX50 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2020 QX50 Exterior

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2020 Infiniti QX50 Front View
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  • Length 184.7 in
  • Wheelbase 110.2 in
  • Height 66.0 in
  • Max Width 74.9 in
  • Front Width 64.4 in
  • Rear Width 64.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,810.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Hermosa Blue
  • Graphite Shadow
  • Black Obsidian
  • Liquid Platinum
  • Lunar White
  • Mocha Almond
  • Dynamic Sunstone Red, Build Out: 07/31/19
  • Majestic White
  • Lunar White, Build Out: 07/31/19
  • Dynamic Sunstone Red

2020 QX50 Performance

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2020 Infiniti QX50 Front Angle View
2020 Infiniti QX50 Rear Angle View
2020 Infiniti QX50 Engine

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Comfort and luxury take top priority when it comes to the handling and driving experience of the 2020 QX50. Around town, the ride is compliant and comfortable, and the QX50 shakes off rough road surfaces without breaking a sweat. The same goes for highway cruising; the ride is smooth and controlled, and the steering feels well-weighted, which inspires confidence when you're traveling at 60 and above. The selectable Dynamic and Dynamic Plus modes weigh it up even further, but it's best left in standard mode. As with the majority of modern SUVs, especially in the compact segment, steering feedback is minimal, but the QX50 will plow its head into corners with believable eagerness, even if its weight starts to show mid-corner. The QX50's soft brake pedal feel can lead to inconsistent and jerky braking at lower speeds, which becomes annoying, especially for passengers, but the overall braking performance was good. The QX50's handling has a distinct luxury bias, which will appeal to a more mature crowd of shoppers.

2020 QX50 Interior

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2020 Infiniti QX50 Steering Wheel
2020 Infiniti QX50 Infotainment System
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 39.6 in
  • Front Head Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.1 in

2020 QX50 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Infiniti QX50 Luggage Space
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2020 QX50 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2020 Infiniti QX50 A Good SUV?

Infiniti builds good looking cars, and the QX50 is no different. Compared to rivals such as the Audi Q5, the QX50 looks more emotive and exudes premium presence. The 2020 model car has received two new trim levels, namely the Sensory and Autograph, and the entire range now enjoys standard active driver assistance features such as forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward collision warning, lane departure warning and advanced cruise control, with stop and start function on higher-spec models. Infiniti has made a big deal about their variable compression ratio engine, which can step up or scale down the pressure inside the combustion chamber for increased performance or economy. It's an impressive trick, but it doesn't blow you over, and most owners won't have the slightest clue what it means or does. That being said, the QX50 is decently quick and will prove to be fast enough for the average Joe or Karen. What we love most about this compact SUV is its smooth handling and driving experience, and its plush interior that's not only well put together, but packed with modern tech. Passenger and trunk space is excellent, and the QX50 should prove to be the perfect companion for young and active families who enjoy some of the finer things in life.

What Infiniti QX50 Model Should I Buy?

The model lineup for 2020 has been segmented in a way that gives new buyers a wide range of options in terms of spec level, tech, and practicality, but it comes at a price: the price difference between the base model and top tier car is over $16,000, which is a lot in this price range. The base model already offers so much, that most drivers will be happy with settling, but there are some seriously good features that become available higher up in the range, such as adaptive cruise control, navigation, and even direct active steering. The Luxe model, one step above the Pure, adds a few handy features such as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED foglights, and a power-sliding moonroof, but it's mostly superficial. For the best balance between price and goodies, look at the Essential, which adds heated front seats, navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a front sonar system as well as a surround-view camera system. The Essential can also be equipped with the ProASSIST Package, which adds adaptive cruise control and lane departure prevention, among other featurea.

2020 Infiniti QX50 Comparisons

Acura RDX CarBuzz
Audi Q5
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Infiniti QX50268 hp23/29 mpg$40,300
Acura RDX 272 hp22/28 mpg$41,750
Audi Q5 201 hp23/29 mpg$44,200

2020 Infiniti QX50 vs Acura RDX

The Acura RDX closely matches the offering made by the Infiniti QX50 but takes a slightly different route. At first glance, the RDX has a more rugged-looking exterior and doesn't match the QX50's sleek and premium-looking body styling, which is neither a good or bad thing. Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, which produces 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, which is slightly more than the QX50 despite its fancy variable compression technology. The RDX will consume slightly more fuel though, with estimates of 22/28/24 mpg. Both cars offer good interior space and are closely matched in terms of legroom, but the RDX can't match the Infiniti in terms of cargo space, and its interior also feels less refined. Tech such as Android Auto and Amazon in-car delivery keep it at the forefront, and the AcuraWatch safety system includes similar features to the QX50, such as lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and more. A fully kitted RDX goes for Around $47,000, which makes it mighty appealing, but the QX50 is the better car overall.

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2020 Infiniti QX50 vs Audi Q5

The conservatively-styled Audi Q5 has been a class-favorite for a while now and is even better now after it received a good number of updates for 2020. The Q5 is powered by a typical turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot, which produces a rather disappointing 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. With a weight disadvantage of nearly 200 pounds, the Q5 will still manage a reasonable 22/28/24 mpg. The interior space of the Q5 is similar to that of the QX50, but the Audi manages to feel even more premium (premium interiors are Audi's game after all), but the Infiniti offers more standard features and a larger trunk. Out on the road, the Audi is more fun to drive, despite its power disadvantage, and makes the QX50 feel disconnected by comparison. The Q5 then is a solid contender and is only let down by its limited standard features and high asking price. Get the QX50.

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