The Infiniti QX55 comes in three well-equipped trim levels: Luxe, Essential, and Sensory. All models have the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 268 hp and 280 lb-ft, a CVT, and AWD.
Exterior features across the range include auto on/off LEDS with signature DRLs, front LED fog lights and taillamps, a moonroof, a power liftgate, and rear parking sensors. Inside, base models feature dual-zone climate control, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, standard leather seats, eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar, and a basic six-speaker sound system. Infotainment at the entry-level is covered by two touchscreens - an eight-inch upper screen and a seven-inch lower screen.
Moving up through the trims sees the addition of cube-design LED headlights, reverse tild-down exterior mirrors, a motion-activated liftgate, front parking sensors, tri-zone climate control, ambient lighting, navigation, semi-aniline leather seats, a heated steering wheel, memory for the driver's seat and steering wheel, as well as ventilated front seats. A 16-speaker Bose sound setup is added from the middle of the range. Safety is bolstered in the upper trims with traffic sign recognition, a head-up display, and a surround-view monitor.
The price of an Infiniti QX55 starts at $49,150 for the base Luxe, while the Essential will cost you $54,250. For the ultimate in the range, you'll want the Sensory model, which has an MSRP of $57,800. These prices exclude the $1,195 destination fee charged in the USA.
Feature customization is only available to the mid-range Essential trim, which has the ProACTIVE Package, at a cost of $1,600 and adds a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, direct adaptive steering, and the ProPILOT Assist suite, which comprises steering assist and intelligent cruise control with stop and hold.
For the entry-spec and top-end trims, only a few standalone accessories are available, including splash guards, welcome lighting, and a variety of aesthetic tweaks.
If we were walking into an Infiniti dealership to buy a compact crossover, we'd walk out with a QX50 over a QX55. It offers similar styling and greater practicality all for around $8k less. Even factoring in the QX55's standard AWD, the QX50 still represents a price saving. In our opinion, that money would be better spent stepping up to the larger QX60, not the smaller QX55. But if you absolutely had to have a QX55, we'd settle on the mid-tier Essential trim, since it features a few of the features from the top trim and has more customization available through the available add-ons. As described, a QX55 would run for around $55k.