The updated QX55 gets more standard features. Are they enough?
If you're in the market for a small luxury crossover with a coupe-like roofline, your options include the Audi Q5 Sportback, BMW X4, and the 2023 Infiniti QX55. The latter arrived on the market last year as a more stylish version of the conventional QX50 SUV, so we didn't expect any major overhauls for the 2023 model. As predicted, the 2023 QX55 rolls in with subtle changes, including new standard comfort and convenience features.
Some of the smaller, less notable changes include standard auto-folding heated mirrors, blind spot intervention, four-way driver power lumbar, LED welcome lighting in the rear door handles, and a USB-C port in the rear seats. None of these changes would make us reconsider our opinion of the QX55, but the addition of ProPilot Assist across all trim levels is a significant improvement.
ProPilot Assist combines adaptive cruise control with steering assist to create a comprehensive Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system. Drivers can use ProPilot in single-lane highway driving or in stop-and-go traffic. All three QX55 trims, the Luxe, Essential, and Sensory now get ProPilot as standard equipment, whereas last year's model required an upgrade to the Essential model. Speaking of the Essential, it also gains Traffic Sign Recognition and an adaptive front lighting system that was previously locked to a ProAssist Package.
Unfortunately, these additional safety features don't come for free. The QX55 Luxe starts at $49,150, a significant price increase from the 2022 model's $46,500 starting MSRP. Stepping up to the Essential costs $54,250, up from $51,600 in 2022.
The top Sensory grade, which adds a heated second row and four-way passenger lumbar adjustment, now costs $57,800, a small increase over the 2022 model ($57,050). Every QX55 model still uses the same 2.0-liter Variable Compression turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 268 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel-drive comes standard on the QX55, sending power out through a continuously variable transmission.
Deliveries of the 2023 Infiniti QX55 start this summer, with every model coming equipped with Infiniti Premium Care, an integrated maintenance program that includes inspections, oil changes and tire rotations. These changes likely won't move the sales needle much for Infiniti, but rumors of an updated QX80 flagship that isn't just a Nissan Armada with more leather could garner more excitement.