STATUS: Redesigned for 2019 and unchanged for 2020 - The second generation of Infiniti's five-passenger tall wagon was renewed for 2019, receiving a new platform, fresh sheetmetal and a high-tech variable-compression internal-combustion engine. The redesign dovetails with the cancellation of the small QX30, which was based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA class. Although the QX50's overall length and the distance between the front and rear wheels had shrunk, both the width and height were significantly increased. That, plus a more upright hind section, provided a dramatic increase in cargo volume. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, but the stout numbers only tell part of the story. Under a light loads, cylinder compression increases to 14:1 for greater fuel efficiency, but decreases to 8:1 during aggressive driving so that additional turbocharger boost can be dialed in. The powerplant is connected to a continuously variable transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive trim levels consist of base Pure, Luxe, Essential and the new-for-2020 Sensory and Autograph. The latter comes loaded with tri-zone climate control, navigation, leather and faux suede seat coverings (climate-controlled in front) and around-view camera monitoring with moving-object detection. A 16-speaker Bose audio system, adaptive (pivoting) headlights and genuine maple wood trim are also included with the Autograph.
Base price (incl. destination): $38,250
Type: Midsize utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter DOHC I-4, turbocharged (268)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base MPG (city/highway/combined): 24/31/27
Base weight (lb.): 3,855