Drivetrain: A 325-horsepower V6 carries over as the sole engine; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive.
The original EX35 that became the QX50 for 2014 has finally received the significant redesign that it has been owed for the past two years. The alterations place the entry-luxury wagon in step with the rest of the Infiniti lineup. Virtually all of the vehicle’s exterior is all new and, just as importantly, the hatchback has grown 4.5 inches in length and gains 3.2 inches between the front and rear wheels. The growth spurt has also resulted in 4.3 inches of extra legroom for rear-seat passengers and added interior volume for all. Infiniti’s stylists also started with a clean sheet of paper (more likely a blank computer screen) when envisioning the QX50’s cabin. Along with what the automaker calls its signature “double wave” instrument panel there’s a seven-inch touch-screen display, high-contrast gauges and power-adjustable front seats. Returning for 2016 is a 3.7-liter V6 that maxes out at 325 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission remains the seven-speed automatic with manual shift mode. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive models continue to be available in the same single trim level. Standard features include leather seat covers, heated front seats, push button start, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, eight-spoke 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a power sliding tinted glass moonroof. From that point there are a number of option packages for you to customize your QX50 with items such as climate control, 11-speaker Bose audio package, navigation system, maple interior trim (in place of aluminum), 19-inch wheels in place of 18-inchers and the latest in crash-prevention/avoidance hacks.
Base price (incl. destination): $35,450
Type: Four-door wagon/hatchback
Base engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (325)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /all-wheel-drive
Transmissions: Seven-speed automatic
MPG (city/highway): 17/24(RWD)
Weight (lb.): 3,860