KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 8/7/2013
For those seeking an SUV with that drives like a high-end car, the 2014 QX50 should be on the shopping list. With agility that's remarkable for its size, and a smooth ride over rough and broken surfaces, the QX50 delivers an exceptional driving experience. You'll also appreciate the powerful V6 engine and available all-wheel drive (AWD), which allows the QX50 to deal with just about any reasonably-expected surface. Then step inside and try not to be impressed by the stunning interior, with colors, shapes, materials and surfaces that make this among the most luxurious in the segment. Add in the 360-degree Around View Monitor, the shapely exterior and the wonder of self-healing paint, and it's tough to find a competitor that beats the QX50.
You'll Like This Car If...
Looking for an SUV with curvaceous styling, a smooth and powerful engine, car-like driving characteristics, and a stunning interior? Head on down to the Infiniti dealer and check out the QX50.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The QX50 is not the best on overall interior space. If you need more rear-seat legroom or just flat more capacity for hauling things, you probably need something bigger.
What's New for 2014
Infiniti is re-naming its product line and the 2014 QX50 is the same vehicle, with a different title, as the 2013 EX37. Other than the new name, there has been no change of any consequence to last year's EX37.
That the 2014 Infiniti QX50 rides and handles like a high-end car is no surprise, as it's derived from the exceptionally nice-driving Infiniti G37 sedan. The 3.7-liter V6 engine is smooth and responsive and delivers its significant power through an excellent 7-speed automatic transmission, while the well-tuned suspension makes the QX50 one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs we've tested. Even better, ride comfort doesn't take a back seat to performance, although some of the smoothness is sacrificed with the optional 19-inch wheels and tires. Acceleration is swift and steady, the steering has great on-center feel, and the handling response and is remarkable for a vehicle of this size. The 7-speed automatic has a very nifty downshift rev-matching feature that assures smooth downshifts and improved stability. Additionally, Infiniti's optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system delivers added traction when the surfaces are slick.
While any buyer of a vehicle in this category will reasonably expect a certain level of luxury and features, the interior of the QX50 really stands out for its stunning styling, its use of upscale materials, and its fine attention to detail.
INTELLIGENT CRUISE CONTROL
Conventional cruise-control systems are useful when the highways are relatively deserted, but Infiniti's Intelligent Cruise Control can operate under the most congested traffic conditions by maintaining a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. As traffic slows, the system can automatically reduce vehicle speed – to a complete stop if necessary – and accelerate once traffic begins to move.
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