The Infiniti QX50 is a compact SUV that feels more like a premium sports car. Formerly known as the EX37, Infiniti's small luxury crossover is large on amenities and has an outsized resale value compared to its rivals.
By its graceful curves inside and out alone, you can tell that the 2014 QX50 bucks the rugged, utilitarian aspirations of traditional sport utility vehicles in favor of something much more graceful. If any doubts about the QX50's persona linger, all it takes is one test-drive to realize this Infiniti is more about sport than utility. Thanks to one of the best V6 engines in the business and standard rear-wheel drive, the QX50 gets down to its own business in a hurry, and thanks to a well-tuned suspension clings to the road once at it. For drivers who need added traction to deal with inclement weather, Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system is available to help keep you out of the snow banks.
While its sleek, low-slung roof robs some interior and cargo space, the QX50 can still fit up to five passengers. It is the driver and front passenger who will most appreciate what the Infiniti's lush interior cabin has to offer, though, such as well-bolstered leather seats — inspired by the tailored fit of a kimono, says Infiniti — and an available 11-speaker Bose audio system.
Aside from its SUV-meets-sports-car persona, the 2014 QX50 also proves that you don't have to sacrifice the kids' college savings account to attain such a vehicle. A starting price of around $35,000 is as appealing as this Infiniti is to drive.
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