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2023 Infiniti QX55 Review, Pricing, and Specs

Overview

The Infiniti QX55 SUV shares its mechanical underpinnings and the front half of its good shape with the QX50. However, for the bold QX55, presence and glitz are more important than ample cargo space or maximum headroom for rear-seat passengers. The two QXs share a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission, although all-wheel drive is standard on the 55 and optional on the 50. The QX55 aims to spoil its passengers with a smooth ride and a well-dressed cabin equipped with leather seats and an array of standard creature comforts and safety technology. Those positives aren’t enough to offset its negatives: We weren’t convinced by the same powerplant in our long-term QX50, nor was there anything outstanding in its ride or handling. Moreover, both QXs compete in a compact luxury SUV class that includes such poignant and varied stars as the Genesis GV70, Porsche Macan and BMW X3 M. The QX55 is undeniably handsome, but plenty of competitors offer good looks too—and a lot more substance as well.

What’s new for 2023?

The Infiniti QX55 gets a slew of new standard features for the 2023 model year. All models now come with the automaker’s ProPILOT Assist technology with Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist along with lane departure warning and blind spot detection. Also standard are leather-trimmed seats, four-way driver lumbar, side airbags and a rear USB-C charging port. Additionally, Essential models also get traffic sign recognition plus adaptive front lighting and auto-levelling LED headlights as standard content. Finally, the top Sensory models are now equipped with heated rear outer seats and 4-way passenger power lumbar.

Prices and which one to buy

Luxury

$50,275

$55,375

Sensory

$58,925

The QX55 is offered in three trims: base Luxe, midrange Essential and loaded Sensory. Of these, the Essential trim offers the best value by offering popular tech and luxury features at a reasonable price. It comes standard with in-dash navigation, a 360-degree exterior camera system, heated and cooled front seats and a 16-speaker Bose stereo system.

Engine, transmission and performance

The QX55 is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the QX50. Dubbed the VC-Turbo, it features a complex variable compression system, produces 268 horsepower, and is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and standard all-wheel drive. Our time spent with a similarly equipped QX50 leads us to expect acceptable acceleration from the QX55. Our long-term QX50 test vehicle achieved a 6.4-second run to 60 mph and was a comfortable SUV with competent, but not quite athletic, handling. Our initial test drive of the QX55 served to confirm our belief that it works almost identically to the QX50. When we have a chance to strap our test equipment to the QX55, we’ll update this story with test results.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA says the QX55 is good for just 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, and its sibling—the QX50—didn’t prove particularly economical in our testing. Despite its high-tech variable-compression engine, the QX50 returned a ho-hum 27 mpg our 75 mph highway fuel economy test route. Once we get to test a QX55, we’ll see if it can do any better. For more information on the QX55’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

A stylish and well-appointed cabin is mostly carried over from the QX50, but rather than using that model’s quilted leather upholstery, Infiniti’s designers opted for a simpler look. Base models come standard with artificial leather upholstery, while genuine leather and semi-aniline leather are offered as options. Black, open-pore wood trim accentuates the attractive interior design. The sloping roofline reduces rear headroom by 1.5 inches; cargo space is less spacious than in the QX50, which housed nine of our carry-on cases behind its second-row seats.

Infotainment and connectivity

Infiniti appears to be committed to a dual-screen infotainment setup, with the upper screen providing navigation and the lower, secondary screen serving radio, media and vehicle settings. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard equipment and feature wireless connectivity. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is standard across all trims, and a Bose stereo system is standard on both the Essential and Sensory models.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Infiniti offers a suite of driver assistance features as standard, and the company’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving mode is standard for 2023 (it was previously optional). For more information on the QX55’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Standard blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

As with all Infinitis, the QX55 comes standard with a comprehensive warranty package, with a powertrain policy that is longer than rivals such as the Porsche Macan and the Volvo XC60. However, Volvo sweetens the deal with up to three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Infiniti QX55

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

BASE PRICE
Luxury AWD, $47,525; Essential AWD, $52,625; Sensory AWD, $58,075

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection

Displacement
120–122 inches31971–1997 cm3

Force
268 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque
280 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION
continuously variable automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 110.2 inches
Length: 186.3 inches
Width: 74.9 inches
Height: 63.8 inches
Passenger volume: 100 feet3
Cargo volume: 27 feet3
Combat weight (C/D east): 4150 lbs.

PERFORMANCE (C/D IS)
60 mph: 6.4 sec
1/4 mile: 15.0 sec
Top speed: 137 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D IS)
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/28 mpg

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