Consistent incremental change is the key to long term success in the auto industry.  And one of the more recent examples of that is the Infiniti QX50. 2019 saw major change with a shift to front-wheel-drive architecture and the introduction of variable compression engine technology.  

2020 saw less comprehensive but quite significant updates including upgraded safety features, and a new dual-screen infotainment setup.  

Now, time for a Quick Spin in this 2021 Infiniti QX50 and even more updates.

Making additional equipment standard is a win for everyone; and going forward, all QX50’s get rear side airbags, acoustic laminated glass, and even a WiFi hotspot, if that’s something of interest to you.    

One step up from base, is Luxe trim which gets a host of previous options made standard including heated seats and Intelligent Cruise Control.  

This Autograph example showcases the best of what the QX50 has to offer; fitted with a panoramic moonroof, motion activated liftgate, remote start, head up display, leather everything, ProPilot Assist, and 16-speaker Bose Performance Series audio.  

The look is quite luxurious outside as well. Still, not quite as swoopy as the original, with a tall front end, and strong SUV profile.  

But following current trends, while at the same time flashing back to the Infiniti FX, will be a new Coupe version of the QX50 coming later this summer, the 2022 QX55.  All-wheel-drive will be standard on this one, and the elevated hatchback vibe will certainly return the sporty look to Infiniti’s crossover lineup that’s been missing for some time.  

All QX50’s are equipped with Infiniti’s groundbreaking variable compression ratio 2.0-liter turbo engine. It outputs 268-horsepower and works with a CVT automatic. Front-wheel-drive is standard; all-wheel-drive a $2,000 option on all trims except for Autograph, where it costs $2,650.  

Brian Robinson: "The shift to front-wheel-drive architecture was a good thing, providing for both a smoother ride and more space inside. But, the variable compression engine and CVT transmission that came with the change brought some very un-Infiniti-like roughness.  And really, that’s all that’s keeping this QX50 from being the perfect compact luxury crossover."

Even with the updates, 2021 Infiniti QX50 pricing starts at just over $38,000; making it a relative bargain for the segment. Autograph trim starts at just over $54,000.  

And we’ll have more Quick Spins...soon!



  • Engine: 2.0L Turbo
  • Horsepower: 268
  • Starting Price: ~ $38,000