2017 Infiniti QX50 Review: Better Than You’d Guess, Ancient Nonetheless

Infiniti’s geriatric quasi-crossover is a pleasant reminder of the good old days

A redesigned Infiniti QX50 is coming, and it will go grille-to-grille with compact luxury crossover SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac XT5, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. It can’t arrive fast enough to replace this, the old QX50, which originally debuted a decade ago as the 2008 EX35.

Things have changed since that first EX arrived. It got a bigger engine. It got a new name. It got a wheelbase stretch. It got a suspension lift. It even got updated safety and infotainment technologies. But there is no question that the 2017 Infiniti QX50 is ripe for replacement.

Normally, decade-old designs disappoint. In this case, because the QX50 is to the old G37 sports sedan what the Honda Crosstour was to the Accord family sedan, driving one is like jumping into the Wayback Machine for a thrilling ride down Memory Lane.

In fact, the 2017 Infiniti QX50 is enjoyable enough to drive that it almost makes up for its significant shortcomings.

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