2023 Infiniti QX55: What’s New?
The Infiniti QX55 shares most of its mechanicals and the forward half of its body with the QX50. But unlike the smaller QX50, which is aimed at buyers who prioritize commodious cargo space and maximum headroom for passengers in the rear seat, the QX55 has a bolder design and more presence that appeal to buyers seeking something more stylish.
The QX50 and QX55 have the same engine and transmission, but their many differences are evident in the way each vehicle treats its passengers. The QX55 has leather seats and a selection of standard features for a luxurious ride, while the QX50 has a sportier design with all-wheel drive as an option.
We weren’t convinced by the same powertrain 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 compelling and varied stars as the Genesis GV70, Porsche Macan and BMW X3 M. The QX55 is undeniably attractive, but many rivals also offer good looks—and much more substance as well.
What's New in 2023?
The Infiniti QX55 will come with a host of new standard features for the 2023 model year. All models will now come equipped with ProPILOT Assist technology, which can be paired with Intelligent Cruise Control and Steering Assist, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot detection.
The standard features on the Essential include leather-appointed seating, four-way driver power lumbar, rear-side impact airbags, and a rear USB-C charge port. The Essential model also includes traffic sign recognition, adaptive front lighting, and auto-leveling LED headlights. The Sensory model comes with heated rear outer seats and 4-way passenger power lumbar in addition to the standard features.
How Much Does the 2023 Infiniti QX55 Cost?
The QX55 is available in three trims: base Luxe, midrange Essential, and loaded Sensory. The Essential trim offers the best value by providing popular features at a reasonable price. Standard features include in-dash navigation, a 360-degree exterior camera system, heated and cooled front seats, and a 16-speaker Bose stereo system.
How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Infiniti QX55?
The cost of insuring an Infiniti QX55 will depend on various factors, such as your deductible, the level of coverage you want, and whether you choose comprehensive or liability insurance. Your age, gender, location, and credit score can also have an impact on your rates.
Performance, Engine, and Transmission
The QX55 is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the QX50. The engine is called VC-Turbo, and it produces 268 horsepower. It’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive, which are standard.
Our experience with our long-term QX50 indicates that we expect the QX55 to have acceptable acceleration. Our long-term QX50 test vehicle accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and proved to be a comfortable sport-utility vehicle with capable but not athletic handling.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA rates the QX55’s fuel economy at 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway, and our testing of its sibling—the QX50—shows that it struggles to deliver 27 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route. We’ll see if the QX55 can do better once we get it out on our track. For more information about the QX55’s EPA ratings, visit their website .
Interiors and Comfort
The cabin is mostly a carryover from the QX50, but Infiniti’s designers have opted for a simpler look. Base models come standard with faux-leather upholstery; genuine leather and semi-aniline leather are available as options. Black, open-pore wood trim accents the handsome interior design. The sloping roofline reduces rear headroom by 1.5 inches; cargo space is less generous than in the QX50, which accommodated nine of our carry-on suitcases behind its second row of seats.