2019 Infiniti QX50: Monthly Update for September 2018
by Dan Frio, Reviews Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Oh, dear. This doesn't bode well. Just a few months into its stint in our garage and our 2019 Infiniti QX50 barely covered 700 miles of local driving. Are we already really that indifferent to this new Infiniti and its clever new engine technology? It would appear so just by looking at the stat sheet.
But data can lie. Fact is, we've had a remarkable run of test cars in and out of the office lately, cars that come in for short testing periods then leave. These cars get driven out of necessity, leaving our long-termers quiet and forlorn. Many of us have also been spending a lot of time on airplanes.
We'll see how the fall shapes up, but I'd like to think the QX50 is simply biding its time to show us what it can do. Editor Josh spent some time at the wheel and thinks the QX stacks up nicely with its primary Japanese rival. Those are qualities we'll be looking for in a Southern California luxury SUV.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
In September, we added just 703 miles. Overall fuel economy continues to disappoint, however; we averaged just 18.9 mpg for the month, which is one full point less than our August result. The QX50's own fuel economy meter was a bit better-calibrated this month: It recorded itself achieving 18.7 mpg.
We're only about 5,000 miles into this test, but our overall fuel economy is 20.2 mpg. That's not even close to the EPA estimate for city driving, let alone the estimate for combined mpg. It's early yet, but still a worry — the QX50 shouldn't be this far off its numbers, even this early.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.2
EPA mpg rating: 26 combined (24 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.0
Best range: 309.4 miles
Current odometer: 5,693 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Even though the QX50 is almost 8 inches shorter than the (two-row) Lexus RX, driving it always gets me thinking about the Lexus. Infiniti is straddling segments here, hoping that the QX50 can fend off size-class rivals like the BMW X3 while also giving the RX something to think about.
"Would I recommend the QX50 to an RX shopper? Yeah, I think I would. Like the RX, it's got plenty of passenger room in both seating rows, and it actually has more cargo space despite its shorter body. The interior is convincingly luxurious, too. To top it off, the QX50's base price undercuts the RX 350's by about $7,000. I like this Infiniti more than I thought I would, and I bet a lot of RX fans would say the same thing after a test drive." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy