For some luxury automakers, the design of a <$35k crossover necessitates many sacrifices and frustrating omissions. Smaller cabins, plastic-like interiors and piddling powertrains often test the “luxury” description of some low-end haulers.
The Infiniti QX50 is an exception. Built upon the same platform and with the same engine as the Nissan 370Z sports car, this crossover boasts uncharacteristic speed and agility for its class while managing ~25 highway mpg. The cabin is spacious, well-appointed and comfortable, all wrapped in a handsome outer package.
While other crossovers cut corners in design, this one cuts corners on the road.