Infiniti extends driver-assist technology to all 2022 QX50 models

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Luxury brand Infiniti’s most affordable SUV, the compact five-passenger QX50, offers a variety of upgrades for 2022.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist Advanced Driver Assistance Technology Package are now standard on all five QX50 trim levels. A USB-C charging port for rear passengers and keyless entry for the rear doors along with LED welcome lights on their handles are also standard.

The five QX50 models are named Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory and Autograph. The top-level Autograph comes standard with all-wheel drive while the others have standard front-wheel drive and the AWD option for $2,000.

The 2022 Infiniti QX50 profile shows a mix of muscularity and elegance. (Manufacturer photo)

Pricing starts at $40,175, including a destination charge of $1,025 for the front-drive Pure model. There’s nothing austere about the base Pure model. It’s still an Infiniti, after all. The only features the Pure doesn’t have that are standard on all other models are LED front fog lights, heated exterior mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and roof rails. The electric lumbar support adjustment for its driver’s seat is two-way, but the others have four-way. And the others have leather seats but Pure has leatherette which some people would prefer anyway.

I drove the Essential model with AWD, priced at $49,975. It adds features missing from the Pure (these are included in the Luxe version) as well as rain-sensing wipers, heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, surround-view camera, navigation and a premium Bose sound system. with 16 speakers and the rare presence of a CD/DVD player.

The dual-screen infotainment system gives navigation its own terrain, which can help or hinder depending on operator acumen, but the system’s overall learning curve is a bit too vertical.

All QX50 models are powered by a 268 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 280 lb-ft of torque and good starting ability. Its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the weakest partner in the relationship.

Fuel economy ratings for a front-drive QX50 are 23 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. With AWD, the numbers are 22/28/25. The QX50 cabin is a comforting environment. Passenger space is generous, exterior noise is minimal and jolts are non-existent at highway speeds.

A dual-screen infotainment system gives navigation its own territory inside the 2022 Infiniti QX50. The top-level Autograph interior is shown here.  (Manufacturer photo)

A dual-screen infotainment system gives navigation its own territory inside the 2022 Infiniti QX50. The top-level Autograph interior is shown here. (Manufacturer photo)

2022 INFINITI QX50 ESSENTIAL AWD

Base price including destination charges: $49,975

Price as driven: $49,975

Mary Lowry is a member of the Motor Press Guild and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. She lives in Snohomish County. Vehicles are provided by vehicle manufacturers on a one-week loan for evaluation purposes only. Manufacturers do not control the content of reviews.

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