Despite its advanced variable-compression turbo engine and fetching design, Infiniti’s small luxury crossover struggles to stand out after 40,000 miles.
Regular facelifts and redesigns are the ticks and tocks marking the passage of time in the car business. But even with continuous improvement being the cadence of the industry, there are updates and changes and then there are wholesale reinventions. Infiniti’s 2019 QX50 wasn’t a mid-engine-Corvette brain exploder, but it was an unusually clean-sheet undertaking. What had been an almost-wagon became a fully profiled crossover and went from a rear-driver to a front-driver (with all-wheel drive optional on either), from offering a seven-speed automatic to a CVT, and from having six naturally aspirated cylinders to four with a turbocharger.
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