Consumer Reports Found 2019 Infiniti QX50 Has Some Glaring Flaws

Consumer Reports took the new Infiniti QX50 out and immediately found a few problems with it, with one of the most annoying ones being the way it corners.

The reviewer found the steering to be light, lacking feeling and precision. Also, the fact that there is quite a lot of body lean on the track doesn’t help the premium compact SUV either.

Next comes the new four-pot, which promises the power of a V6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. However, that’s not quite the case, as it may perform satisfactory in straight line accelerations, but it’s not on par with the competition.

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Adding not one, but two infotainment screens inside may be refreshing for gadget freaks, but the truth is that having two displays is very confusing. Infiniti chose to use the lower one mainly for the climate and audio settings, and the top one for the phone and navigation functions. These can be operated via the touchscreen function, or the rotary knob located between the seats.

On the plus side, the cabin of the all-new QX50 is very quiet and cozy. It gets lots of soft touch materials and leather upholstery, and that’s a big plus for Infiniti’s SUV.

Visibility is not that great, though, as the lower part of the A-pillars makes it hard to see potential obstacles, and the sloping roofline at the back will make drivers rely on the 360-degree camera system when maneuvering in tight spaces.

Pricing for the 2019 QX50 starts at $36,550. Adding some optional features, such as the head-up display, adaptive cruise control, steering assist, lane departure warning and other systems will increase that considerably, though – CR’s test car, for example, comes at a hefty $51,380.


  • Christian Wimmer

    Wait, so not measuring up to the competition in a straight line acceleration race is a „flaw?“

    What‘s next? They won‘t recommend it because it can‘t crack the Nürburgring in under 8 minutes?

    • no25

      i just wanna know why your apostrophes are backwards and quotations are upside down/backwards too

      • Christian Wimmer


        German keyboard. That‘s how quotations go in Germany.. :p


    • Bash

      True, this model looks much better on the enterior side than the older model.

  • Kir Rik Davis

    Its not american so it has flaws these ppl will nic pic every asian car that come over here if its german it handle the corners and get top reviews for not be reliable!!

    • Krisnadi Imam

      but nissan… as far as experience goes, skip nissan… not having good exp with em 🙁

      • But many have good experience with nissan, some bad with honda and Toyota too, Furthermore motortrend, car and driver and others test the vehicle, they have not report it was underpower. Think the CVT was there most complain, that it was playing catch up to the engine torque.

        • Krisnadi Imam

          i think which nissan you are getting are just as important, the old sentra are built like a tank in comparison to their newer econo cars like the livina / march. but im sure the likes of nissan teana is still built to a very high standards.
          I read somewhere about nissan CVT for the xtrails werent designed with enough tolerance which leads to high occurrences of belt failure… i cant find the link however, or was it youtube…

          • First of all the original Xtrails never used CVT, until they merge it and the rogue to one model. The next part is there is truth of what you are speaking about the new xtrails having high occurrence of CVT failure. Nissan have issue with CVT in many vehicles, like the sentra, pathfinder, and altima, they also had problem with older gen maxima and murano that they brought in 10 year warranty for CVT. One can read and find law suits on those models build 2013 and 2014. The CVT has since be overhaul and include new D step shift logic since 2015. Nissan CVT issue are models 2013 and 2014. It must be noted that Nissan murano older model has top JD power most reliable SUV three years in row, it was also recommended by CR,before it was replace, it must also noted the Altima is one of the most reliable car right now, ask CR and JD power after three years of ownership. Why not go check where nissan was in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and check now where they are in CR an d JD power reliable ranks in 2018. Now I would go tell you to go and check where Acura and honda is rank on CR and JD power in 2018. The only car company has being steady in reliability is toyota. There is no need to defend nissan, the evidence are there to see.

          • Fiat is the most improved brand, with owners indicating 106 fewer PP100 than in 2017. Infiniti has the largest improvement in rank, moving from 29th to 4th. Other brands with strong improvements include Nissan (37 fewer PP100 than in 2017) and Ford (31 fewer PP100 than in 2017). Kia’s fifth-place ranking is the brand’s best-ever VDS performance. Dodge and Nissan also post their best-ever rankings.
            From JD power.
            One thing I must tell you manufacture keep improving on their products, 2013 and 2014 model are not the same as 2015, 2016 and 2017.The power train is similar but their is slight change in them.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      You couldn’t be any more wrong. They strongly favor Honda and Toyota.

      Try again.

  • NissLover

    I feel like they were being EXTREMELY nit-picky. They show the a-pillars as their saying they are big and hinder visibility, yet they look extremely normal. Who cares how this thing does on the track. Every other review has stated that while it’s no performance SUV, its’ ride and handling are pretty solid in real world driving. The car is good looking, has an interior that ranks with the best in the class, rides smooth and has lots of room. That’s what people are looking for in this class of CUVs. The two major knocks against the car are the CVT and the infotainment. Everything else they mentioned are things I have NEVER seen mentioned in any other review of the QX50.

    And can we please just acknowledge that a lot of these German 2.0 turbos are considerably underrated.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Underrated or overrated?

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


        BMW, VAG, and Mercedes 2.0t have found to put out far more HP than advertised.

  • Rick Maverick

    So. A whole article. Based on some reviewer’s opinion?

  • ctk4949

    This is a brand new SUV, yet its using the same interior from at least 6 years ago!! Good job infiniti!!!!

    • If you actual read up on the SUV you will have known it has apple and android. And for your info the interior is not the same, the audio system setup is.

  • Paul

    Consumer Reports in and of itself has many glaring flaws as well.

  • An Existing Person

    I stopped paying attention to consumer reports months ago. This review was very nitpicky for no reason. They also forgot they were driving an SUV and not a hypercar when going off about handling for some reason.

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