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2022 Infiniti QX55: Things to love. And not.


Is it a car, a crossover or an SUV?

We’d probably call the 2022 Infiniti QX55 a crossover, even though it’s barely larger than a sedan. The reason for this is the ride height is higher than most sedans, and the cargo area is longer, with a hatchback instead of a trunk. But it really doesn’t have that SUV look a lot of crossovers have. Publisher Tim Esterdahl got to drive the QX55 recently and in his video, he talks about what he likes and doesn’t like.

What powers the 2022 Infiniti QX55?

A 2.0-liter variable compression turbo engine provides 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This configuration is mated to a CVT transmission, and Esterdahl isn’t a huge fan. At least not until he put the car in Sport mode. Then he changes his tune.

The AWD crossover is a little noisier than some other luxury crossovers, but the styling and design are solid.

Let’s step inside

Comfortable seats with red double-stitching on black leather, silver and wood accents throughout and rear seats that slide and recline are just a few of the unique features of the QX55. The head-up display, paddle shifters and massive cargo space add to the attractiveness of this vehicle.

When it comes to the dual-screen infotainment system, Esterdahl has mixed feelings. Yes, it’s nice to have two totally separate spaces for maps and CarPlay, but it would be nice if they were switched so that the navigation was on the top screen. A lot of vehicles now have one big screen and make use of split-screen technology, which ends up looking a little sleeker than two separate screens. But overall, this works and may be a little less confusing than a large split-screen.

Personally, I liked the cargo space with its hidden under-floor storage compartment. I’m always a huge fan of vehicles that have a space to store things like flares, tools and first aid kits, so they aren’t cluttering up the main cargo hold.

The bottom line on the 2022 Infiniti QX55

While on his test drive, Esterdahl said the QX55 averaged about 27.9 MPG — and that isn’t bad for something with this much passenger and cargo space.

Esterdahl felt the exterior styling was spot on. It really is a beautiful car. And while the cabin isn’t the quietest in the segment, it is very comfortable and looks good, too!

The 2022 Infiniti QX55 starts at $46,500 and the Sensory AWD model Tim drove totaled $58,770.

What do you think of this crossover?

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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