Note:We’re not including the QX60 here, as Infiniti has not yet confirmed details on the model.
In this post: our take on each 2021 model Infiniti is bringing to the American market.
Infiniti will be the first to tell you that they’ve got a long way to go to catch up to other premium brands like Acura and Lexus, but as it stands now the automaker has a unique lineup with vehicles that are more stylish and innovative than their counterparts in many ways.
The company rolled out a clever variable compression turbo engine last year that allows its crossover, the QX50, to compete on fuel economy with true hybrid engines.
In some respects, the Q50 and Q60 carry on the performance pedigree that the brand has spent years curating. If you’re wanting a premium sedan with 400 horsepower, the Q50 Red Sport may be an attractive option.
The Q60 competes against a crowd of high-end coupes.
2021 Lexus RC 300
2021 Audi A5
2021 BMW 4-Series
2021 Infiniti QX50
Infiniti’s compact crossover carries a high-tech engine and a gorgeous interior that has to be seen to be believed.
2021 Infiniti QX50 Trims
The 2021 QX50 comes in five well-equipped trims:
2021 Infiniti QX50 Pure – $37,950
2021 Infiniti QX50 Luxe – $41,500
2021 Infiniti QX50 Essential – $44,700
2021 Infiniti QX50 Sensory – $50,000
2021 Infiniti QX50 Autograph – $54,200
All prices listed are for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive is a $2000-$2,650 upgrade.
2021 Infiniti QX50 Engine and Powertrain
A single engine powers the QX50 line, but it’s a good one. Infiniti and its parent company, Nissan, have developed a variable compression engine that adjusts engine operation to match driving styles. The result is an engine that is powerful when it needs to be and frugal when it doesn’t.
2021 Infiniti Qx50 – Turbocharged 2.0-liter VC four-cylinder that makes 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is available.
2021 Infiniti QX50 Performance Figures
The 2021 QX50 is capable of running 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
2021 Infiniti QX50 Fuel Economy
All-wheel drive impacts the QX50’s fuel economy, but only slightly.
Big SUVs are surprisingly plentiful in the premium SUV arena.
2021 Lincoln Navigator
2021 Cadillac Escalade
2021 BMW X7
2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Best of the 2021 Infiniti Lineup
Though gorgeous, much of the Infiniti lineup could use a refresh. Because of this, the QX50 is our choice for the best of the 2021 Infiniti lineup. It’s got a truly innovative engine that, while not being as economical as a hybrid, saves quite a bit of fuel. It’s also got one of the most upscale interiors of any crossover in its class and it performs as a true luxury cruiser, even over the roughest of roads. Infiniti finally nailed its infotainment systems, though two screens is a bit much. We’ll give it a pass for 2021, due to the fact that both screens are colorful, responsive, and easy to use.