2017 Infiniti QX50: Suburban Snoozer or Performance Bruiser?

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The 2017 QX50 by Infiniti may not be the newest face on the block, but it certainly stacks up in several interesting ways

The 2017 QX50 by Infiniti may not be the newest face on the block, but it certainly stacks up in several interesting ways | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

The compact luxury crossover segment has become an oversaturated open air market, as wealthy buyers find themselves overwhelmed with options when shopping for the ideal upscale automobile. With selections ranging anywhere from the swift supercharged Jaguar F-Pace to the hybridized Lexus RX 450h F Sport, the number of directions you and your checkbook can go is dauntingly diverse.

Infiniti’s answer to the small SUV sub-genre is the QX50, and in all-wheel drive with a few package options might be one of the most underestimated luxury hatchbacks on the market today. Infiniti has been stacking its chips in a manner that leads us to believe that a full overhaul will someday raise the stakes significantly for this platform, and all we can do is wait and pray that they retain the fun driving dynamics the QX50 offers.

Built in Los Angeles, the QX50 lives life somewhere between CUV culture and the station wagon world

Built in Los Angeles, the QX50 lives life somewhere between CUV culture and the station wagon world | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

This CUV sits somewhere between a small crossover and a modern station wagon, an Infiniti answer to both Volvo’s XC60 and V60 Cross Country, with big V6 attitude and a surprisingly strong emphasis on driving engagement. Even though it may be getting a bit long in the tooth, it retains many of Infiniti’s more cut-and-dry approaches to internal configurations and we found the sure-footed little CUV to be an engaging drive with loads of promise.

The 2017 QX50 has a surplus of strengths that make it an enjoyable daily driver, and a damn comfortable one at that. So while we remain interested in how future generations might improve upon this mildly updated model, the strengths found within this current generation deserve some serious praise — because there is a lot to this CUV that is on point.

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