Looking for a style-first luxury SUV from Infiniti? Don't miss the 2022 QX55. Based on the QX50, the 2022 Infiniti QX55 will join the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and BMW X4 in a niche segment of swoopy compact luxury SUVs that prioritize design.
We appreciate the QX55 as a modern fastback successor to the old Infiniti FX. As a styling exercise, it totally works. Unlike that car, though, the new Infiniti uses the variable compression turbo-four instead of a naturally aspirated V-6 or V-8. The engine has plenty of torque and decent fuel economy, but the laggy tuning of the associated CVT ruins the experience.
Steering is entirely devoid of feedback, too and ride quality is less composed than the QX50, due in part to the QX55's standard 20-inch wheels. That said, we dig the interior design and despite plenty of Nissan switchgear, material quality seems high. There are redeeming qualities here, but we'd still prefer a BMW X4 or Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
The 2022 QX55 uses the same VC-Turbo engine and CVT transmission as the QX50, with standard AWD. With 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, the QX55 offers competitive performance figures; if our experience with the QX50 is anything to go by, however, don't expect a thrilling driving experience. Fuel economy numbers read 22/28 mpg city/highway.
Infiniti includes certain driver-assist features as standard on the QX55. Blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking front and rear, lane departure waring, and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all models. ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control and steering assist are optional on the mid-level trim and included on the top-spec QX55 Sensory.
Cargo capacity takes a hit compared to the QX50, attributable to the QX55's dramatic sloping roofline. Space behind the rear seat is rated at 26.9 cubic feet compared to the QX50's 31.1 cubes. At 39.6/38.7 inches of legroom front and rear, knee space is identical to the more conventional crossover, but the QX55 loses 1.5 inches of rear headroom.
Infiniti's dual-screen infotainment system carry over from the QX50 complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. That means an 8.0-inch display up top and a 7.0-inch screen down below. Six-speaker audio is standard but a 16-speaker Bose system is included on higher trims.
Despite the QX50's advantages, there are many compact luxury SUVs we'd probably pick instead. Even so, if you already like the Infiniti nameplate and want a new SUV with expressive styling like the original FX, the 2022 QX55 could be worth the wait. Check it out in the gallery above.
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