SAUGATUCK, Mich. — We virtually did not take it. The 2022 Infiniti QX55 wasn’t our first selection for an extended weekend getaway to the frozen shores of Lake Michigan. No slight in opposition to this trendy crossover — it is simply not all that large. Particularly for 2 adults, a preschooler, a golden retriever and the entire issues wanted for a winter trip. The evening earlier than we left, within the drive-through line at Culver’s, we determined: “Hey this factor is very nice. Let’s hope all the things matches.”
Extra necessary choices have been made with much less thought, so the subsequent morning I started packing the QX55. With 26.9 cubic toes, there’s truly extra cargo area than coupe-styled crossovers just like the 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback, Mercedes GLC Coupe and BMW X4. Nonetheless, the sleek rooflines restrict storage capability for all of those. In my thoughts, they’re extra commuter crossovers. If you happen to want actual area, you’ll go for the extra upright QX50 and its 31.4 cubic toes of cargo room.
However what the hell is a cubic foot, actually? Trunks and cargo areas are sometimes as a lot about form as they’re about uncooked quantity, and the QX55 turned out to be surprisingly roomy. I wedged a big Samsonite carry-on (19 inches lengthy, 13.5 inches vast), a large duffle bag, a field of meals and stuff, a case of beer, a sled and some different issues, plus two heavy winter parkas laid excessive. For the return journey, we wedged much more stuff in there, together with a trash bag crammed with laundry and beer from the native brewing scene. On the way in which there, I may see out the again. On the way in which residence, not a lot. For extra adventures in loading up the QX55, take a look at this baggage check.
That is the tradeoff and one thing you will need to take into account in case you’re shopping for one thing just like the QX55. You could actually just like the styling, and this phase contains lookers just like the X4, that are extra compelling visually than their boxier brethren. The QX55 shares Infiniti’s variable compression turbo, which makes 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, so there is no compelling powertrain motive to hunt out the coupe model. Regardless that the 55 is extra inflexible than the 50, you’d actually must be an engineer to note the distinction.
The steering is gentle and the suspension is tuned for consolation. If you happen to’re searching for a driver, take into account any of the German rivals first, although the VC turbo is an attention-grabbing engine that has some coronary heart. Infiniti invested on this expertise and deserves credit score for utilizing it throughout its lineup to ship efficiency and respectable gasoline economic system (25 mpg mixed). The CVT, sadly, numbs the potential of the powerplant, as we famous in our First Drive overview final yr.
So far as a road-trip car, the QX55 is a blended bag. It is louder at freeway speeds than I anticipated, and the snow after which rain made issues worse. The cruise management programs labored properly, sustaining distance and velocity, although the lane departure prevention was overactive to the purpose of annoyance. The black and grey inside is enticing and has a leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats. The 16-speaker Bose system sounds nice and the cabin has an upscale vibe. That stated, the “Infiniti InTouch Twin HD Show” and the navigation system had been difficult to make use of and struggled to search out fundamental areas, like landmark parks and eating places. We acquired the grasp of it will definitely and it is about common. Exterior of intuitive programs like Stellantis’ Unconnect, it is usually simpler to make use of your telephone for in-car navigation, and Infiniti’s falls into that class.
My tester price $53,425 within the mid-level Important trim (study extra concerning the QX55 lineup in our 2022 Shopping for Information). It is a good worth, particularly in comparison with the phase. The worth contains the $800 proassist bundle (LED headlights, clever cruise management and the lane departure programs) and vacation spot expenses.
Infiniti compares the QX55 to the much-lauded FX crossover from a decade in the past. With potent powertrains and dramatic styling, the FX was forward of its time. The QX55 is merely consistent with the market. It’s a good worth and appears sharp. As we have mentioned in earlier opinions, it falls within the middle-of-the-pack in a aggressive phase. However we already knew that. The query posed right here is: can you are taking a gorgeous commuter crossover and put it to make use of as a weekend warrior for the household? Naturally, it is doable. I’ve camped in a Chevy Tahoe and spent per week within the Higher Peninsula in a Mk 7 Volkswagen Golf GTI, so I’ve lived at each ends of the spectrum. Nonetheless, the QX55 was moderately as much as the duty of transporting folks and stuff (and one very large-breed canine) on a 400-plus mile roundtrip. It is making me barely rethink the notion of the commuter crossover.