An Overview of the 2023 Infiniti QX55

Are comfort, luxury, and stylish design your first priority when choosing a vehicle? If that is the case, you will find yourself in love with the 2023 Infiniti QX55 for its top-notch cabin and appealing style.

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Are comfort, luxury, and stylish design your first priority when choosing a vehicle? If that is the case, you will find yourself in love with the 2023 Infiniti QX55 for its top-notch cabin and appealing style.

Overview of the 2023 Infiniti QX55

The Infiniti QX55 is a luxury SUV coupe having its mechanics and body similar to the QX50. These vehicles also share the platforms and engines, hence perform equally well on the road. There’s no doubt that the Infiniti tried to include many luxurious and premium features in the 2023 QX55 to pamper the passengers. But still, it couldn’t cover the negatives QX55 inherently comes with.

The QX55 is comfortable, full of advanced amenities, and genuinely spacious, but there’s something off about it that keeps making people back off.

What exactly is that? Let’s find out.

History

The 2023 QX55 is produced by Infiniti, which is a luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan. This luxury SUV coupe was introduced for the first time in late 2020 as the 2021 model year. The QX55 is known to have taken inspiration from the Nissan Z-series and Infiniti FX. It is also considered the extension of QX50, which was previously known as Infiniti EX.The concept car of the Infiniti QX50 was unveiled in 2007 at the New York Auto Show and has continued for so many years. Later, the sale of its second production model started in 2019.

It was in the first quarter of 2021 that Infiniti came up with the QX55 for the 2022 model year. The QX55 is actually the coupe SUV version of the QX50 and with a slightly sloped design. Most of the features, even the driving experience, remain intact in both the cars. The QX55 is also built on the same platform as the QX50.

Below is the summary of all the models of the QX55 produced until now.

Model YearEnginePerformanceUnique Features
2022 Infiniti QX552.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torqueStylish appeal
2023 Infiniti QX55  2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas  268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torqueComfortable cabin and ride
2024 Infiniti QX552.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torqueRoomy interior and a big trunk

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the hood of the 2023 QX55, there’s a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, as found in the QX50. This engine has a variable-compression system that allows it to produce 268 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque. Its engine changes the compression ratio, maximizing performance during the drive.

This engine is paired with a continuously variant automatic transmission (CVT) and standard all-wheel drive. As for the 0 to 60 mph, it is 6.9 seconds. According to the EPA, the QX55 can reach 22 miles per gallon in the city and about 28 mpg on the highway. This vehicle didn’t really prove economical despite having such a top-notch engine.

The ride quality is not what we expected. It is quite similar to that in QX50 and turns out below average. The handling is not that precise, and the bumpy ride is felt all the way through the body, more than you will experience in any of its competitors. All this makes the driving experience super frustrating.

Exterior

There’s no doubt that the QX55’s design is inspired by the predecessor Infiniti FX. The FX was also a compact luxury crossover SUV, and so is the QX55, which has a few sportier features. The 2023 QX55 does have that coupe-like silhouette, which is evident over the cabin, swooping up the hood, and even at the threat of the vehicle.

Other than that, the fog lights and LED lights come as standard. But in the Essential trim, you will find distinct cube-design LED headlights having an auto levelizer with adaptive front lighting system.

Other premium features present on the 2023 Infiniti QX55 include a moon roof that comes with power open/close/tilt capabilities, giving an expansive view of the sky. For more versatility, there are roof rails that provide practical options for carrying additional cargo or accessories. The integrated rear spoiler adds a sweet touch of sophistication while improving the vehicle’s aerodynamic design.

Inside the 2023 Infiniti QX55

As you open the door and step inside your 2023 Infiniti QX55, you will instantly get that premium feel of leather-trimmed seating and soft touch material. It’s not just about the material; it’s the subtle modern design, which is kept minimal yet still looks stylish. Though genuine leather is standard in its base models, semi-aniline leather is also an option.

The cabin can accommodate five adults, which comprises a total passenger volume of 100.2 cubic feet. It is spacious, roomy, and thoroughly inviting, making it easier to enjoy the long journeys. Even the front seats are super wide and supportive, giving the best driving experience. Leather-wrapped steering, heated front seats, and other such amenities give quite a luxurious feel. The interior is quite practical for a small crossover, making it easier to climb in and out of the car.

As for the cargo, there is about 26.9 cubic feet of space. This space can be expanded further to 54.1 cubic feet by folding don the rear seats. This space comes out to be less generous than found in the QX50.

The infotainment and tech features look really cool, apparently, but none of those are practical. Essentially, the center stack has a dual-screen as an infotainment setup. The top one displays navigation, while the lower screen is used for media and vehicle settings. However, the graphics and icons mostly look outdated on these screens.

Other than that, there are standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 4G LTE Wi-Fi is also standard. Bose® Performance Series premium audio system is standard only on the Sensory and Essential models.

The 2023 Infiniti QX55 is available in three trim levels. The prices of all these variants are given below:

2023 Infiniti QX55 Trim LevelPricing
Luxe$50,345
Essential$55,445
Sensory$58,995
Driving Experience

Having just a glance at the 2023 Infiniti QX55 makes it seem like one of the best cars performance-wise. Also, its 0 to 60 mph time is around 6.4 seconds, which again is pretty quick for such a small luxury crossover.

However, just a few minutes behind the steering wheel, you will find out how this vehicle is only for people looking for comfort and luxury features but not those who want the best dynamics. A lot of issues are linked to its CVT. gear shifts and transitions from slow to hard are very jerky and inconsistent, as felt by everyone in the car. Since the suspension is soft, the car again shows lean when turning around the sharp corners.

There are problems with its steering as well. It’s very light; hence, it doesn’t give the expected feedback. Overall, the driver won’t feel the connection that is supposed to be there. A lot of hassle has to be made to keep the car straight on the road.

Conclusion

It’s clear that the driving dynamics and performance of the QX55 have not improved after the QX50. It lags pretty much in the same aspects even till its 2024 model. Keeping the performance, engine, and transmission aside for a while is not a bad choice. The cabin is lovely, the ride is comfortable (except on sharp turns), and the interior sure feels luxurious.

The cabin and cargo space are its most appreciated features. However, most of its German rivals are far better in terms of luxury, performance, and price. Still, people consider the 2023 Infiniti QX55 for its looks and the appeal it has on the eyes at first glance.

Pros

  • Appealing styling and design
  • A lot of premium features are offered as standard
  • Spacious trunk compared to most rivals

Cons

  • Overly priced
  • Poor handling and performance
  • A lot of issues with the CVT

Automotive Journalist Verdict

Derek Boshouwers, a well-known automotive expert, has described the 2023 Infiniti QX55 as a nice combination of luxury, comfort, and interior space. Out of all, its cargo space is the most liked feature by most car journalists. However, this appraisal is followed by high criticism of the driving feels and performance of this SUV.

FAQs

What is new for the 2023 Infiniti QX55?

The addition of the semi-automated ProPilot Assist driving assistance system is the only update you will find in the 2023 Infiniti QX55. This feature is now standard in all its trim levels.

What customization options are available for the 2023 QX55?

You can pick from various colors, trim options, and premium materials. There is a difference in sound system, navigation system, camera features, and other such features in different trim levels.

Which trim level is the best for the 2023 Infiniti QX55?

The Essential trim is better than the others as it comes with many add-ons and customization options. Having said that, its price turns out pretty average compared to the rest.

Written by: Motorcardata

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