Others may refer to it as a QX50 with a raised roof, but Infiniti is calling it the 2022 QX55, and the fastback design makes it an attractive addition to the brand’s SUV offerings. The QX55 looks like the attractive mid-size FX model that Infiniti released for the 2003 model year, and it even shares its base with the smaller QX50 SUV. All-wheel drive is standard, and it has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the QX50. To further distinguish itself from its square-back competitor, the QX55 features sportier 20-inch wheels and a more aggressive front fascia.
INFINITI QX55 Price
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The QX55 is powered by the same 2.0-liter VC-Turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 268 horsepower in the QX50. A CVT automatic transmission and all-wheel drive will come standard on the vehicle. Our experience with a comparably equipped QX50 suggests the QX55 will have swift acceleration. Our long-term QX50 proved to be a smooth-riding SUV with competent but not particularly sporty controls, and it reached 60 mph from a standstill in 6.4 seconds. Our first experience behind the wheel of the QX55 lent credence to the claims that its performance will be very similar to that of the QX50. Our time in the QX55 was pleasant due to its quiet cabin, responsive turbocharged engine, and comfortable ride. We’ll add in our findings after we’ve had an opportunity to test the QX55 with our gear.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA rates the QX55 at just 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the interstate, and our testing has not shown the QX50 to be any more fuel efficient. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, the QX50’s high-tech variable-compression engine only managed 27 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The cabin’s design and features are primarily carried over from the QX50, but the QX50’s quilted leather upholstery has been replaced by a more understated design by Infiniti. Faux leather upholstery is standard on the base trim, while genuine leather and semi-aniline leather will be available as upcharges. The QX55’s black open-pore wood trim is a welcome change from the standard carbon fiber found in the cabins of other sport utility vehicles. Cargo space is tighter than in the QX50, which fits nine of our carry-on luggage behind its second row of seats, due to the sloping roofline.
Infotainment and Connectivity
It appears that Infiniti has settled on a dual-screen infotainment setup, with the primary panel on top-handling navigation and the secondary display below handling radio, media, and car settings. Wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard features, a first for Infiniti. Optional extras include a Bose sound system and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
2022 Infiniti QX55
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Luxe AWD, $47,525; Essential AWD, $52,625; Sensory AWD, $58,075
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
120–122 in3, 1971–1997 cm3
268 hp @ 5600 rpm
280 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
continuously variable automatic
Wheelbase: 110.2 in
Length: 186.3 in
Width: 74.9 in
Height: 63.8 in
Passenger volume: 100 ft3
Cargo volume: 27 ft3
Curb weight (C/Dest): 4150 lb
60 mph: 6.4 sec
1/4-mile: 15.0 sec
Top speed: 137 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/DEST)
Combined/city/highway: 25/22/28 mpg