2022 Infiniti QX55 Test Drive

Lyons on Wheels

2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD
Base MSRP: $ 46,500 (Luxe) As Tested: $60,495

Sponsored by Ensign Autobody

QX55 is new for 2022. The latest member of Infiniti’s QX series is also the newest entry in the coupe crossover segment. Notable members of this specialized, luxury class include the Audi Q5 Sportback, BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. At its core, the QX55 is a QX50 – Infiniti’s compact, luxury crossover – with a curving, coupe-like roofline, instead of a more conventional, upright profile. The top redesign improves the vehicles’ torsional rigidity, and big, standard rims (20″) give this model a sportier stance. Unlike the QX50, all QX55’s are all-wheel drive. Three trim levels are offered: Luxe (MSRP $46,500), Essential ($51,600) and Sensory ($57,050). With four options and destination charges, my Sensory tester stickered for $60,495.

Regardless of roofline, the newest, QX addition has a suitably upscale interior. Materials on my range-topping Sensory model had a quality look and feel. The dash features a dual, center screen design (8″ above, 7″ below). Ease of use is average for the class. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The connection is wireless with the former, wired with the latter.

All members of the coupe-crossover segment mentioned above share some common, cabin characteristics. Putting more downslope in the roofline reduces rear visibility, and results in less space inside. In the case of the Infiniti, blind spot detection on all trim levels has your back on the visibility front. Regarding space, rear seat headroom in the QX55 is 2.2″ less than the QX50. I’m 6′ tall, and there’s still enough headroom in back for guys my size to be seated behind same size front passengers. Cargo capacity ranges from 26.9-54.1 cu.-ft. in the QX55, and the rear seatbacks fold to a mostly flat load floor. Those numbers for stowage space are in line with its competitive class, and compare with 31.4-65.1 cu.-ft. in the QX50. If you haul a lot, and often, the extra square footage for gear may steer you towards the QX50. If not, the swoopy roof and big rims make for a sharp profile, with the QX55.

The drivetrain combines a 2.0L turbocharged, four cylinder engine with a Continuously Variable Transmission. The engine makes 268 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Acceleration is very snappy from a standstill, and 0-60 times are in the mid-six second range – comfortably quick. Fuel economy isn’t a strong point. The EPA estimates 18/25/21, and I averaged 20.2 mpg’s in a week of mixed, in town/highway driving. While the QX55 isn’t a sport model, it corners confidently, and ride quality remains comfortable, even with the 20″ rims and short sidewall tires.

The Essential trim level looks like the value pick for the QX55. The $51,600 MSRP includes desirable standard features like a 360 degree bird’s-eye view camera system, 16-speaker Bose audio system, leather appointed seating and an onboard navigation system.

A 40 year resident of the Capital District, Dan Lyons has been reviewing new cars for publications for nearly 30 years. He is the author of six automotive books, and photographer of more than 200 calendars.