SHARP TURNS: Get the comfort and great handling an SUV should have

2014-02-28T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS: Get the comfort and great handling an SUV should haveMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
February 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Infiniti is known for their outstanding luxury and comfort, and they didn’t change a thing when they started thinking up the 2014 QX50. The QX50 has four different model choices, from the standard to the Journey AWD. Infiniti has combined comfort, handling, and technology into these QX models to make it a must have if you are in the market for a SUV. I am going to focus on the Journey AWD today so I can cover as many features as possible.

If you just glanced and only saw the front part of the QX50, you would think you were looking at one of Infiniti’s many sedans. The grille and the hood are very skinny on the QX50, and as flows back it gradually gets taller to shape into a SUV image. Along the side are power adjustable, heated outside mirrors with a courtesy light under the driver’s mirror. Above all that is a power sliding tinted glass moon roof with one-touch auto-open/close, and tilt feature.

Infinitiusa.com gives a description of the QX50. “An environment designed around you. Flowing shapes create an intimate, personal space for driver and passengers alike. Black lacquer, aluminum, supple leather and available Maple interior accents add natural warmth and refined elegance to the cabin. And an array of emotive color and texture combinations—inspired by the four seasons—allow you to precisely tailor the QX50 to your tastes and personality.” The front seats are Kimono-inspired which means they will fit to your body unlike any other seats. Another great feature of the interior is the 2nd row seats can be folded flat with the push of a button to accommodate all of your cargo needs.

With the QX50, Infiniti took the rear view camera to a whole new level with the around view camera. It uses four exterior cameras, one on every side, to give you a virtual 360-degree view of your surroundings. They also took basic cruise control to another level with intelligent cruise control. It provides the benefits of cruise control with the options of adding speed and distances intervals. This means that when you activate it, you will slow down or speed up to keep the same distance away from the car in front of you. The touch-screen Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System features Infiniti Voice Recognition and NavTraffic, which delivers, detailed traffic information provided by SiriusXM. The high-resolution screen supports Birdview perspective control and enhanced 3-D building graphics. Together, these features enhance your journey and help you navigate while Lane Guidance indicates the correct lane to be in when approaching an interchange or exit. You can also access current weather updates and 3-day forecasts using NavWeather provided by SiriusXM and browse the Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide with ratings and reviews.

The Infinity QX50 Journey AWD comes with a 3.7-liter 24-valve V6, aluminum alloy block engine. Which gets 325 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. You can also get an estimated 24-mpg on the highway.

The QX50 starts at a little under $35,000, and $39,000 for the Journey AWD.

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