Today’s car features are pretty impressive when compared to vehicle equipment standards from 20 years ago. And much like you’d expect a free refill at your favorite restaurant, there are some car amenities that are so routine and standard now, you expect even the most basic economy rides to offer them. So when the Infiniti QX50 is missing one of these more common features, you might be wondering why a luxury model would miss the mark on something so basic. But for 2021, Infiniti stepped up its game and finally added this one necessity extra to its list of standard equipment.
What’s new for the 2021 Infiniti QX50?
There isn’t too terribly much new to report in terms of changes for the 2021 Infiniti QX50, but there are a few updates about which you can get excited. For example, the driver assistance tech, ProPilot, is now a standard on Luxe trim levels on up. There is also an available appearance package that offers 20-inch black wheels and matching dark exterior accents.
A few existing extras are now standard for 2021 as well, including heated front seats and front side glass. But the big update this year that has many like Car and Driver saying, “it’s about time,” is standard Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
The 2021 Infiniti QX50 is getting a price change
With not much to add to the list of upgrades, there are equally only minor increases in price points this coming model year for the Infiniti QX50. The starting MSRP is $37,950 for the front-wheel-drive variations. It represents a bump of about $700 from last year’s starting rate.
The Luxe trim gets a $1,300 increase to start at $42,525. Since the QX50 is in direct competition with contenders like the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and the Cadillac XT5, competitive pricing can present an edge.
What you’ll love about this SUV
The 2021 Infiniti QX50 is the smallest offering in the Infiniti SUV family and is relatively new as of its second-gen introduction in 2019. Based on reviews, most love how comfortable and smooth the ride is, with its 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder engine. There is also praise for the ever-impressive ProPilot semi-autonomous system, which again is now standard from the Luxe trim on up.
Some call it this crossover a “La-Z-Boy on wheels,” and you’ll have your choice of trim variations to customize the extras you want. Available trims include the base version Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and the most upscale version, the Autograph. It also comes with your choice of FWD and AWD capability. And you’ll probably appreciate this SUVs fuel economy, with a combined rating of 26 MPG.
Critics point out a few setbacks
There’s plenty to love about the new 2021 Infiniti QX50, especially now that it’s updated to include Wi-Fi hotspot capability. But the critics do point out a few cons worth considering for yourself. Some aren’t impressed with this SUVs CVT, citing its bungee-cord feeling acceleration. Others expressed frustration with the complex function of the infotainment system. MotorTrend reviewers had trouble navigating the interface in their 2020 QX50 test model and experienced slow response times.
The 2021 Infiniti QX50 has caught up with the times and is now offering a standard Wi-Fi hotspot. Along with a few other enhancements and a marginal price increase, this SUV really does have a lot to offer. And Infiniti knows a thing or two about building quality and luxury rides. Take a look at the 2021 Infiniti QX50 for yourself. At least now you’ll have internet access wherever you go.