Since its debut in 2008 as the EX35, this compact luxury crossover has undergone a bump in engine size and a change in name. Unfortunately, not much else has changed in its seven years on the market—but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a good vehicle in a world of one. A punchy and muscular-sounding 3.7L V-6 engine making a segment-leading 325 hp, combined with a smooth seven-speed automatic, helps the QX50 to be a notably fun-to-drive choice in this segment. It’s also distinguished as the value leader, with a base MSRP lower than the most of the competition while offering many standard features for which other manufacturers would charge extra. The QX50 is also available with an impressive amount of safety tech, such as Intelligent Cruise Control, Around View Monitor, Intelligent Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and more. However, when compared to competitors such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK, and Acura RDX, the QX50’s shortcomings become more glaring, namely the cramped interior and dated infotainment. The 2016 model features a longer wheelbase for greater rear-seat room and comfort.
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