2020 Infiniti QX50 vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX50 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Lexus NX Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Compared to metal, the QX50’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the QX50 and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The NX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The QX50’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the NX Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the QX50 has a standard 720-amp battery. The NX Series’ 580-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 74 more horsepower (268 vs. 194) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 33 more horsepower (268 vs. 235) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 258) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX50 is faster than the Lexus NX Series:

QX50

NX 300h

NX 300

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.3 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

84.5 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the QX50 gets better fuel mileage than the NX Series:

MPG

QX50

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

NX Series

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

F Sport 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

The QX50 has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The QX50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the NX Series are solid, not vented.

The QX50 stops shorter than the NX Series:

QX50

NX Series

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the QX50 has larger standard tires than the NX Series (235/55R19 vs. 225/65R17). The QX50 Sensory/Autograph’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the NX Series (255/45R20 vs. 235/55R18).

The QX50’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The QX50 Sensory/Autograph’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX50 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the NX Series. The QX50 Sensory/Autograph’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.

The QX50 has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The NX Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The NX Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX50’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the NX Series (110.2 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the QX50 is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the NX Series.

The QX50 Essential AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the NX 300 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX50 Essential AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the NX 300h AWD (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the NX Series’ (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (8.6 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The QX50’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the NX 300 (8.6 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis

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The design of the Infiniti QX50 amounts to more than styling. The QX50 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the NX Series (.34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the QX50 get better fuel mileage.

The QX50 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The NX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The QX50 has 32.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NX Series (104.4 vs. 71.6).

The QX50 has 2.8 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The QX50 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the NX Series with its rear seat up (31.4 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The QX50 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the NX Series with its rear seat folded (65.1 vs. 54.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX50 easier. The QX50’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26.6 inches, while the NX Series’ liftover is 31.2 inches.

The QX50’s cargo area is larger than the NX Series’ in almost every dimension:

QX50

NX Series

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

39”/71.7”

36”/71.5”

Max Width

54.5”

53”

Min Width

41.5”

44.3”

Height

31.2”

27”

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus NX Series is limited to 2000 pounds. The QX50 AWD offers up to a 3000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The QX50 (except Pure/Luxe/Essential) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The QX50’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The NX Series’ power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The QX50’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The NX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the QX50 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The NX Series doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX50 is less expensive to operate than the NX Series because it costs $845 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX50 than the NX Series, including $146 less for a muffler, $16 less for a starter, $276 less for fuel injection and $516 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Infiniti QX50 and the Lexus NX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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