2020 Infiniti QX50: Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Disappointing CVT
Unfortunately, the excellent engine of the 2020 Infiniti QX50 gets teamed with a not-so-satisfying continuously variable transmission. The throttle can be very difficult to modulate; a little throttle when starting from a stop results in very slow acceleration —feed a bit more with the right foot and suddenly the QX is surging forward. Conversely, when launching under full throttle there is a lot of noise but not much acceleration. Occasionally we were able to find the perfect throttle position —which demonstrated the great acceleration possible from the VC-Turbo motor — but it was not easy to do. We understand the CVT is part of the reason for the Infiniti’s good fuel economy; however, it does not provide an enjoyable driving experience.

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