Infiniti QX55 Seeks Customers Looking To Stand Out From The Crowd

Infiniti QX55
2022 Infiniti QX55 Photo by Kristin Barclay

2022 Infiniti QX55 First Drive: Sexy In Red

On a recent sunny afternoon just south of Dallas, TX, I stopped in a parking lot to explore the interior of the new Infiniti QX55. When I got out of the vehicle to stretch my legs, a woman shouted, “Can I take a photo?” Normally, I’d respond with a yes and offer to show them the interior, cargo area, infotainment system or just chat about whatever it is I’m driving. But, with social distancing, I’ve become both physically and socially distant.

So, from several feet away I responded with “Absolutely, this is Infiniti’s newest vehicle and they aren’t even at dealerships yet.” She snapped a few quick shots with her smartphone and said, “That’s a beautiful vehicle.”

With its coupe like roofline, curvy lines, bold double arched grille, mesmerizing “Digital piano key” taillights the QX55 in Dynamic Sunstone Red paint is quite the looker. Infiniti designers seem to understand their buyers aren’t looking for a “cookie cutter” vehicle. Instead, Infiniti’s target market prefers a vehicle that reflects their individuality.

Rear View of Infiniti QX55
Rear View of Infiniti QX55 Photo by Kristin Barclay

We only had a day to spend with the QX55, so I took it on a leisurely drive on some two lane roads southwest of Dallas, before returning home on the highway. Its powered by a 2.0 Liter VC Turbo for 268 horsepower and 280lb ft of torque with a CVT transmission. Plenty of power for entering the highway, and I enjoyed the quiet cabin thanks to the Active Noise Cancellation.

Driving long distances is made easier thanks to the “zero gravity” front seats. This technology is designed to reduce physical fatigue by minimizing pressure on the back and hips.

A New Era For Infiniti

While it shares a platform with the Infiniti QX50, engineers targeted a sportier driving experience. I enjoyed roaming the countryside, and I’m glad Infiniti has added a heads up display to their tech offerings. Our local roads are not the smoothest and we’re surrounded by construction, but the QX55 was pleasant to drive. It even handled the bumpy gravel spots and I was impressed with the turn radius.

022 QX55 AWD
2022 QX55 AWD Interior Photo by Infiniti

I’m not a fan of Infiniti’s dual-screen InTouch system with 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower touchscreens. The upper screen is used for navigation with a map always “on”. However, if there are two screens I’d prefer to be able to customize what I see on the upper and lower screen, having a “fixed screen” when I primarily use my iPhone for navigation seems unnecessary and outdated in my opinion. For those of you that prefer Apple CarPlay, the QX55 has wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility standard on all models. Android Auto is also available, but not wireless at this time.

The QX55 comes in three trim levels: Luxe, Essential and Sensory. Standard features include Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, 20-inch wheels and wireless Apple CarPlay.

Pricing for the crossover starts at $46,500, with the top of the line Sensory model starts at $57,050 MSRP.

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Kristin Barclay
Kristin Barclay graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Throughout her career, Kristin has demonstrated a passion for storytelling and a commitment to providing accurate, timely, and informative news coverage. She has a deep understanding of the issues and concerns facing local communities and has earned a reputation as a trusted source for reliable news and information. In addition to her work as an editor and journalist, Kristin is also a skilled writer and has written articles on a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education, and culture. She has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that engage and inform readers. Kristin is also an active member of the community and has volunteered her time and resources to numerous organizations and causes. She believes in the importance of giving back and making a positive impact on the world around us. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Kristin Barclay is also a passionate advocate for local journalism and the role it plays in keeping communities informed and engaged. She believes strongly in the importance of supporting local news outlets and is dedicated to ensuring that quality journalism remains a vital part of our society. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys traveling both for business and pleasure. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures. Whether she's on a business trip or a vacation, Kristin is always eager to discover what makes each place unique and special. Kristin's passions include boots, bourbon, dogs and college football. She is a self-proclaimed boot aficionado and has an impressive collection of cowboy boots that she wears with pride. She also enjoys sipping on a good bourbon and spending time with her husband and beloved border collies. Last but certainly not least, Kristin is the proud mother of two children who bring joy and meaning to her life. She is deeply committed to being a loving and supportive parent, and her children are her greatest source of inspiration and motivation