Luxury crossovers have rapidly expanded in popularity in recent years due to their unique combination of versatility, comfort, and capable performance. With more and more entrants joining the segment every year, buyers are now flooded with choices which can make choosing the right one difficult. Compared to the competition, the INFINITI QX50 remains a leader in the luxury crossover segment for a variety of reasons. To help illustrate how the QX50 is the best choice, we’ve taken the time to compare it head-to-head against two of its top rivals — the Acura RDX and Lexus NX. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why more and more drivers are choosing INFINITI over the competition.




Acura RDX


2021 Acura RDX Base AWD

$39,950* ✓Starting at MSRP*$40,200*
268 / 280Horsepower / Torque272 / 280
22 / 28 / 25 ✓MPG (City/Hwy/Combined)21 / 27 / 23
3,000 poundsTowing Capacity1,500 pounds
18.2 feet ✓Turning Radius19.5 feet
Standard, Remote-Activated ✓Perimeter/Approach LightsOptional
65.1 cubic feet ✓Maximum Cargo Volume58.9 cubic feet
41 / 39.1 inches ✓Front / Rear Headroom39.6 / 38.6 inches
4 Years / 60,000 Miles ✓Basic Warranty Coverage4 Years / 50,000 Miles
4 Years / Unlimited Mileage ✓Roadside Assistance Coverage4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Available ✓Direct Adaptive Steering®Not Available
Standard ✓Blind Spot Warning SystemOptional
Standard ✓Rear Cross-Traffic Alert/Rear Parking SensorOptional

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INFINITI QX50 Interior

First up to challenge the INFINITI QX50 is the Acura RDX. To be fair, the RDX has more horsepower but the same amount of torque as its INFINITI rival. However, QX50 offers double the RDX’s towing capacity, so it’s the better choice if you need to tow a small boat or trailer. Excluding destination charges, the QX50 enters this matchup with a modest $350 price advantage. The savings continue even further when we compare the fuel economy figures of both base trim levels equipped with all-wheel drive. Across city, highway, and combined ratings — the QX50 delivers significantly higher MPG than the RDX. Much of this is due to the class-exclusive Variable Compression Turbo engine found beneath the hood of the QX50.

A much shorter turning radius helps the QX50 easily maneuver in or out of a tight parking space, letting you snag the last spot while RDX drivers will have to look elsewhere. INFINITI also offers available Direct Adaptive Steering® on the QX50, another class-exclusive feature not found on the Acura RDX. Standard perimeter approach lights help illuminate curbs and other obstacles at night, giving you greater confidence. INFINITI’s top priority is also safety through its generous array of standard driver-assistance technology, including Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert with a Rear Sonar System. The Acura RDX requires you to pay extra to get these features. Taller occupants will appreciate the extra headroom available in the QX50. The QX50 also features an additional 6.2 cubic ft of cargo capacity.

You’ll also receive 10,000 miles of extra coverage from the QX50 Basic Warranty as compared to the RDX. While Acura limits roadside assistance coverage to 50,000 miles, INFINITI has no limitations on mileage through the 4-year duration of coverage. Clearly, the INFINITI QX50 is the superior choice as compared to the Acura RDX.




Lexus NX


2021 Lexus NX 300 Base AWD

$39,950*Starting at MSRP*$38,910*
268 / 280 ✓Horsepower / Torque235 / 258
22 / 28 / 25 ✓MPG** (city / hwy / combined)22 / 28 / 24
65.1 cubic feet ✓Maximum Cargo Capacity54.6 cubic feet
19 inches ✓Wheel Size17 inches
Power ✓Liftgate TypeManual
Standard ✓Rear Cross-Traffic Alert/Rear Parking SensorOptional
Standard ✓Dual Display LCD Touch ScreensNot Available
41 / 39.1 inches ✓Front / Rear Headroom38.2 / 38.1 inches
4 Years / 60,000 Miles ✓Basic Warranty Coverage4 Years / 50,000 Miles

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INFINITI QX50 Technology

The next challenger to go up against the INFINITI QX50 is the Lexus NX. Although the NX has a negligible price advantage of just over $1,000 when comparing base trims equipped with all-wheel drive, you’ll quickly discover numerous advantages for the QX50. Not only does the QX50 offer far greater horsepower and torque than the NX — it’s also the better choice for those looking to maximize fuel economy. More powerful and more efficient, the INFINITI QX50 gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll also enjoy larger and more stylish 19-inch alloy wheels compared to the smaller 17-inch wheels fitted to the Lexus NX. A smaller turning radius allows the QX50 to be more maneuverable as well.

The INFINITI QX50 also comes standard with a rear park sensor as well as rear cross traffic alert, something the Lexus Safety System + doesn’t have without paying extra. The INFINITI QX50 also offers a dual infotainment touchscreen on the dashboard, including an 8-inch screen on top and 7-inch screen on the bottom for complete driver control. Dual touch screens are not even available on the NX.

As we’ve seen in the prior matchup, choosing the INFINITI QX50 means that you’ll never have to pack light for your next weekend getaway thanks to a massive 65.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Superior headroom across both the front and rear rows of seating ensures that all occupants can stay comfortable as the miles fly by. A simple touch of a button is all you need to open the standard power liftgate of the QX50. You’ll have to pay extra to equip your NX with a similar feature. Lastly, superior basic warranty coverage provides you with extra peace of mind when you choose the QX50 instead of the NX.

Winner – INFINITI QX50

Now that we’ve tallied the results, it’s clear that the competition from both Acura and Lexus are unable to match the INFINITI QX50. From greater versatility and comfort to superior performance and efficiency, drivers who demand the most from their luxury crossover should look no further than the impressive QX50. Our team at INFINITI of Easton is standing by to introduce you to the QX50 and help you choose the model that’s best suited for your lifestyle.


*Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excluding destination charge, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.

**2021 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

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