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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Infiniti QX55 Sensory AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 28

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $57,050
Price as Tested: $60,145

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Premium
Fuel Capacity (gal): 16
EPA City mpg22
EPA Highway mpg28
EPA Combined mpg25

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

In the past decade, luxury automakers such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz have created sedans and SUVs distinguished mainly by their fastback rooflines, dubbed 4-door coupes. Which brings us to the QX55, a more-stylish version of the QX50 small SUV, with which it shares a platform and most components. The QX55 has much to recommend it: For openers, its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (268 hp) delivers strong power throughout its range, and the ride is smooth and compliant. Its luxurious interior is elegant and tasteful, providing good front legroom and headroom and easy entry and exit. The center stack is nicely designed, with well-integrated buttons and a high degree of usability. Last but not least, it’s loaded with tech, including lots of standard ADAS features. On the other hand, the QX55 also comes up short in a number of annoying ways. First, the driving experience is diminished by the QX55’s CVT transmission; a 9- or 10-speed automatic, which most competitors use, would have been a much better choice. Second, despite the CVT and a variable-compression-ratio engine, the QX55’s fuel efficiency is middling - 25 mpg in combined city/highway driving - and the engine/CVT combo is noisy, to boot. Final complaints include poor overall rear visibility and a dated, low-resolution infotainment screen.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Stylish interior and exterior
  • • Luxurious interior; excellent fit and finish
  • • Smooth, comfortable ride
  • • Lots of standard ADAS features

Weak Points

  • • CVT/powertrain are noisy, makes driving less enjoyable
  • • Poor MPG ratings
  • • Low-res screens, outdated infotainment system
  • • Poor rearview camera quality and overall rear visibility

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4200.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 186.3 / 74.9 / 63.8
Wheelbase (in): 110.2
Number of air bags: 11
Warranty (months/miles): 48/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Bridgestone Ecopia
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 RF20
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L I4 turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 268 @ 5,600

Test Data

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Handling: 6.72
Quality and Drivability: 6.84

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