Infiniti keeps it simple by offering a choice of just a base QX50 and the up-level QX50 Journey. Both models come standard as 2-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. Power comes from a 3.7L V6 that makes a healthy 325 hp and 267 ft-lb of torque; it is connected to a standard 7-speed automatic.
Safety equipment includes seatbelt pretensioners, the Infiniti Advanced Airbag System, roof-mounted airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, traction control and vehicle dynamic control. The Journey has optional intelligent brake assist, which works together with the optional forward collision warning system to minimize impact when its front bumper is about to hit another car or stationary object.
The base model comes with automatic climate control, lots of power accessories, leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and 8-way driver and 4-way passenger power-adjustable seats. RearView Monitor and the Infiniti Controller 7-inch screen, which displays audio settings, fuel economy and more. The Journey trim adds a moonroof, dual-zone climate controls, power-tilt steering column and maple interior accents.
The Journey also benefits from a few options not available on the base model. The standard 6-speaker stereo system can be upgraded to an 11-speaker Bose system and either a 2 GB or a 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive. Streaming audio via Bluetooth is also available on the Journey trim, as is a navigation system with Zagat restaurant guide. The Around-View Monitor with front and rear sonar is another Journey trim exclusive; its four exterior cameras show a full 360-degree view of the exterior on an in-dash screen.
There are three option packages available on the QX50, the Premium Package, the Deluxe Touring Package and the Technology Package. Highlights for the premium package include a navigation system and an eleven speaker Bose stereo as well as various parking aids. The Deluxe Touring Package includes 19-inch wheels, HID headlights and nicer front seats. The Technology package includes a lane departure warning system, intelligent cruise control and a blind spot monitoring system.