The 2020 INFINITI QX50 is a popular SUV that is outfitted with an advanced engine, lots of safety tech, and a wonderful design. But can it compete with the likes of the 2020 Toyota Highlander, a vehicle that has received rave reviews for its roomy interior, hybrid performance and advanced infotainment?
Design & Style
The Toyota Highlander is a big SUV, with bulging air intakes and sills. Although the external shape is similar to the previous edition, it has a fresh modular architecture that is shared with other models like the RAV4 and Camry. It has sharply defined lines with a grille in front that is ground up with a large chrome barrette that has been attached to the company’s logo. Within the cabin, the control system is positioned around standardized eight or twelve-inch touchscreens with robust plastics and an asymmetrical layout. The INFINITI QX50 has curves that are sculpted like a Renaissance masterpiece. In front, it has a pronounced grille with chrome styled kink that can be seen along the roofline, and its sheet metal has a wavy appearance that appears almost organic. The cabin uses a dual-screen layout with classy leather, wooden trim and a variety of interesting hues.
Technology & Safety
The INFINITI QX50 has earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. It provides excellent frontal protection against impacts, as well as rollover, and is equipped with back automatic braking, the ability to detect pedestrians, blind area monitoring, notifications when departing lanes and cruise and lane control. Luxuries within the cabin include seats that can be power adjusted, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a moon roof, seats that can be heated and eight-inch touchscreens. The Toyota Highlander has 8 airbags; automated emergency brakes cruise and lane control, outstanding outward vision, and a camera with surround view. Perks within the cabin include keyless ignition, 3 zone climate control, eight-inch touchscreens, heated seats and a camera for the rearview.
The Toyota Highlander is equipped with a V6, 3.5-liter engine that can produce 295 horsepower with 263 pounds of torque, which can shuttle power either to the front or if necessary to all 4 wheels. The INFINITI QX50 is equipped with a turbo 4 engine that can provide up to 268 horsepower with 280 pounds of torque.
The Bottom Line
Although the Highlander provides lots of engine power, it comes at the cost of inferior seats, its styling is too busy for some drivers, and it hasn’t received the same safety accolades as the INFINITI, so the QX50 wins.
Ready to Schedule an INFINITI QX50 Test Drive Today?
If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2020 INFINITI QX50 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York, and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI QX50 test drive appointment.