The 2021 Infiniti QX50 raises that age-old question about the worth of luxury products. Infiniti toes an unsteady line in the sand of the premium segment, which itself has been washed over by luxury-leaning top trims from mass market automakers and new entry-level models from luxury automakers. Ebb and flow.

The 2021 Infiniti QX50 starts reasonably enough at just under $40,000. But my tester in top Autograph trim cost more than $60,000. What can you do to a five-seat compact crossover with no performance upgrade to justify a 50% increase in price? In Infiniti’s case, not enough.  

The ceiling for the competitors’ top trims hovers around $50,000. The compelling Acura RDX Advance costs under $50,000. Same with the Lexus NX. The Lincoln Corsair Grand Touring bumps the price over $50,000, but not by too much and adds a larger engine. Only the 2021 Cadillac XT5 Sport…

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