The 2022 Infiniti QX50 blends beautiful bodywork with an innovative interior in a compact luxury crossover package.

Unfortunately, Infiniti's variable-compression turbocharged four-cylinder (VC-Turbo for short) doesn't live up to its promise of better fuel economy and notable performance.

The 2022 infiniti  QX50 adds more standard features and updated visual options. Every model now comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Infiniti's suite of driver assists.

The latter includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. Along with a newly available appearance package, select trim levels receive interior enhancements.

Every QX50 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that uses variable compression—called VC-Turbo.

The engine seamlessly swaps between high compression during steady cruising and low compression during hard acceleration.

The Infiniti prioritizes comfort and luxury, with a compliant ride that is composed on rough roads and smooth on the highway.Infiniti QX50

Passengers are also well isolated from choppy sections of road. The steering feedback is balanced, and it firms up in the selectable Dynamic and Dynamic+ steering modes.Infiniti QX50

This leads to more than one shoddy stop in rush-hour traffic where the Infiniti   QX50's nose dives forward under heavy braking.

Despite a so-called revolutionary engine touted as maximizing power and fuel economy, our test vehicle was less efficient than advertised during real-world testing.Infiniti QX50

The front-wheel-drive Infiniti  QX50 is rated at 23 mpg city and 29 highway; the all-wheel-drive version has estimates of 22 mpg city and 28 highway.

Inside, the QX50 can be fitted with quilted leather seats, wood interior trim, and a faux-suede headliner.

The Infiniti  QX50 has 31 cubic feet behind the back seat and up to 65 cubes with the 60/40 split-folding rear bench folded flat.

While our top-of-the-line test vehicle had the motion-activated power liftgate, none of the lower trims has this useful feature.Infiniti QX50