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If you're shopping the luxury compact SUV market this year, be sure to stop at the Infiniti dealer for a test drive.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 is a strong contender in the hot compact crossover market. It is stylish, refined and handles very well.The compact crossover SUV segment remains the hottest part of the new vehicle market, and Infiniti has a strong contender in the 2019 QX50. Infiniti put the QX50 on a new platform with a lot of intelligent tech to give this crossover a head start on the smart vehicle revolution that's coming.

The most notable updates to the QX50 are the addition of ProPILOT Assist, which offers the driver steering assistance when the adaptive cruise control is in use. ProPILOT keeps the QX50 in the center of the lane. The system will even take the QX50 through curves in the road. The driver must keep hands on the wheel and attention on the road at all times, but ProPILOT is pointing the way towards the day when that's no longer true.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is smartly designed and can be ordered  with the latest automotive technologies.

Infiniti's adaptive cruise control is fully capable as well. The driver sets following distance and maximum speed, and the QX50 will drive at that speed until it encounters traffic. Then it slows to the prevailing speed at the specified following distance. The QX50 also comes with an advanced head-up display that projects key driving information onto the windshield in front of the driver, making it easier to keep eyes on the road.

Under the hood, Infiniti has placed their latest 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but equipped with variable compression turbo technology to get the most performance out of the unit. With 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, there's plenty of power to give the QX50 a commanding driving experience. The continuously variable transmission may not be everyone's favorite, but these units are constantly improving, and you probably won't notice the difference.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The front bucket seats in the 2019 QX50 are supportive and comfortable enough for long trips.

The QX50 I tested for a week was impressive in its power and handling. I drove through the mountains in icy weather with confidence because the QX50 corners well and always responds smartly to steering inputs. The text vehicle was a front-wheel-drive model, and I didn't even notice the lack of AWD.

Inside, the QX50 is comfortable, with heated and ventilated seats with leather upholstery. The text QX50 was made in the top-level "Essential" trim, which adds a bunch more interior tech like Infiniti's InTouch GPS navigation and services package, around-view bird's eye parking camera system, and both front and rear parking sensors. You can also remote start the engine to warm up the QX50 before driving, which is very nice at this time of year.

The 2019 Infiniti QX50 is also a functional SUV, with up to 65.1 cubic feet of cargo space available when the rear seats are folded down.

The QX50 is also a functional SUV, with up to 65.1 cubic feet of cargo space available when the rear seats are folded down. There's 31.4 cubic feet in the back when the rear seats are in use. If you're shopping the luxury compact SUV market this year, be sure to stop at the Infiniti dealer for a test drive.

2019 Infiniti QX50

Base price: $37,545

Price as tested: $55,285

Type: Compact crossover SUV

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (268 hp, 280 lbs-ft)

Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission

EPA estimated mileage: 24/31

Overall length: 184.7 inches

Curb weight: 3,810 pounds

Final assembly: Aguas, Mexico

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