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Infiniti offering 0% financing and 90-day deferred payments on all 2020 models

The Infiniti QX80 is just one of the brand's models that has been enhanced for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Unlike offers from Hyundai and Genesis, which require you to lose your job in order to take advantage of 90-day payment deferrals on a new car purchase, Infiniti is rolling out the incentive for all well-qualified customers.

Effective immediately, Infiniti Financial Services is offering well-qualified buyers zero percent APR financing for up to 72 months on any 2020 Infiniti model, and will defer payments for 90 days. Not all buyers will qualify, and higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings.This offer is available through June 30, 2020.

2020 Infiniti QX50The Infiniti QX50 is a premium compact SUV that is designed for comfortable cruising.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Most Infiniti retailers, which are able to be open based upon state and regional regulations, are offering remote new vehicle delivery to clients' homes using CDC suggested guidelines. In addition, most are also providing contactless pick-up and delivery for vehicle service.

Infiniti offers a number of competitive vehicles for sale including the QX50, a comfortable cruiser of a compact SUV, and the QX60, its midsize, three-row family hauler. Those shopping for large SUVs should consider the Infiniti QX80, which is priced similarly in its mid-grade to a high-end Nissan Armada and is much better priced.

Sedan lovers who don't want to pay for a German brand but are keep to have a car that looks good and drives well will want to test drive the Q50. The lone Infiniti coupe, the Q60 is a compelling choice for a sports car for buyers who are interested in a refined drive experience and sexy styling. Both models are available in 400-horsepower variants.

The QX80 and Q60 also feature Infiniti's new infotainment touch screen display. In both models, it consists of a dual-scree setup. Graphics and processing speed are much improved over the 2019 models.

Later this year, Infiniti is expected to reveal the new QX55 two-row SUV and the next-generation QX60. Both models were originally slated to have their covers pulled off at auto shows this year but the events have been cancelled. Alternative plans are in the works.

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The majority of new car buyers paid a markup in January 2022.

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It's no secret that new car prices are climbing every year, as new technology and features make their way into even the most basic models. The issue is compounded by massive supply chain issues that have caused vehicle shortages for nearly every major automaker. Some dealers are taking advantage of record low inventory levels by marking up prices, and unfortunately, the problem isn't limited to a handful of bad apples. In analyzing recent sale price data, automotive publication Edmunds found that buyers paid a markup in a whopping 82.2 percent of all new vehicle purchases in January 2022, compared to just 2.8 percent a year before. Overall, the average transaction price rose to $728 above MSRP for new car purchases.


Tesla factoryTesla is looking to expand production in the U.S. beyond the confines of its Fremont factory. Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors

Cadillac buyers saw the largest markups, to the tune of $4,048 on average in January. Land Rover and Kia weren't much better, with average markups of $2,565 and $2,289, respectively. On the other end of the spectrum, Alfa Romeo buyers got discounts that averaged $3,421, while people who bought Volvo or Lincoln vehicles got smaller discounts of $869 and $510, respectively.

Some automakers have taken a stand against dealer markups and the general lack of transparency seen in pricing across the board. Ford and General Motors have been vocal in recent months, threatening to withhold inventory from dealers found to be slapping markups on new vehicles. As Edmunds notes, both automakers have important vehicle launches on the horizon that neither can afford to flub, and inconsistent pricing or markups is a good way to alienate new customers out of the gate.


Cadillac EscaladeCadillac buyers paid the largest markups of any brand. Photo courtesy of Cadillac

If you're thinking of shopping for a new car, the best way to avoid paying a markup is to wait. The pandemic and ongoing supply chain issues have thrown kinks into every automaker's operations that will take time to iron out. That said, it's clear that some brands are committed to having no funny business when it comes to dealerships' pricing and communication. It's possible to get a vehicle at MSRP, or even below in some cases, so if you're in a position that requires you to buy a new car, shop around to get the best deal.

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Updated premium crossover

2022 Infiniti QX50 picks up new standard features

The new QX50 gets more tech and safety features.

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Infiniti is one of a handful of automakers that have continued developing and building cars instead of focusing only on higher-profit and much more popular SUVs and trucks. That said, Infiniti's catalog is crossover- and SUV-heavy. Its smallest and least expensive crossover, the QX50 gets a handful of new features for 2022, and today Infiniti announced pricing.

Infiniti offers the 2022 QX50 in five trims: $40,025 Pure, $43,375 Luxe, $47,825 Essential, $52,525 Sensory, and $57,975 Autograph. All trims get Infiniti's variable compression (VC-Turbo) engine that makes 268 horsepower and returns up to 26 mpg combined. The advanced engine shifts its compression ratio to match the driver's behavior. When more power is needed, the compression changes, and when efficiency is the priority, it changes again. It's a marvel of engineering, but it's not as fuel-efficient as a hybrid. Power reaches the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

2022 Infiniti QX50Pricing starts at around $40,000.Infiniti

Beyond the new standard features for 2022, buyers of the new QX50 will have to step up to the Luxe trim to get the most desirable features such as auto-folding exterior side mirrors, power lumbar support, and perforated leather upholstery. Standard comfort gear includes eight-way power front seats, dual-zone climate controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Infiniti stuck with its dual-screen infotainment configuration with the 2022 QX50. The top eight-inch screen handles wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto duties, as well as navigation. The bottom seven-inch screen handles vehicle controls, radio stations, and other settings. Though the system looks great and adds a high-tech feel to the cabin, two screens can be distracting and confusing while driving. The good news is that the QX50 gets an excellent 16-speaker Bose stereo starting with the Luxe trim.

2022 Infiniti QX50ProPilot Assist and Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto are now standardInfiniti

The 2022 QX50 hasn't been crash tested by either major ratings organization yet, but the 2021 model performed well. It earned Good ratings in crash testes and a Superior score for its standard crash prevention systems. The 2022 QX50 comes standard with Infiniti's ProPilot Assist system, which brings advanced adaptive cruise control functions that can center the car in its lane, brake, and accelerate. Other standard tech includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, rear automatic braking, predictive forward collision warnings, and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.


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