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2022 Infiniti QX55

DRiVing WitH Dan
Dan WieSe

Dan Wiese is a freelance
automotive writer. You can e-mail
him at: drivingwithdan@gmail.com

Based on the QX50, new 55 is a sport-utility with more sport, less utility
Infiniti’s compact QX50 crossover
has spawned a fashion maven: the 2022
QX55, which shares 50’s platform and
mechanicals.
Although, from a styling standpoint,
it’s pretty much identical to its source
material from the B-pillar forward,
QX55 from its B-pillar aft goes its
own way, showing a fastback roof and
seductive profile.
Of course, you gotta make some
sacrifices in the name of fashion.
Compared to QX50, the dashing 55
surrenders an inch-and-a-half of rear
head room, 10 cubic feet of seats-folded
cargo space and roughly 6 cubes of total
interior volume.
On the other hand, when you’re
behind the wheel -- well, as Billy
Crystal’s “Fernando” used to say,
“Dahling, you look mahvelous.
Absolutely mahvelous!”
Like QX50, which itself debuted
in 2019, this new QX55’s styling starts
with a mug that blends a catfish maw
with raptor-eye headlights and slashing
front-fascia vents. That remarkable face
is capped by a hood that shows raised
character creases sharp enough to cut
steak, along with edges that overlap the
fender crowns! Finally, the draped hood
edge melds into a flank-long character
line that, unlike 50, runs along 55’s flank
through the door handles to a virtually
deckless rump. Oh, and out back are
wide hips and a racy backlight.
Have mercy! Cover the eyes of
impressionable children!
Along with that hey-look-at-me
haberdashery, QX55 shows a roofline
that’s 2.2-inches lower while casting an
overall shadow that’s 1.6-inches longer,
despite sharing QX50’s 110.2-inch
wheelbase.
Another departure is the number of
available trims: 55 drops 50’s base trim

2022 infiniti QX55
VeHicle tyPe: All-wheel drive, fivepassenger, compact luxury crossover
baSe PRice: (not including
destination charge): luxe: $47,525;
essential: $52,625; Sensory: $58,075
PRice aS DRiVen: $58,770; a Sensory
with $695 exterior paint upgrade
engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4
HoRSePoWeR: 268 at 5600 rpm

Under its hood, QX55 features a turbocharged four that, in an industry first, can alter its
own compression ratio.

and its ultra-tony “Autograph” top
trim, leaving QX55 available in Luxe,
Essential and Sensory raiment. We
drove a Sensory.
Inside, room is fine up front and
surprisingly accommodating in back.
Tall guys might squawk in the rear
seat, but average stature adults will be
OK. And everyone loved the decor in
our Sensory -- gray boat-like wood,
red and black leather and satin metal
throughout. Very snappy.
Regarding infotainment, 55 has more
screens than the local Cineplex. There’s
a reconfigurable display in the gauge
pod with 14 info choices -- navigation,
trip, mpg, audio, digital speedometer
and more. Meanwhile, an upper centerstack screen, though mainly for navi
in our Sensory, can. at the twist of a
console knob, show other info. And a
lower center-stack touch screen, though
mainly for audio, can, again, display
other information. Mix and match.
And, happily, there’s a knob for audio
volume.
Of course, Android Auto and Apple
CarPlay compatibility is included.
Regardless of trim, the greasy stuff

caR talk

For Cruiser’s
squealing problem,
look at the
driving surface
Ray Magliozzi
King Features Content
cartalk@gmail.com

DeaR caR talk:
I have a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Limited Edition with
225,000 miles. It is running fine, but when driving at lower
speeds and turning, like in our condo parking garage, it makes
all kinds of squeaks and squeals. They are not heard when
driving at higher speeds on the road.
I think in the old days, new grease plugs and a lube job
would have taken care of this. Is there a way to quiet things
down short of replacing ball joints? -- William
William, we love having customers like you at the shop.
Guys like you come in, having already diagnosed the problem
and tell us you need grease plugs (whatever they are), a lube
job and ball joints.
We sell you all that stuff, and when you come back and say
the car was still squealing, we can just shrug and say “Hey, you
asked for all that stuff.”
I think the squealing is actually coming from your tires,
William. But I don’t think you need new tires, either. What
you’re hearing is the tires scrubbing or dragging along the
smooth, sticky, concrete floor of your parking garage.
Chemically sealed concrete is almost perfectly flat and
nonporous. That means 100% of the tire’s contact patch is in
touch with the garage floor.
So when you turn the steering wheel, you end up dragging
the tires -- in tiny little movements -- over the garage floor.
The tires are intermittently sticking and then sliding a little
bit. And that stick-and-slide creates the eeerrr-eeerrr-eeerrr
squeaking sound you hear. It’s a lot like what you hear on a
basketball court, as players stop and pivot and their sneakers
drag along the court surface.
When you’re on a normal road, it doesn’t happen, mostly
because the pavement isn’t as smooth. Those chunks of asphalt
create a much more porous surface than concrete, so not every
square millimeter of your tire’s contact patch is touching the
road.
Plus, when you’re driving, there are other noises that would
drown it out, like engine noise, wind noise, road noise and
your copy of “Led Zeppelin IV.”
What can make the squealing noise worse? If they recently
resealed the garage floor. If you have wheels that are out
of alignment and more likely to drag or scrub on turns. Or
if you’ve been watching too many Charles Bronson movies,
William, and are flying into your parking space at 30 mph.
Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive,
Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com. (c)
2021 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

is identical to QX50 with one exception:
all-wheel drive, optional on 50, is
standard under 55.
Power comes from Infiniti’s fourcylinder “VC-Turbo” -- “VC” being
shorthand for “variable compression.”
It’s a 2.0-liter blown four that, depending
on engine load, alters how high the
pistons rise in the cylinder cans. In so
doing, it alters engine compression for
-- in theory -- the “best combination of
power and efficiency.”
We found the engine surprisingly
willing, given that it’s lashed to a
standard CVT. It proves gutsy as it
unloads its full complement of 280 lb.ft. of torque at a low 1,600 rpm. Bury
the skinny pedal and even the CVT
works hard to get into the spirit of
the proceedings, mimicking step-gear
ratio-trades and, in so doing, pretty
much eliminating the dreaded CVT
drone.
Throw in paddle shifters and
selectable chassis modes -- Personal,
Sport, Standard, Eco -- and drivers
greet 60 mph in the 6’s.
In 125 miles, about 50 highway, 75
around town, we realized 23 mpg while

toRQue: 280 lb.-ft. at 1,600 rpm
RecoMMenDeD fuel: Premium
tRanSMiSSion: CVT automatic,
manual shift mode, downshift
rev-matching
ePa MPg: 22 city/28 hwy/25 combined
WHeelbaSe: 110.2 inches
lengtH: 186.3 inches
caRgo (seat up/down): 26.9 cu. ft.
/54.1 cu. ft.
baSe cuRb WeigHt: 4,015 lbs.
WHeRe built: Aguascalientes, Mexico

enjoying fine ride quality and a civil
cabin.
So the choice is the buyer’s: a similar
driving experience accompanied by
square-back utility in QX50 or a racy
styling statement in the new QX55.
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olD caR coluMn

Waxing nostalgic: Two decades of
TKCS-STL
bRuce kunz
Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer
the_fin_man@msn.com

For those of you who may be new
to the Old Car Column, I have been Photo by Larry Hassel
all time fav
favorite fin cars is the 1960 Dodge Polara, or in this case, the
writing this column for nearly 18 years, One of my all-time
nearly identical, one-step-down Matador. The owner of this example upgraded
starting in October of 2003. Fast forward his Matador with Polara trim which included the super slim red taillights at the
seven years to 2010 when I started local trailing edge of those great fins! This thing looks supersonic even standing still!
Standing next to me is Pablo’s nephew, Lou Hernandez, one of my TKCS-STL
promotion of SEMA’s Take a Kid to a Car volunteers, and ‘survivor’ of over 100 shows from 2011 to 2019! He is presently
Show, a program which dates back to the Lance Corporal Luis Hernandez and was recently deployed to Kuwait and soon
after stationed in Saudi Arabia.
late ‘90s. The mission of the program is to
promote interest in the special interest car
It’s been one heck of a ride, and while
hobby with kids in their formative years so that COVID-19 put shows on a hold last year, we’re
the hobby will continue to thrive for generations anticipating slowly getting the ball rolling again
to come.
for 2021.
On Easter Sunday, 2010, with a pop up tent
borrowed from the St. Louis Jaguar Association,
Pablo Rodriguez and I set up the first TKCSSTL booth at the Horseless Carriage Club of
Missouri’s Concours d’Elegance on the upper lot
of the Muny in Forest Park. Since that first year,
along with volunteers, I have done nearly 200 car
shows and cruises.
In 2011, we adopted lovable, laughable Roy
the wonder dog at a
Kiwanis car show in
Columbia, Illinois. It
was a Cinderella story
for sure. Roy quickly
became the TKCS-STL
mascot and was loved
by all who encountered
him. As of 2019, Roy
had attended more than 70 car shows and cruises!
2015 saw the introduction of Breakfast with
the Fin Man – breakfast meetings with Old Car
Column readers and Fin Man fans, where guests
often bring special cars to display at local fast
food eateries in the metro area.
In 2017, I introduced Rollin’ with the Fin Man,
with a bus tour which drew 300 people, filling
six Vandalia Bus Line, luxury motor coaches
– headed to Springfield, Illinois, for lunch and
to view an amazing private collection of cars,
motorcycles and Cessna business jets! Two similar
local tours on a smaller scale followed.

Check out this story at stltoday.com/lifestyles/
autos for photos of the Dodge Matador and
others.
Rollin’ with the Fin Man, Lite! We’re on the
road again! Saturday, May 15. Meet me at the
Flying J Truck Stop in Pontoon Beach, Illinois.
Look for the school bus, boarding from 8:309:00 a.m. We’ll travel to Carlyle, Illinois, have
breakfast or lunch at the Old Route 50 Cafe (from
a limited menu) and then go to see John Cook’s
15-car garage collection. We will return to the
Flying J mid-to-late afternoon. Ticket prices are
$40 per person and include breakfast or lunch
items (from a limited menu) at the Old Route 50
Cafe in Carlyle, Illinois. I want this to be a funfor-all day. ‘50s and ‘60s music will be playing on
the bus, and TKCS-STL mascot, Roy (our very
lovable basset hound), will be joining us. I have
only three rules:
1. Your temperature will be taken upon
boarding the bus.
2. Face masks must be worn only while riding
the bus.
3. Please leave your partisan, political opinions
at home when you walk out the door!
We still have seats available, so join us for a fun
day. Please mail your check, made out to Bruce
Kunz, c/o St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 901 N. 10th
St., St. Louis, MO 63101. If paying by check, I’ll
need your check by Saturday, May 8. To purchase
using a card, call me at 314-327-FINS (3467).

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