Phone and GPS Mounts for an Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50 InteriorThe Infiniti QX50 is a small luxury SUV made by the luxury division of Nissan.  This is another one of those vehicles that you would think is easy to choose a mount for, but it’s not.  The compact size, placement of speakers and cup holders and contours of the dash make this more challenging.

Our typical photo of the interior of the Infiniti QX50 accompanies this article.  It’s a nice interior and reminds us (not surprisingly) of the Infiniti QX60 interior.  Well, except it’s more compact.  So compact that you can forget about mounting a tablet in the Infiniti QX50, it’s simply too small to mount anything larger than a smartphone (at least in our opinion).

Now we assume most Infiniti QX50 owners have a factory installed GPS in their vehicle.  However, some owners prefer their Garmin GPS so we’ll not only discuss phone mounts, but also a few for a Garmin GPS.

The windshield is perhaps the best location for a smartphone or GPS in an Infiniti QX50.  The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones provides an extendable rigid base combined with an expandable cradle.  Unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature.  An extension is always a welcome addition to an SUV mount.  The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side.  This is large enough to hold most phones.

The dash presents a small issue.  There’s a big speaker located right in the middle of the top of the dash.  That’s typically where you mount most devices.  A small mount located to either side would be needed.  Be certain not to block your view of the road with the mounted device.  While a phone or GPS might be possible, a tablet cannot fit.

Turning the previously mentioned iOttie Easy One Touch 2 into a dash mount can be accomplished by adding the iOttie Reusable Dashboard Pad.  It’s a temporary non adhesive way accessory.  The bottom has a sticky surface and the top is smooth like a windshield.  Although no wipe is included, be sure to clean the dash area before application.  Now stick the suction cup from the mount to the smooth surface on this dash disk.  When it’s time to remove the iOttie Reusable Dashboard Pad, simply lift the tab and remove.  Wash the bottom with warm soapy water and let it dry.  This recharges the sticky surface.  This dash disk is flexible and may suit some contoured dashboards well.

The air vent will work ok.  Like the Q60, the vents on the Infiniti Q50 aren’t conventional.  They kind of slope up then down and towards the sides.  A mount that invludes a clamping or vice type of grip is going to work best.  A ball and socket mount will be needed to deal with the slope.  Your results may vary with this location.

Consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount.  The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin.  This mount uses a gripping mechanism to attach to the vent slats.  It has a ball and socket so the cradle so has the capability to be oriented downwards towards the driver versus the roof.  This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep.  The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.

The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS.  All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back.  Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball.  Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.

We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and have used it in a Nissan Murano successfully.  So if it works on a Murano, an Infiniti QX60 should be easy.

The cup holder isn’t going to work well in the Infiniti QX50.  The cup holders are located in an area not easily seen and they are covered with a lid.  The close quarters of the QX50 make for a very uncomfortable ride using a cup holder mount.  We do not recommend using this location.

The CD player isn’t a bad choice in this vehicle however it comes with a few caveats.  The CD player is located somewhat close to the gear shift however, it does appear to have sufficient clearance for mounts that will place the device somewhat flush to the dash.  Additionally, the mount will need to swivel the device into landscape mode as portrait may position the phone too low on the dash.

For a phone or GPS, consider the Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones which uses a knob on the bottom of the mount to secure within the CD player.  The cradle opens to 3.4 inches which is wide enough for most phones and many GPS devices.  Like a few of the other mounts mentioned, the mount has a 17mm ball so you can remove the cradle and just use it for a Garmin GPS.  Remember to rotate the device into landscape mode.

A car seat bolt mount will not work on an Infiniti QX50.  The seat bolts are covered by a plastic lid.  While you can use the option to bolt it directly to the floor board, most are not going to want to drill holes into their vehicle’s floor, so let’s steer clear of these.

So let’s review where we stand on mounts for the Infiniti QX50.  The windshield, CD player and vent are good.  Dash is possible.  Avoid the seat bolt and cup holder.  And in case you missed it, a tablet is a difficult device to mount in this vehicle.