The Infiniti Q50 is all-new, and will serve as the upgraded version of the previous G37 sedan. Infiniti has also introduced a Hybrid Q50 to provide optimal fuel economy for budget-conscious and environmentally-conscious shoppers.
Interior/ExteriorThe body of the Q50 is curved and sculpted in all the right places, with a unique grill design and powerful build. There is plenty of legroom for passengers, and a good amount of trunk space.
The Q50 provides a hefty list of standard features starting with the base model. Particularly appealing are eight-way power seats, InTouch electronic touchscreen, and smartphone connectivity. The Q50 premium brings a vastly enhanced sound system and sunroof, while the Sport model adds more performance and design tweaks. Buyers interested in the Hybrid Premium or Sport will find nearly all of the same options as their conventionally-powered counterparts. As expected, a series of upgrade packages -- mostly for Premium and Sport trims -- throw in even more advanced features.
Under the Hood
All Q50s house a 3.7-liter V6 that puts out a healthy 328 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy for rear-wheel drive Q50s comes in at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for a combined 23 mpg. All-wheel drive drops the numbers a bit, yielding 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for 22 mpg combined.
Opting for the Hybrid provides a 3.5-liter V6 coupled to a 50-kilowatt electric motor. Rear-wheel drive Hybrids get an estimated 29 mpg city and 36 mpg highway for a combined 31 mpg, and with all-wheel drive the estimate drops to 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for 30 mpg combined.
The Q50 is a sporty luxury vehicle, and in many ways it performs like one. A Premium model rockets buyers from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, and the V6 engine provides plenty of power, along with very capable handling. The ride over bumpier terrain is less refined, however, and traction around curves could be improved.