Plenty of compact-to-midsize luxury sedans are available today, but only a handful of them make sporty performance a top priority. One of those is the INFINITI Q50 premium sedan from Nissan’s luxury division. More than most competitors, the Q50 promises quick reflexes as well as eager acceleration, blended with the interior comforts of a plush cruiser. Previously offered only with V6 power, the Q50, categorized as a compact by the EPA, now comes with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 powertrains.
What's New for 2016
Redesigned and renamed for 2014, the INFINITI Q50 has a new four-cylinder engine choice for the 2016 model year, as well as a new twin-turbo V6. A new Q50 Red Sport 400 is expected around midseason, with a high-output version of the 3-liter V6 producing 400 horsepower. Steering and suspension systems have been revised, and new safety features are available. Interior/exterior appearance is largely unchanged. Base and Premium trim levels are offered. All versions can have either rear-drive or all-wheel drive.
Choosing Your INFINITI Q50
All Q50 models formerly held a 3.7-liter V6. For 2016, buyers have two basic engine choices. A new turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder develops 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, whereas the new twin-turbo 3-liter V6 generates 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. During the 2016 model year, a Q50 Red Sport 400 is expected to emerge, packing a 400-horsepower variant of the V6 that also yields 350 pound-feet of torque.
A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard for all Q50 models. Optional all-wheel drive adds $2,000 to the Q50’s price. A new-generation Direct Adaptive Steering system promises improved feel and feedback. The new Dynamic Digital Suspension adjusts the Q50's ride toward either performance or comfort.
For the first time, the Q50 incorporates an idle stop/start system. Fuel economy with the four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive is estimated at 23 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway (26 mpg combined).
The Q50 is now available in five trim levels, each with rear-drive or all-wheel drive:
With its new engine selection, the Q50 starts out competitively priced—almost like a compact luxury sedan rather than a midsize model. To savor a true luxury car experience, we recommend upgrading to the Premium alternative. INFINITI also offers a Hybrid version of the Q50, with a gasoline/electric powertrain.