James Flammang
Contributing Editor - November 23, 2016


Plenty of compact-to-midsize luxury sedans are available today, but only a handful make sporty performance a top priority. One of those is the INFINITI Q50 sedan from Nissan’s luxury division, which was redesigned and renamed for 2014. More than most competitors, the Q50 promises quick reflexes as well as eager acceleration, blended with the interior comforts of a plush cruiser. Categorized as a compact by the EPA, the Q50 comes with your choice of a four-cylinder or twin-turbo V6 engine. A Q50 Red Sport 400 debuted during the 2016 season, packing a high-output version of the 3-liter V6 that produces 400 horsepower. All versions can have either rear-drive or (for $2,000 additional) all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2017

New 2.0t Sport and 2.0t Sport AWD models have joined the lineup. Red brake calipers have been added to Red Sport 400 models. Base models now include auto-dimming mirrors, HomeLink, and rain-sensing wipers. A new Design package is available for V6 Sport models. Premium versions add advanced climate control and a new Bose 16-speaker audio system.


Choosing Your INFINITI Q50

Buyers have two basic engine choices. A turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine develops 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, whereas the twin-turbo 3-liter V6 generates 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. Topping the performance spectrum, the Q50 Red Sport 400 packs 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 each Q50’s price. A Direct Adaptive Steering system promises improved feel and feedback. INFINITI’s Dynamic Digital Suspension can adjust the Q50's ride toward either performance or comfort.

Each Q50 incorporates an idle stop/start system. Fuel economy with the four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive is estimated at 22 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway (26 mpg combined). Models with the 300-horsepower V6 are estimated at 20/29 mpg (city/highway) and 23 mpg combined. The Red Sport 400 gets an estimate of 20/26 mpg (city/highway) and 22 mpg combined. All-wheel drive makes each version (especially the four-cylinder) a little less thrifty.

The Q50 is now available in six trim levels, each with rear-drive or all-wheel drive:


Starting at $34,855 (destination charge included), the four-cylinder base model comes with eight-way power front seats, leatherette seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control, electro-luminescent gauges, six-speaker audio, INFINITI InTouch, and run-flat tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. Also standard are satellite radio, SiriusXM Travel Link, a rearview camera, LED automatic headlights, LED foglamps, heated power mirrors, and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. The InTouch dual infotainment display includes 7- and 8-inch touchscreens. A sunnroof is optional for $1,000.

2.0t Premium

For $39,305, the step-up trim level adds such extras as a moonroof, HomeLink universal transceiver, and Bose premium 16-speaker surround-sound audio. Leather upholstery and a navigation system are optional.

A Premium Plus Package for the 2.0t adds features such as auto-dimming outside mirrors, a power-adjustable steering column with memory, INFINITI InTouch with navigation, SiriusXM traffic data, and voice recognition. The Driver Assistance package adds forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, backup collision intervention, predictive forward collision warning, and a surround-view camera system with moving-object detection.

2.0t Sport

New for 2017 and priced at $43,205, four-cylinder Sport trim includes sport-type leather-appointed seats, sport brakes, driver memory driver, auto-dimming outside mirrors, aluminum-accented pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, and summer performance run-flat tires on 19-inch aluminum wheels.

3.0t Premium

Standard features are similar to the 2.0t Premium, but with the twin-turbo 3-liter V6 engine. Sticker price is $41,555.

3.0t Sport

For $4,000 more than the 3.0t Premium, its Sport sibling adds such features as magnesium paddle shifters, aluminum-accented pedals, a unique front fascia, and leather-appointed seats with thigh extensions and power bolsters.

In addition to the Premium Plus Package, V6 models can get Technology and Driver Assistance packages with active safety features.

Red Sport 400

High-performance fans willing to pay $49,605 can choose the hottest Q50, with its 400-horsepower rendition of the twin-turbo V6 engine. Standard equipment is similar to the 3.0t Sport model.

CarsDirect Tip

With its broad engine selection, the Q50 starts out competitively priced – almost like a compact luxury sedan rather than a midsize model. To approach a true luxury-car experience, we recommend the Premium trim level. INFINITI also offers a hybrid version of the Q50.

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