The 2020 INFINITI Q50 drops the formerly-standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, leaving the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 as the only available powerplant. Additionally, an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on all models.
Choosing Your INFINITI Q50
The INFINITI Q50 is offered in four trims: Pure, Luxe, Sport, and Red Sport 400. Pricing starts at $37,425 including destination for the Pure and rises to $55,275 for the Red Sport 400.
The Q50 is no longer available with the four-cylinder engine for the 2020 model year, meaning the V6 is the sole offering, although the range-topping Red Sport 400 gets a high-output variant of it.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||Pure, Luxe, Sport||300 hp||295 lb-ft||23 mpg|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 (high output)||Res Sport 400||400 hp||350 lb-ft||22 mpg|
A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is available across the board for $2,000. Even with the AWD system, power is only sent to the front wheels when additional traction is required.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The INFINITI Q50 is a mid-size sedan that seats five and offers 13.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the trunk.
The base Q50 lacks standard active safety features beyond automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
The Luxe is available with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system through the ProAssist Package ($850). These features come standard on the Sport and Red Sport 400.
Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, and automatic high beams are available through the ProActive Package ($2,700) on the Sport and Red Sport 400.
The INFINITI Q50 uses two HD touchscreens for controlling infotainment: an 8-inch upper unit and a 7-inch lower unit. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and satellite radio are all standard.
Navigation and wi-fit hot spot capability are standard on the Sport and Red Sport 400, and available on the Luxe through the Essential Package ($2,750).
The Pure trim’s notable standard features include LED headlights, fog lights, and taillights, turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, 17-inch wheels, and proximity entry with push button start.
Inside, black leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control add to the comfort level.
The next step up is the Luxe trim, and it adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, aluminum interior trim, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The wow-features arrive via the $2,750 Essential Package, which includes navigation, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote start, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and power lumbar support for the driver's seat.
The Sport trim includes a host of performance upgrades such as more pronounced front and rear fascia with a dark painted finish, active dampers, enlarged brakes, and summer performance tires wrapped on 19-inch wheels.
Helping support the driver are power seat bolsters and manual thigh extensions, while leather surfaces, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, and even fancier aluminum trim up the luxury side of things. All features from the ProAssist and Essential Packages are also standard.
The $2,700 ProActive Package adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The Red Sport 400 represents the sportiest trim in terms of speed and looks. The 400-hp V6 engine, black colored mirrors, uniquely styled exhaust tips, and wider rear tires are matched by aluminum-trimmed pedals, semi-aniline quilted leather seat coverings, and dark chrome interior trim.
The 2020 INFINITI Q50 Sport offers the right balance of sportiness and luxury, and it opens up the full roster of active safety features through the ProActive Package. However, its lack of nameplate prestige might make it feel overly expensive.