The 2021 INFINITI Q50 rolls over with minimal changes. Now in its seventh year, the aging sedan adds a new Sensory trim, which is essentially the same as last year's Sport trim with a few added features. The Luxe model now comes standard with adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, and other driver assist features.
INFINITI is planning to revamp its lineup in the coming years, with more focus on hybrid and electric powertrains. The future of the Q50 is unclear, but even if it survives, it’s likely that the rear-wheel-drive architecture won’t.
Choosing Your INFINITI Q50
The Q50 comes in four trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Red Sport 400. Prices start at $37,625 including destination for the base Pure model and reach $56,775 for the Red Sport 400.
The Q50 uses a single engine in two states of tune. The first three trims get the default 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which is strong for the class – it starts with more power than a BMW 3-Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Red Sport 400 comes with the more powerful version of the same engine.
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Both engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. All Q50 trims start with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for $2,000 extra.
The upgraded engine in the Red Sport 400 offers impressive performance without much of a penalty in fuel efficiency.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Like most sedans, the Q50 seats five passengers. Cabin space is average for the class, with a reasonable 35.1 inches of leg room in the second row.
Cargo capacity is good, but not great. With 13.5 cubic feet of space in the trunk, the Q50 is slightly more capacious than a 3-Series or Lexus IS, but you won’t mistake it for a crossover.
The Q50 is respectable in the safety department, with good crash test scores and a decent set of active safety features. Automatic emergency braking is standard on all trims. For 2021, Luxe trims gain adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and a surround-view camera system.
Lane keeping assist is only offered on the Red Sport 400, but it's optional even there. The Proactive Package ($1,950) bundles adaptive front headlights with auto-leveling, crash-ready seat belts, a glowing grille badge, and more.
INFINITI ups the ante on infotainment with dual touchscreens of 7 and 8 inches. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and capable of creating a wi-fi hot spot for up to seven devices. Two USB ports come standard.
The Luxe and above come equipped with navigation. A Bose audio system is available on the Luxe and standard on the top two models.
The Q50 Pure offers respectable luxury for the price. Seats are upholstered in synthetic leather, and the wheels are 17-inch alloys. Dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, and heated side mirrors come standard.
The biggest addition at the Luxe trim is a tinted power-sliding moonroof. Elsewhere, the wheels grow to 18 inches and the interior gets aluminum trim. Navigation comes standard, as well as host of extra safety goodies mentioned above.
Synthetic leather is the default, but real leather upholstery is available as part of the Seat and Sound Package ($2,500). Also included are Bose audio and interior ambient lighting.
The Sensory trim is technically new for 2021, but it’s similar to last year’s Sport model. It adds some performance touches, including sticky summer tires, adaptive dampers, upgraded brakes, and wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Leather upholstery comes standard at this trim, as do 19-inch wheels, heated front seats, leather seating, and the Bose audio system.
The Red Sport 400 is the top dog of the Q50 lineup, bringing prodigious performance from its upgraded engine. To go along with the extra performance, it gets aluminum sport pedals and its own exhaust system. Luxury isn’t neglected, with semi-aniline leather upholstery and contrast stitching.
As tempting as the Red Sport 400 is, the 2021 INFINITI Q50 is at its best in base trim. The styling is surprisingly fresh for the sedan’s age, and its power makes it a good value against the sport sedan establishment.