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2021 3.0t PURE 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $36,700
2021 3.0t PURE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $38,700
2021 3.0t LUXE 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $41,800
2021 3.0t LUXE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $43,800
2021 3.0t SENSORY 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,700
2021 3.0t SIGNATURE EDITION 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $48,200
2021 3.0t SENSORY 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $49,700
2021 3.0t SIGNATURE EDITION 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $50,200
2021 3.0t RED SPORT 400 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,850
2021 3.0t RED SPORT 400 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $57,850
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3 (Good)

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6300 hp295 lb-ft23 mpg
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6400 hp350 lb-ft22 mpg

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.

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Safety Features

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.

Connectivity

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.

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Pure - From $37,625

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.

Luxe - From $42,725

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.

Sensory - From $48,625

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.

Red Sport 400 - From $56,775

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Standard V6 power
  • Styling aging gracefully
  • Standard automatic emergency braking
Cons
  • Seriously outdated interior
  • Thirsty V6
  • Top trims too pricy
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Automotive Editor

Q-what? Those in the market for a small sport sedan are likely thinking of three big names: Audi, Mercedes, BMW. Maybe those of a more familiar with the segment might consider the Volvo or Cadillac. But INFINITI? it hardly registers on the radar these days.

Yet despite their increased anonymity, they still play in the compact-luxury sandbox. The 2021 INFINITI Q50 sedan has the potential to be great, but as it stands, a revitalization is in order if the car is to remain competitive in this incredibly cutthroat segment.

Tired styling, inside and out. The problem starts with the styling, which is not so much unattractive as it is overly familiar. Seriously, when was the last time INFINITI penned a clean-sheet redesign for their small sedan?

The G37 sedan was groundbreaking in 2002; since then, its successors have always seemed derived from that car in an unoriginal, uninspired way. You can argue the BMW 3-Series is no different, but the designers in Munich have perfected the art of paying homage to the past while embracing the future. INFINITI should take a trip to Germany and take notes.

It gets worse inside, where the cabin reeks of 2010. A severely vertical center stack starkly divides a deeply scalloped dashboard. The analog gauge cluster – no digital display to be found here – hides in a recessed instrument binnacle. The upright drumstick shifter is another vestige from the past, from a time before automakers decided to eschew conventional shifter design.

We'd be remiss not to mention that the dated interior is at least comfortable. Synthetic leather is standard but does a passable impression of the real stuff; genuine hides are available, including premium semi-aniline leather. Comfortable seats provide up to 16 ways of adjustment, and the styling affords great visibility. Its 35 inches of rear leg room make the backseat a spacious place to pass the miles.

Features and tech. The dual infotainment screens bring a bit of modernity to the cabin, but their operation isn't as intuitive as a single large touchscreen display. Still, it works well enough once you get used to it, and yes, the INFINITI Q50 does come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We nonetheless prefer the simplicity of a single screen, though.

Other features are more contemporary, like the standard automatic emergency braking. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay extra for things like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Blind-spot monitoring and a surround-view camera system are only found on the top two trims, which cost over $50,000.

That price point makes us wince. Even when equipped with features like Bose audio, 16-way power seats, and semi-aniline leather, the thought of dropping over fifty large for a car that has hardly been updated in over seven years strikes us as silly.

The slew of cars the Q50 competes with are almost universally more modern, better equipped, and more enjoyable to drive. That includes well-known German competition like the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, as well as less popular models like the Cadillac CT5, Volvo S60, and Acura TLX.

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Strong performance. The Q50's best asset might be under the hood. Last year, INFINITI culled the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine from their lineup, leaving all Q50s to be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6.

In most trims, the engine puts out a strong 300 horsepower; Red Sport models up that to an even 400. No other competitor comes right out of the gate with V6 power, something we certainly appreciate.

We find a lot to love about this twin-turbo V6 in both of its iterations. It gives the Q50 some serious muscle, and we particularly like how it spoons out power. It's unapologetically fast, with 0-60 mph coming in as little as 4.5 seconds in Red Sport guise. That's right in line with competing twin-turbo sixes -– one of the few parameters that the Q50 is actually keeping pace with the competition.

Unfortunately, exclusive six-cylinder power does hurt fuel economy. The EPA says the 300-horse Q50 won't do better than 23 mpg with rear-wheel drive or 22 mpg with the optional all-wheel drive. Red Sport models are slightly worse at 22 mpg combined with RWD or AWD.

A seven-speed automatic transmission matches up with this engine and does a fine job coordinating shifts. It's unobtrusive yet quick, an ideal balance in a car that's expected to be quietly athletic.

About the most disappointing piece of hardware is the available drive-by-wire system. As the name suggests, there's no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels; everything is done by wires and sensors. The result is a total dearth of feel or feedback. That might be fine in a minivan, but a luxury sport sedan? Uh-uh. We're thankful it's only an option. The standard steering setup is far more natural.

As for ride, there's little not to like. The chassis is composed enough to stay settled on rough pavement but appropriately dialed in for neutral cornering and balanced handling. Other cars are firmer and more focused, but the INFINITI draws a nice compromise between ride comfort and handling.

Final thoughts. The 2021 INFINITI Q50 is dated. There's little about this car that keeps it competitive with its adversaries. The cabin is in dire need for a makeover, and the exterior styling, while aging gracefully, is also wanting for a fresh look. The V6 puts a smile on our face, but it comes with the caveat that what makes it special is fundamentally rooted in its being obsolete.

The Q50 could be great, if INFINITI could just revise the styling and modernize the technology and features. In other words, if they give it a full redesign. If INFINITI wants to be serious about competing in this segment, it needs to go back to the drawing board and build on the Q50's good bones. Then we might be able to recommend it.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 300 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Transmission
7-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 300 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
20.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$77
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
189.6 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
57.2 "
Front Headroom
40.2 "
Rear Headroom
37.5 "
Front Legroom
44.5 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,685 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
18.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Predictive Forward Collision Warning W/feb Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 60,000 Miles

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