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2022 LUXE 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $42,100
2022 LUXE 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $44,100
2022 SENSORY 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $47,800
2022 SENSORY 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $49,800
2022 RED SPORT 400 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $55,950
2022 RED SPORT 400 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $57,950


What's New

There are some tech upgrades for 2022, including a 16-speaker Bose stereo and wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility. Entry-level LUXE models also receive leather trim for the first time. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for INFINITI’s three-model sedan range.

Choosing Your INFINITI Q50

The Q50 range is quite easy to navigate, with RWD LUXE models starting at $43,125 including destination. SENSORY models are mechanically identical but better-equipped for $48,825, while RED SPORT 400 cars come with a different engine and consequently start at $56,975. Adding AWD to any Q50 increases its price by $2,000.

Engine Choices

Every Q50 features the same three-liter twin-turbo V6, in two different states of tune. LUXE and SENSORY models send 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to either the rear or all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway and 23 combined in RWD guise, and 19/27/22 as an AWD.

The number in RED SPORT 400’s name comes from its horsepower, while torque also increases to 350 lb-ft. Fuel economy dips to 20/26/22 mpg in RWD mode, while AWD’s city consumption is 19 mpg.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L V6300 hp295 lb-ft

20/29/23 mpg (RWD)

19/27/22 mpg (AWD)

3.0L V6 RED SPORT400 hp350 lb-ft

20/26/22 mpg (RWD)

19/26/22 mpg (AWD)

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater Q50 stands at 13.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place.


Safety Features

INFINITI has ensured every Q50 receives the same array of safety aids, including predictive forward-collision warnings and forward emergency braking, plus haptic feedback as part of a lane-departure warning system.

There’s an around-view monitor with moving object detection, backup collision intervention, and blind-spot warning systems, alongside automatic LED headlights and matching daytime running lights and fog lights. Front and rear sonar also come as standard, as does hill-start assist, and intelligent cruise control with distance control assistance.


Combining wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto for 2022, the Q50 now benefits from a 16-speaker Bose sound system and satellite radio. Dual HD dash screens display INFINITI’s InTouch Services, while there are illuminated USB-A and C sockets in a cabin which additionally offers voice recognition and WiFi hotspot capabilities.


Q50 LUXE – MSRP From $43,125

LUXE models live up to their billing with a cabin featuring textured aluminum accents and a push-button start behind a heated steering wheel. INFINITI’s Intelligent Key system pre-sets everything from the driver’s seat and steering wheel to outside mirrors, while the heated leather front seats are eight-way power-adjustable. Other creature comforts include dual-zone climate, intelligent cruise control, a power sliding/tilting moonroof, and power-folding heated outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down.

There are no packs available on Q50 models.

Q50 SENSORY – MSRP From $48,825

Riding on larger 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with performance tires, SENSORY models are distinguished inside by black wooden trim, a black headliner, and enhanced ambient lighting. The climate system is upgraded to offer air purification, while auto-dimming outside mirrors come as standard alongside voice-controlled 3D navigation with real-time traffic.

Q50 RED SPORT 400 – MSRP From $56,975

The big news on this model is the tuned 400 HP version of the same three-liter V6 engine found in other Q50s. This extra performance is controlled by electronically adjustable digital suspension and sports brakes with red calipers, while other external flourishes include twin brushed satin exhaust tips and exclusive sports wheels. The dash and shifter receive red contrast stitching, as do the quilted semi-aniline leather sports seats; the cabin also has dark chrome accents, aluminum sports pedals, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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The upgrades on higher trims are largely superfluous, so the only logical road to Q50 ownership takes you to LUXE trim. It’s well-equipped and well-priced in equal measure, meaning you can justify spending $2,000 on AWD to improve its grip and road-holding.

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Well-equipped base model

Rides nicely

Quietly elegant

Smooth engine


Only really a four-seater

Starting to feel dated inside

Higher trims make less sense

Fuel economy is poor

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

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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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Prices are up…but so is value. INFINITI’s Q50 has been hit with a substantial price hike for the 2022 model year, with base models over $5,000 more expensive than they were last year. That seems harsh in isolation, though it’s actually quite a sensible move by Nissan’s premium wing. The extra cost has been reinvested in additional equipment including leather seats, wireless smartphone mirroring, and a Bose audio system. Incorporating these features as standard helps to elevate the Q50 above the snarling pack of premium sedans from European brands like Volvo, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

For our money, the $43,125 Luxe model provides all the Q50 you’ll need. You could spend almost $60,000 on a Red Sport model with an uprated engine, but for reasons we’ll come to in a minute, we wouldn’t recommend it.

Power isn’t everything. Those Red Sport Q50s are powered by a 400hp twin-turbocharged V6, which is an amped-up version of the 300hp gas engine found in more affordable trims. Both powerplants are yoked to a seven-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option. However, while an extra hundred horses might sound appealing on paper, it’s not really necessary in practice. Plus, the Red Sport’s 19-inch wheels spoil what’s otherwise a decent standard of ride comfort, even if you splash out on optional adaptive dampers. Once again, smaller wheels deliver bigger comfort.

Well-equipped for battle. Specification upgrades have injected a welcome dose of luxury into every Q50, which its rivals simply can’t match at this price. Settle into the heated and power-adjustable leather driver’s seat in base Luxe models, and you’re bathed in light from a moonroof. A dual-screen infotainment system dominates the dash, though you’ll have to specify mid-range Sensory trim to receive navigation and brown leather.

Safety is another area where the Q50 performs well. Admittedly, there's no official crash test data to draw from, but an extensive array of standard safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view camera system. We’re also big fans of the adaptive cruise control, which – unlike other manufacturers’ systems – won’t slam on the brakes if a semi-truck half a mile in front of you changes lane.

Comfortable for four, cozy for five. Unless a sedan is front-wheel-drive only, a central transmission tunnel inevitably eats into rear space. That’s the case in the RWD-as-standard Q50, whose relatively narrow central rear seat is best treated as an occasional-use item. Far better to drop down the central armrest and turn this into a comfortable space for two. Rear passengers might not have the heating elements or power adjustment enjoyed by front-seat occupants, but there’s plenty of outboard legroom plus decent views through well-sized side windows.

The trunk is something of an oddity, with those widescreen taillights resulting in a high and awkwardly-shaped aperture. Space is limited as well, at 13.2 cu ft. This is on par with the BMW 3-Series, but the Jaguar XF offers far more space, with easier access to boot.

Final thoughts. By adding lots of creature comforts and pushing up the price, INFINITI has made the Q50 more competitive against its long-established sedan rivals. This is a quietly handsome vehicle both inside and out, though the cabin betrays its 2014 heritage more than the exterior. We remain disappointed with the cargo capacity, and it’s hard to recommend the 400hp engine variant considering its detrimental effect on ride quality.

Even so, if you’re keen not to run with the Germanic herd, the Q50 is a pleasant car to own. It’s decent to drive, too, with a slick transmission and good ride quality, even though the handling lacks sharpness and there’s more wallow in the corners than keen drivers would appreciate. Fuel economy isn’t impressive, but safety and standard equipment are both positives, and there’s no reason to spend more than $45,000 for a Luxe trim with all-wheel-drive selected from the options list. Well-built and with a reputation for above-average reliability, the Q50 won’t steal any hearts or turn any heads, but it’ll be a dependable and comfortable traveling companion for many years to come.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 300 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
7-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 29 / 24 Mpg
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
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
189.6 "
Exterior Width
71.8 "
Exterior Height
57.2 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
36.8 "
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
3,781 Lbs.
Wheel Base
112 "
Turning Radius
18.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
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
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
16 Bose Performance Series
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Predictive Forward Collision Warning W/feb Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
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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