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.
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 Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.0L V6||300 hp||295 lb-ft|
20/29/23 mpg (RWD)
19/27/22 mpg (AWD)
|3.0L V6 RED SPORT||400 hp||350 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.