INFINITI continues to produce high-quality luxury sports sedans at an affordable price. Starting at $51,595 (which includes a destination charge of $995), the 2018 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid takes that luxury and sportiness and adds a dollop of efficiency.
What's New for 2018
The refreshed 2018 INFINITI Q50 adds LED lighting accents, with subtle changes to the front end, grille, and upgrades to interior insulation to cut down on road noise. INFINITI has also included multiple safety systems such as adaptive steering, an active lane control system, a blind spot warning system, and lane departure warning as standard items on the Q50 Hybrid Luxe and Hybrid Luxe AWD.
Choosing Your INFINITI Q50 Hybrid
The Q50 Hybrid is available to consumers in a single trim – the Hybrid Luxe. Rear-wheel drive is standard, although consumers can snag all-wheel drive for an additional $2,000. The Q50 Hybrid combines a 3.5-liter V6 with a single electric motor. The gasoline-powered V6 produces 302 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the 50-kilowatt electric motor belts out 67 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. Combined, the hybrid powerplant delivers a total of 360 horsepower which is managed by a seven-speed automatic transmission. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the rear-wheel drive Q50 Hybrid is 27 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, for a combined 29 mpg. The AWD returns 26 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, which is 28 mpg combined.
Based off the standard, gas-only Q50's Luxe trim, the Q50 Hybrid is well-equipped with standard features including full leather seating, and heated front seats with an eight-way power driver seat and driver memory settings for the seats, mirrors, and steering wheel settings. These presets are linked to individual keys. Maple wood trim is a standard interior feature, along with a Bose audio system featuring 16-speakers, two USB connection ports, and SiriusXM satellite radio with a three-month subscription. The dual-touchscreen display includes an eight-inch upper and seven-inch lower display, which includes navigation, and a 360-degree camera with a moving object detection system. Unfortunately, INFINITI hasn't embraced Apple CarPlay or Android Auto technology yet, so consumers will have to live with the standard infotainment.
The 2018 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid rides on 19-inch wheels, includes an intelligent cruise control system, a lane guidance system, a sport-tuned suspension, a power moonroof, a remote engine starting system, forward emergency braking, and a predictive forward collision warning system. The Q50 Hybrid is available in eight exterior colors and three interior color patterns.
There are no additional option or feature packages.
With prices starting at $51,595, the 2018 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid is more expensive than the $46,595 BMW 330e iPerformance, its closest rival. But when you factor in all the standard tech, the more potent performance, and the available all-wheel-drive system, the Q50 Hybrid makes a much better case for itself in this small but efficient segment.