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#9

in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $37,150 - $45,450
Invoice: $34,550 - $42,269
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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Infiniti Q50 Review

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 ranks 9 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Infiniti Q50, as well as reliability and safety data.

While it may not be the most athletic sport sedan, reviewers say the all-new Infiniti Q50 has a powerful engine and a refined, high-tech interior.

The Q50 sedan is the successor to the G37 sedan, and comes with a V6 engine, which test drivers say provides ample power and swift acceleration. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, and most test drivers say that it offers quick shifts that are smooth and refined. However, a few say that the Infiniti Q50 would feel sportier if the transmission shifted even more quickly. The 2014 Q50 gets an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a V6-powered upscale midsize car. Still, four-cylinder cars like the BMW 320i and the base Audi A4 use considerably less fuel. Reviewers say that the all-new Q50 offers a comfortable ride and capable handling, though some note that it’s not quite as athletic as the BMW 3-Series or Cadillac ATS. An adaptive steering system is optional, and while it allows drivers to fine tune steering effort and the Q50’s turning radius, the bulk of test drivers say that the system feels artificial and disconnected from the road. As a result, some reviewers recommend sticking with the more conventional base steering system.

Automotive writers note that the 2014 Infiniti Q50’s cabin is well-built with soft-touch surfaces and premium materials that include aluminum or wood trim. Most also approve of the Q50’s interior styling, but a handful of reviewers say that it looks a bit plain compared with the cabins of newer rivals in the class. Most auto writers say that the Q50’s front seats are spacious, supportive and comfortable, and that the Q50’s second row is roomy enough for adult passengers to be comfortable. Still, a few note that tall back-seat passengers may need a bit more headroom. The 2014 Q50 comes with a competitive set of standard features for the class, and most auto writers say that its new dual-screen infotainment system is high-tech and easy to use. A backup camera, heated front seats, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite and HD Radio and Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system come standard on the 2014 Infiniti Q50. Available features include a moonroof, adaptive cruise control and a 14-speaker Bose sound system, as well as blind spot warning, forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems.

  • "When the Q50 debuted at last January's Detroit auto show, it looked overstyled as it rotated under the bright display lights. Now that we've driven it in real life, we rather like it." -- Automobile Magazine   
  • "While we were lukewarm about the adaptive steering system under performance-oriented driving conditions like twisty roads, we found it to otherwise operate smoothly without drawing too much attention to itself. Overall, the Q50's blend of brawn and beauty make it a fresh, attractively priced alternative to its competitors." -- AutoTrader  
  • "The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan is a fitting successor to the popular G37 it will eventually replace; its boundless power, athletic road manners and elegant interior raise the bar in the class." -- Cars.com  
  • "There's a lot of really good work in the Q50, particularly if you're judicious with the options list. It's well priced, attractive and fun-to-drive if you don't bring along the high-tech nannies." -- Autoblog  

Other Cars to Consider

The Acura TL comes standard with a powerful V6 engine that reviewers love, and like the Q50, it offers more standard features than many cars in the class. The TL also impresses test drivers with its upscale interior.

Test drivers say that the Cadillac ATS is one of the best-handling sedans in the class, and that it offers strong brakes and a comfortable ride. The ATS is also available with three powertrain choices, which include a turbo four and a V6 that reviewers say are powerful and refined.

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Details: 2014 Infiniti Q50

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan is the successor to the G37 sedan, seats five and has standard rear-wheel drive. A 3.7-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The Q50 is available in base, Premium and Sport trims. The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Infiniti Q50 is an all-new model for 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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