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Infiniti Q50 Review

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 ranks 12 out of 17 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.

A few reviewers say the infotainment system in the 2015 Infiniti Q50 is perplexing, but critics like the car's attractive interior and responsive handling.

The standard V6 engine in the 2015 Q50 provides outstanding acceleration, test drivers say. Most of them find the Q50's standard seven-speed automatic transmission changes gears easily. At an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway, the Q50's fuel economy isn't bad compared to other six-cylinder upscale midsize cars. Critics like the Q50's spry handling, powerful brakes and comfortable ride. It is available with Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) system, which lets you customize steering settings, but critics recommend sticking with the standard steering system, which they say doesn’t feel as numb.

Test drivers applaud the elegant interior materials, solid build and stylish design of the 2015 Infiniti Q50. They say the cabin is quiet at speed, and that the front seats are roomy and comfortable. Some say the rear seats are spacious enough for 6-foot occupants, while others note that tall passengers may lack sufficient headroom. Standard features in the 2015 Q50 include Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, push-button start, a rearview camera and Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, which features dual touch screens. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist and Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the vehicle to ease parking maneuvers. The dual-screen infotainment system earns praise from a few reviewers for its redundant audio and climate controls and intuitive on-screen menus, but others think it’s difficult to figure out which screen controls which features.

  • "The 2015 Infiniti Q50 strengths are its handling and power, its interior luxury and comfort, and its very reasonable price when compared to other luxury brands." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, the Q50's blend of brawn and beauty make it a fresh, attractively priced alternative to its competitors." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Details: 2015 Infiniti Q50

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 sedan seats five and comes in Q50, Q50 Premium and Q50S trims. A 3.7-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Infiniti Q50 was all-new last year and sees few changes for 2015, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/15/15

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