2017 Infiniti Q50

Pros: Gutsy acceleration; high-tech infotainment and safety features; cabin quality; availability of all-wheel drive

Cons: Option packages are pricey; manual transmission isn’t available; so-so rear-seat space

CG Says: Infiniti Q50 gains a new 2.0t Sport model for 2017. The 2.0t Sport adds leather upholstery, sport suspension, and other features to the 2.0t Premium. Previously, the Sport model was only available with a 3.0-liter V6 in the 3.0t series. Q50 is a premium midsize sedan with standard rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. (Infiniti also offers a bigger Q70 premium midsize sedan.) The base engine is a 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Next up is a 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The high-performance engine is a version of turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 tuned to put out 400 horsepower in the Red Sport 400 model. The Hybrid model has a 3.5-liter V6/electric-motor powertrain that develops 360 hp. A 7-speed automatic is the lone transmission choice for all engines. Q50’s Technology highlights include dual touchscreens; Active Lane Assist, which uses cameras to detect if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane and automatically makes fine adjustments accordingly; and Direct Adaptive Steering, a multi-mode all-electric steering system than Infiniti says is quicker than other systems. The Q50 is an athletic premium midsize car that delivers class-competitive performance and luxury accommodations, along with available all-wheel drive in every variant. Not all of our testers are sold on the benefits of the Q50 Hybrid; our favorite Q50s are the non-hybrid Sport models.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Infiniti
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices 2.0t: $33,950
AWD 2.0t: $35,950
2.0t Premium: $38,400
AWD 2.0t Premium: $40,400
2.0t Sport: $42,300
AWD 2.0t Sport: $44,300
3.0t Premium: $40,650
AWD 3.0t Premium: $42,650
Sport: $44,650
AWD Sport: $46,650
Red Sport 400: $48,700
AWD Red Sport 400: $50,700
Hybrid Premium: $47,800
AWD Hybrid Premium: $49,800

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0t)
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (3.0t, Red Sport)
Horsepower
300 (400 in Red Sport 400)
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-29

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/electric (Hybrid)
Horsepower
360
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-32