2018 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 has refreshed exterior and interior styling for 2018. Infiniti also revised its model names. The range now is comprised of base PURE, luxury LUXE, sporty SPORT, and high-performance RED SPORT 400. SPORT models are no longer offered with the 2.0-liter 4-cylnder engine. 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. Other available features include LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking, and surround-view camera. 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 PURE: $35,105
AWD 2.0t PURE: $37,105
2.0t LUXE: $37,455
AWD 2.0t LUXE: $39,455
3.0t LUXE: $39,855
AWD 3.0t LUXE: $41,855
3.0t SPORT: $41,555
AWD 3.0t SPORT: $43,555
RED SPORT 400: $51,905
AWD RED SPORT 400: $53,905
Hybrid LUXE: $51,505
AWD Hybrid LUXE: $53,505

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0t)
Horsepower
208
Std. Transmission
7-speed aurtomatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28-30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (3.0t, RED SPORT)
Horsepower
300 (400 in RED SPORT)
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)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

2018 INFINITI Q50
2018 Infiniti Q50
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - 5
100%

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