Pros: Gutsy acceleration; new high-tech infotainment and safety features; cabin quality; availability of hybrid model and all-wheel drive; smooth, strong V6 engine
Cons: Option packages are pricey; manual transmission no longer available; so-so rear-seat space
CG Says: Nissan’s luxury division has revamped its model names for 2014; all Infiniti cars now carry a “Q” prefix and all SUVs start with “QX.” The 2014 Q50 was formerly known as the G37 Sedan; the G37 Coupe and Convertible are now called Q60. The Q60 Coupe and Convertible carry on with the previous-generation design for 2014, but the Q50 is redesigned. Highlights of the new model include a Hybrid version; 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’s 328-horsepower V6 engine is largely carried over from the G37, but the new Hybrid model gets a 3.5-liter V6/electric-motor powertrain that puts out 354 hp. A 7-speed automatic is the lone transmission choice for both engines.