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J.D. Power
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April 02, 2019
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Owned 11 months
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The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 is an attractive car that is highly dynamic and luxurious. The 400 HP V6 is powerful and the suspension and transmission features five drive modes from eco (I've averaged almost 30 MPH on long freeway drives) to sport+ (not so great mileage) to customized. The interior is quiet and luxurious with quilted leather seats with red contrast stitching that are heated. Not cooled, though. The stereo is Bose and very powerful to include a subwoofer. It is a high quality car that I've had no problems with. Most cars in this class are exceptional and this one is, it's hard to go wrong and I'm happy with the Infiniti Q50.
George
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February 22, 2019
6,000 miles
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Owned 10 months
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I really like my Infiniti Q50 because it has a sleek look. But more importantly it has a very comfortable interior. It has dual screens which allow me to see and control multiple things at once. It also has great handling for getting in and out of between cars smoothly since I am constantly in trafiic. The only feature I am not pleased with is the automatic window wipers since I feel they do not adjust appropriately according to the rain. Other than that minor feature, I love the car overall.
Mark
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February 18, 2019
7,800 miles
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Owned 5 months
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My new Q50 is still quite adequate although a reduction in horsepower from the previous model. Still handles beautifully and responds to handling like a European sportscar. Wonderful for street or highway driving.
Alex
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February 14, 2019
5,631 miles
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Owned 6 months
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I love my INFINITI Q50 2018. I have never considered it as my car of choice, but I was given a great deal on it and can't be more happier! The car is very safe and solid made. I prefer my wife to drive it, instead of her's, when I don't use it. At the same time, it looks remarkable! Materials are of a very good quality. It's extremely fun to drive it! When I did my research, I found out, that this car has the best combination of price and value in it's market! This is really the best car I ever owned.
JOHN
J.D. Power
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February 13, 2019
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This car performs at an extremely high level, the acceleration and handling are superb. I will definitely be looking at a new one next year.
Khanh
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February 12, 2019
7,000 miles
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Owned 4 months
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I have a 2018 infiniti q50s silver sport.The way this car drive is nice and smooth.It has the carbon fiber package trim,shift paddle,2 front camera,navigation,front lip to make it look sporty plus luxury.Overall i enjoy this vehicle.
Mary
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February 12, 2019
8,000 miles
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Owned 7 months
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Infiniti has outdone itself again with the design and quality of the Q50. The 3.0t model is quick off the line, without taking off traction control and putting it in Sport mode. The interior feels of high quality. A negative of this vehicle is the Infotainment touch screen. Always have to keep it clean otherwise the finger prints create a fog appearance. Overall a 9/10.
Anonymous
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February 12, 2019
5,500 miles
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Owned 8 months
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Unique Style, Performance with plenty of power but is still comfortable to take on long trips. A excellent touring sport sedan! A like short on storage trunk space.
James
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February 12, 2019
2,000 miles
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Owned 3 months
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The car has outstanding looks. The paint finish is excellent. Had car professionally detailed with ceramic coating. Was told the paint required no correction. The interior is well laid out and comfortable to drive. The handling is very sharp and responsive making it fun to drive. The 300 horsepower makes the car very quick.
Rick
May 08, 2018
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Had the Q50 Red Sport for 6 months & 9,000 miles. Love this vehicle. Very much fun to drive.
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Introduction

Abundantly equipped and available with a range of powertrains, including the powerful Red Sport version, the Infiniti Q50 sedan has been the most popular model from Nissan’s luxury division. Launched for 2014, it succeeded the G37. For the 2018 model year, modest exterior restyling and interior refinement are accompanied by a reshuffled trim-level lineup.

Front and rear fascia are new, tailored to each trim level.

The Q50 Pure has replaced the prior base model, available only with Infiniti’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Luxe replaces the Premium version, offered with either the 2.0-liter four, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, or in Hybrid form with a V6 gasoline engine. The Sport model gets stylish trim and a standard V6, while the Red Sport continues with a 400-horsepower rendition of the V6.

The 2.0-liter turbo four makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 comes two ways: rated 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet in regular models, escalating to 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet in Red Sport 400 tune. The Q50 Hybrid uses a combination of 3.5-liter V6 and 67-horsepower electric motor, with total system output of 360 horsepower.

Each engine mates with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

Pure and Luxe models get specific appearance details. The Sport and Red Sport 400 look somewhat more aggressive. New 18- and 19-inch wheels vary with the model.

Neither federal regulators nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have tested the 2018 Q50. The IIHS gave the 2017 model Good ratings for side and moderate front overlap collisions.

A suite of advanced active-safety systems is available. Included are adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Some safety systems require purchase of Direct Adaptive Steering, which gets a mixed review.

Distance Control Assist, if installed, can maintain a safe distance to the car in front, when the driver lets up on the gas pedal. If that vehicle is slowing or stopped, DCA will maintain a safe gap or, if appropriate, bring the Q50 to a full stop.

In addition to option packages, the Q50 is available with plenty of advanced technology to supplement its ample list of standard equipment in each trim level.

Model Lineup

The 2018 Infiniti Q50 2.0t Pure ($34,200) gets the 2.0-liter turbo four and rear-wheel drive, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, LED headlights, drive mode selector, leatherette-upholstered power front seats, 8.0- and 7.0-inch infotainment screens, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, and six-speaker audio. 2.0t Luxe ($36,550) adds a moonroof, maple wood trim, and 18-inch sport wheels. Two option packages are available. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

All-wheel drive is optional ($2,000) for all models. Front-wheel drive is standard.

3.0t Luxe ($38,950) upgrades with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6.

3.0t Sport ($40,650) includes more aggressive appearance details, 19-inch run-flat tires, and aluminum interior trim. Leather-upholstered seats include thigh extensions.

Red Sport 400 ($51,000) upgrades to a 400-horsepower version of the 3.0-liter V6. Included are navigation, paddle shifters, aluminum pedals, staggered 19-inch wheels, a surround-view camera, quilted leather, and a heated steering wheel.

Hybrid Luxe ($50,600) is equipped similar to 2.0t Luxe, but substitutes a battery/gasoline powertrain with 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Walkaround

Among the best-looking sedans in its category, the Q50 gets modest revisions for the 2018 model year. Most of its luscious curves remain, and the Q50 looks more stylish as well as assertive.

Visually, Pure and Luxe sedans look significantly different from a Sport version. Pure and Luxe feature chrome accents, with smaller aerodynamic elements. Foglamp surrounds are smaller, and the exhaust surround is body-colored.

Sport and Red Sport 400 editions substitute dark chrome for the usual brightwork. The front chin spoiler is bigger has grown. Exhaust surrounds are black.

Interior

New interior touches for 2018 increase Q50 refinement. Changes are mild but numerous, raising the levels of quality and luxury.

The new steering wheel features more attractive detailing, with slimmer spokes. Ambient lighting and instrument-cluster illumination have been updated. Leather covers the stitched dashboard.

One weakness may be the center stack, which still lacks visual appeal. A twin-screen infotainment system nearly fills the stack, flanked by two groups of piano-black buttons.

Front occupants can savor excellent, impressively comfortable ΓÇ£zero gravityΓÇ¥ seats. Seat cushioning strikes an appealing balance between sink-in soft and usefully firm. Red Sport 400 models add attractive quilted, semi-aniline leather.

Headroom is a concern in the back seat, but legroom is fully acceptable. Trunk space is substantial, totaling 18 cubic feet.

A Q50 is quiet and composed, with only slight wind noise. Engine and tire sounds are seldom heard.

Driving Impressions

Basically, the Q50 maintains satisfying balance between ride comfort and handling prowess. The body behaves predictably through curves, but steering does feel somewhat disconnected from the pavement. Sport-minded drivers might feel that this sedan provides too much coddling.

Rough spots are effectively dealt with by the suspension, keeping Q50 occupants isolated from most road-surface flaws.

Optional Direct Adaptive Steering, a steer-by-wire system, can be problematical. Feedback via the steering wheel is virtually nonexistent. Sport+ mode does inject a modest sense of heft, but fails to inspire confidence. DAS feels jumpy, making repeated small corrections mandatory.

All three engines are stronger than their likeliest rivals. In the Red Sport 400, the potent V6 feels effortless throughout its speed range. Starting off from a stop, turbo lag is minimal. The 400-horsepower V6 also emits a vibrant exhaust sound.

Smooth and relaxed in daily driving, the 7-speed transmission keeps engine speed under close control. Response suffers when accelerating harder. Even in the Red Sport, upshifts are too leisurely.

Stressing performance above economy, the Q50 isn’t especially fuel-efficient. With rear-drive and the turbo four, the 2018 Q50 is EPA-rated at 23/30 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops the estimate slightly, to 22/28/24 mpg.

With rear-drive, the V6-powered Luxe and Sport are EPA-rated at 20/29 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. All-wheel-drive versions are EPA-rated at 19/27/22 mpg. The 400-horsepower Red Sport 400 with rear-drive is rated at 20/26/22 mpg. All-wheel drive reduces the city rating to 19 mpg.

With rear-drive, the Hybrid is EPA-rated at 27/32 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops that estimate to 26/30/28 mpg.

Summary

The refreshed Q50 is still a beautiful example of the premium sedan, with an impressively updated cabin. Yet, it doesn’t quite measure up to premium German competitors. Three engines are available, but only one promises fuel-efficient motoring. Enthusiasts might fault Q50 handling, but other premium-sedan buyers may be more attracted to its luscious shape.

Driving impressions by Brandon Turkus, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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