In 2014, the Q50 replaced the G37 as Infiniti's entry-level, compact sedan. Hybrid and four-cylinder variants have come and gone, leaving the Q50 with V6 power uncommon as a standard offering in the class.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
Following last year's elimination of a four-cylinder engine, Infiniti adds a new Pure base model to the all-V6 lineup.
Infiniti sells the Q50 in Pure, Signature Edition, Sport, and I-Line Red Sport trims. All use a 3.0L V6 engine, with Red Sport getting a more powerful version of it. All-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard in all Q50 models.
Pure trim exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic on/off LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights and taillights, welcome lighting, and passive keyless entry.
Inside, the Q50 Pure gets leatherette upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, push-button engine start, Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, a dual-screen infotainment system, a heated/tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, A six-speaker stereo with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two USB outlets.
Safety kit includes tire pressure monitoring and forward collision detection with automatic braking.
Signature Edition trim adds 19-inch wheels and tires, a sunroof, a sport front bumper, chrome front fascia trim, sport seats with leather upholstery/thigh extension, driver's power lumbar and torso bolster, aluminum trim, remote engine start, a garage door opener, navigation, a split-folding rear seat, eco pedal, and automatic collision notification.
Sport model brings Infiniti's electronic direct adaptive steering, dynamic digital suspension, sport brakes with silver calipers, paddle shifters, auto-leveling/adaptive headlights, a 16-speaker stereo, lane departure warning, and lane departure prevention with blind spot intervention.
I-Line Red Sport builds on Signature trim, adding a noisier exhaust, dynamic digital suspension, sport brakes, a rear decklid spoiler, semi-aniline quilted leather upholstery, and dark chrome exterior trim.
Signature Edition can be optioned with a ProAssist package of blind spot monitoring, backup collision intervention, 360-degree exterior camera views, front and rear parking sensors, exterior ground lighting, and trim-specific exterior body pieces.
An I-Line Red Sport ProActive package brings black exterior trim, ground lighting, auto-leveling/adaptive headlights, blind spot warning, backup collision intervention, and 360-degree exterior camera views.
Infiniti's fuel consumption estimates for the Q50 are 12.5/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway) for standard cars, and 12.5/9.3 in Red Sport variants.
Infiniti's decision to go all six-cylinder in the Q50 sets the car apart from most of its competitors. Other small upscale sedans, like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Lexus IS, Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Volvo S60, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Cadillac CT4 start out (or are offered exclusively) with four-cylinder power.
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