Even after ten years, Infiniti still hasn't been able to perfectly create a sports sedan with the Q50--a difficult task for any company.
Compared to its competitors, the Q50's cabin looks dated when you open the door. The BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class have better styling. However, the Q50 comes standard with a twin turbo V-6 while those other cars make do with only a turbo four engine. Even the sportiest Red Sport 400 model—which has a 400 hp version of the twin turbo V-6—isn't as athletic as we would like it to be..
If you're looking for a driver-centric entry-luxury sedan, we recommend checking out the Genesis G70, Kia Stinger, and the aforementioned Bimmer and Benz. The Q50 is ageing and in need of modernization.
The Q50s come equipped with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and your choice of rear or all wheel drive . Additionally, there are two engine options available: the standard 300 horsepower version or the performance Red Sport 400 that boasts 400 horses under the hood.
Regardless of engine output, paddle shifters are barely noticeable when in use. The Q50s we've experienced with 19-inch wheels had a jittery ride, but the base model's standard 18-inch wheels might fix that problem. Steering is light but not quick and infrequently offers feedback to the driver. Infiniti's optional Direct Adaptive Steering (drive-by-wire steering) is supposed to be great according to marketing materials, but it falls short compared to similar features from competitors.
Although the 2023 Q50 is very fuel efficient, it is not the most among its competitors. The best version gets an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway. We tested an all-wheel-drive Red Sport 400 model on our 75 mph highway route as part of our extensive testing process, and it beat its EPA rating by 1 with a 27 mpg result. However, rivals such as M340i and G70 that have turbocharged six cylinders are more efficient at highway speeds. To find out more about Q50's fuel economy please visit EPA's website
Even though Infiniti is a luxury brand, the Q50 interior doesn't make you feel like it. You would think that on more expensive models, there would be an improvement, but that's not the case. Not only does the interior design look dated, but also... The Q50 has average front-seat legroom compared to other brands in its class. When it comes to back-seat passengers however, they get shafted and have significantly less space than what's offered in other cars.
The Infiniti Q50 comes with some great features like a power-adjustable steering column, memory settings for the driver's seat, and leather upholstery. However, it falls short in other areas. It doesn't have a lot of storage space or enough useful cubbies. It may be comfortable for shorter trips but it isn't designed for long family vacations. With only 13 cubic feet of trunk volume, the Q50 can't hold as much as the 3-series or Stinger
What's new for the 2023 INFINITI Q50? While the INFINITI Q50 has not been completely redesigned for 2023, there are several updates and upgrades of note. The entry-level Luxe trim adds the availability of a sumptuous Saddle Brown leather interior.
We expect the 2022 Q50 will be much more reliable than the average new car. This prediction is based on data from 2019 models. Select the used car model year to see reported issues with those similar past models.
Infiniti isn't doing much to keep its last remaining sedan relevant. The 2023 Q50 is almost identical to last year's car, with the exception of adding a saddle-brown interior option on the base Q50 Luxe and an available illuminated grille badge for the top-spec Sensory model.
Your Q50 will adjust its engine, suspension, transmission, and steering settings to match your selection — and your mood. Move the Q50's needle with a hair-raising 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, as well as other sports styling upgrades, with the Red Sport 400 model.