Eric's Autos: 2018 Infiniti Q50
Infiniti's cars are not named well. Take the Q50 sedan, for instance. Neither the letter nor the number seem to stand for anything identifiable about the car. Besides, it just sounds bland and boring. The good news is the car's not.
What It Is
The Q50 is Infiniti's almost midsized/mid-priced luxury-sport sedan.
It's slightly less midsized on the outside than the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E Class -- both of which are a few inches longer overall. But the Q50 actually has a much roomier first row -- by about 3 inches -- and about the same room in its second row.
It also offers more engine -- for less money -- than they do.
Base price is $34,200 for the Pure trim with 2.0-liter engine and rear-wheel drive. Opting for all-wheel drive raises the price to $36,200.
The top trim is the Red Sport, which comes with a 400-horsepower version of the twin-turbo V-6, along with other driveline, brake and suspension upgrades, and a more visually aggressive exterior and interior look. It's also available with either RWD ($51,000) or AWD ($53,000).
Finally, there's the hybrid version, powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 (no turbo this time) paired with the usual electric motor/battery pack. It, too, is available in both rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
All trims receive minor exterior tweaks, most notably revised LED taillights similar to the Q60 coupe's, a more aggressive-looking lower front air dam/air intakes and a newly designed steering wheel with molded spots for your thumbs.