The Q50 ratchets up the style by several notches over the G37; although it was assumed to be the replacement for the G37, that model will be sold alongside the Q50 for a couple more seasons.
Choose from a 328-horsepower V6 or a 3.5-liter V6 combined with an electric motor for a total of 360 horsepower; both operate with a seven-speed automatic transmission and each can be had in rear- or all-wheel-drive.
A new name and a slew of techno enhancements are the first clues that Infiniti’s Q50 sedan is something special. But buyers might be left feeling perplexed in the Q50′s case since the G37 sedan it was to have replaced this year will now remain in the fleet until mid 2015 when the all-new Q30 arrives. Concurrent with this decision, Infiniti has reduced the G37′s base price by $4,800 to $33,400. Visually, the Q50 is set apart by a hunkered-down stance that matches its sport-sedan status. A cabin that elevates tastefulness to a new level reaffirms the car’s luxury-vehicle cred. The Q50 runs with the same 328-horsepower V6 as the G37, however a new-for-2014 Q50 Hybrid combines a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with a 50-kilowatt electric motor (rated at 67 horsepower) to produce 360 total system horsepower. The Hybrid uses the same seven-speed automatic transmission as the regular Q50, as opposed to a less-than-sporting continuously variable unit found in most other hybrids. As well you can specify all-wheel-drive for the Hybrid, which is a feature not available in similarly propelled Lexus or Lincoln models. The Hybrid’s 346-volt lithium-ion battery pack that’s located behind the rear seat reduces available trunk space, but apart from the performance gain the Hybrid rates an impressive 29 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. By comparison, the gasoline-only Q50 earns a 20/30 rating. The Q50 arrives properly attired, however the Q50 Premium adds heated front seats, power moonroof and Bose’s 14-speaker “Studio on Wheels” audio system. Note that the Q50 Hybrid starts at the Premium trim level. The Q50S adds metal-trim accents, 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and brakes and a different front bumper.
Base price (incl. destination): $37,600
Type: Four-door sedan
Base engine (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (328)
Optional engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V6 (302)/50-kilowatt electric motor (360, net)
Layout: Front-engine, rear- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 20/30 (3.7)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction control; stability control
Weight (lb.): 3,650