2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400
2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Q50 does Edmunds recommend?
The 2017 Infiniti Q50 with the 3.0t engine delivers strong performance and comes with more luxurious features. Its price is reasonable, too. Choosing between the Premium or Sport trim will depend on your driving style, but many of the Sport's features can be added as options. If nothing else, going with the Premium gives you a little more flexibility. The options aren't exorbitantly priced, but they are bundled in large packages. We were rather unimpressed with the last Q50 Hybrid we evaluated, but recent changes may have addressed some of the issues we encountered.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2017 Infiniti Q50 is up against some very accomplished competitors in the luxury sport sedan class. But for those looking to buck the trend, the Q50 represents a viable alternative, delivering strong performance, plenty of features and a competitive price.
The 2017 Q50's interior design is showing its age — it is very similar to the G37 sedan that it replaced a few years ago — but the use of quality materials and sturdy construction keep it in favorable territory. That said, the competing Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have all undergone more recent and significant redesigns, pushing them to the front of the class and perhaps taking the Q50 down a few notches. As a result, we suggest checking out all of the offerings in this competitive class.
As with many of its rivals, the Q50 is offered in more luxurious or sporty trims and with a choice of engines. There's also a hybrid model, but we need to evaluate it ourselves to see if it's been improved enough to escape the disappointment we experienced with a previous version.
2017 INFINITI Q50 configurations
The Infiniti Q50 is a luxury sport sedan with seating for five. It is available in four main trim levels: the 2.0t with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque); the 3.0t with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (300 hp, 295 lb-ft); the more powerful Red Sport 400 that uses the same V6 engine (400 hp, 350 lb-ft); and the Q50 Hybrid model that uses a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 50-kW electric engine (combined 360 hp). A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission available, but buyers can choose between rear- and all-wheel drive.
In addition to the main trim choices, there are further variants. The main two are Sport and Premium, but there's also a base model for the 2.0t.
The 2.0t base model's feature highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, twin touchscreen displays (8-inch upper and 7-inch lower), and a six-speaker CD player with two USB ports and satellite radio.
The 2.0t Premium and 3.0t Premium trims add a sunroof, a 16-speaker Bose premium surround-sound system and an advanced air filtration system. On top of these items, the 2.0t Sport and 2.0t Sport AWD trims include wider 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, auto-dimming outside mirrors, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, magnesium paddle shifters mounted to the steering column, leather upholstery, manual thigh extensions for the front seats, power lumbar and side bolster adjustments for the driver, driver-seat memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and 60/40-split folding rear seats. The 3.0t Sport trim is similarly equipped and adds an adaptive suspension. The Red Sport 400 also gets the suspension upgrade as well as wider rear tires (but not for AWD models) and, of course, red brake calipers.
The Hybrid Premium includes most of the Premium trim features and adds 19-inch wheels, the auto-dimming mirrors, an adaptive steering system, remote ignition, the sport-tuned suspension, a power-adjustable and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, driver-seat lumbar adjustments, a navigation system, Infiniti InTouch emergency telematics and wood interior trim. Also included are advanced safety features such as a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. The folding rear seats are not available.
Most features are available on supporting models in bundled option packages. Other add-ons include adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, a lane departure warning and prevention system, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and interior upgrades such as premium leather upholstery and wood accents.
2014 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan (3.7L V6; 7-speed automatic)
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Infiniti Q50 has received some revisions to its engines, transmission, suspension and steering. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Q50, however.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use3.0
Getting in/getting out4.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Q50 safety features:
- Backup Collision Intervention
- Extra assurance when backing up. The Q50 automatically hits the brakes if an object enters the path or if an approaching car is detected.
- Around View Monitor
- It takes the guesswork out of maneuvering in tight spaces by giving you a view of the car from above.
- Forward Emergency Braking
- Warns if traffic ahead is slowing (even two cars ahead) and will apply the brakes if you don't act in time.
Let's be honest: The 2017 Infiniti Q50 has an uphill battle on its hands. It has to draw attention away from a trio of German-made luxury sedans that dominate both critical acclaim and the sales charts. It's also up against a handful of other would-be competitors from every corner of the world, all vying for the hard-earned dollars of those seeking an alternative to what everyone else buys. So, how does it do?
Well, the Q50 remains a value-rich choice, boasting more power and equipment for the money than those German rivals. At the same time, its uniquely curvaceous styling won't be confused for anything else, meaning that just because you're cost-conscious doesn't mean you have to get something cookie-cutter or drab.
It also provides compelling performance. Indeed, the Q50 offers a unique selection of engines, each providing a clear performance step-up from the last. There's the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It returns 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway). Next up is the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It gets 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway). An enhanced version of that V6 produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft in the Red Sport model and returns 22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway). All feature a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option. Choosing it does result in a slight fuel economy reduction.
Another powerplant option is the Q50 Hybrid, which pairs a 3.5-liter V6 with a 50-kW electric engine for 360 hp. The hybrid choice returns 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway), which obviously is a fuel-economy improvement. Its powertrain is prone to unsettling and unpredictable lurches, and the brakes suffer from a lack of smoothness and stability. It also comes standard with Infiniti's drive-by-wire Direct Active Steering system, which provides a disconcertingly unnatural feel.
Regardless of engine choice, the Q50 comes with a compelling amount of equipment for the money: LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, two USB ports and Infiniti's dual-touchscreen interface come standard on all models. The Sport trims available with each engine step things up with upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, metal shift paddles, leather upholstery and sportier seats with adjustable bolsters. The typical assortment of comfort, convenience and safety tech features are available as options.
Certainly, that features-for-your-buck attribute is a main reason to consider the Q50. Ultimately, however, it underwhelms in comparison to many competitors. It's hard to pinpoint problem areas, but it's also hard to identify those areas in which it excels. It's very much middle-of-the-road: You'll probably be happy with it, but there's a good chance you'd be happier with one of the many other luxury sedans. Whether it's the Q50 or another choice, Edmunds is here to help you find that perfect car.
2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 Overview
The 2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 is offered in the following styles: Red Sport 400 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A), and Red Sport 400 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A).
What do people think of the 2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400?
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 INFINITI Q50?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
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