2018 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid


$50,600 - $52,600
2018 INFINITI Q50

Pros

  • Turbocharged V6 engines pack plenty of power and excitement
  • Many high-tech entertainment and safety features come standard
  • For a small luxury sedan, offers a pretty roomy trunk

Cons

  • Interior design is showing its age in the face of more modern rivals
  • Infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as many others

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Features & Specs

Hybrid LUXE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A)Hybrid LUXE 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A)
Starting MSRP$50,600$52,600
MPG2928
Seating55
Transmission7-speed shiftable automatic7-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelhybridhybrid
HorsepowerN/AN/A

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Q50 safety features:

Backup Collision Intervention

Automatically hits the brakes if an object enters the path or if an approaching car is detected when the vehicle is backing up.
Around View Monitor

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover5/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.7%

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    G
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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The 2018 Infiniti Q50 has an unenviable task. It needs to convince you that it's as good as a handful of established European luxury sedans that both garner critical acclaim and dominate the sales charts. It's also up against a handful of other competitors from every corner of the world, all vying for the attention of drivers seeking an alternative to what everyone else buys.

The Q50 remains a value-rich choice, boasting more power and equipment for the money than those European 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 settle for cookie-cutter design.

It also provides compelling performance. Indeed, the Q50 offers a unique selection of engines, each representing a clear performance step up from the last. There's the base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 208 horsepower. It returns 26 mpg combined. Next up is the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that  produces 300 hp. It gets 23 mpg combined.

An enhanced version of that V6 produces 400 hp in the Red Sport model and returns 22 mpg combined. All feature a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option.

Another powerplant option is the Q50 Hybrid, which pairs a 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor for a total of 360 hp. The hybrid choice returns 29 mpg combined, 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 adaptive steering system, which provides a disconcertingly unnatural feel.

Whatever the 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 Luxe and Sport trims step things up with features such as a sunroof, upgraded tires, 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. Less refined than some of its competitors and a bit older, the Q50 isn't the most modern pick or the cushiest ride. It's not quite the precision instrument that its traditional German rivals might be, but on the other hand, it packs plenty of brash power and aggression. It's more American pony car than autobahn missile. You'll probably be happy with it, but there's a good chance you'd be happier with one of the others, provided you can swallow the price tag. Whether it's the Q50 or another choice, Edmunds is here to help you find that perfect car.

2018 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Overview

The 2018 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Hybrid LUXE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A), and Hybrid LUXE 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A).

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