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Editors' Page: 2014 Infiniti Q50

By KBB.com Editors on December 6, 2013 11:41 AM
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Style and performance without the full European premium. 

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is the all-new, third-generation version of the small luxury sport sedan previously known as the Infiniti G37 (which is still being sold alongside its Q50 replacement, for now). Infiniti's entry remains one of the most stylish cars in the class, fun to drive and offers more features for the money than European competitors like the BMW 3 Series. It's a combination that earned the 2014 Infiniti Q50 a spot on our list of the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000.

Driving It

From our 2014 Infiniti Q50 full review: "We've always been pleased with any Infiniti vehicle powered by the company's 3.7-liter V6, and the Q50 is no exception. More interesting is the 3.5-liter V6 teamed to an electric motor in the Q50 Hybrid. With a combined output of 360 horsepower, this is one hybrid that won't become the punch line of anti-environmentalist jokes." Read more.

Hybrid Power

As noted above, the Infiniti Q50 is available with a 360-horsepower gas-electric hybrid powertrain that launches the car to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and delivers excellent city/highway fuel economy of 29/36 mpg, according to Infiniti. Those are impressive figures, especially when considering the category's only other hybrid, the BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid, is both less powerful (335 horsepower) and less efficient (25/33 mpg).

Build and Price

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 starts under $38,000 and tops out beyond $55,000. Build and price your own Q50 right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Coupe Cousin

While the Q50's predecessor, the Infiniti G, was available in sedan, coupe and convertible versions, the switch in naming convention also comes with the separation of sedan and two-door versions into distinct nameplates: Q50 and Q60. But while the Q50 is an all-new car altogether, for now the Q60 is simply a re-badged, carryover version of the same G37 coupe and convertible we've known for years. 

Owners' Opinions

Sid from Maryland had this to say: "We own the Hybrid S Q50 and boy oh boy, does this car rock. It is fast, sleek looking, curb appeal to the max, and great on gas efficiency. We get close to 33 MPG Highway and 30 city." Read more Infiniti Q50 consumer reviews.

The Competition

The Infiniti Q50 is a solid choice that's easy to recommend, but you can find a more comfortable, more fun to drive or more affordable small luxury sport sedans if you've got a particular focus.

 

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