2018 Infiniti Q50 Buyer's Guide
Style and Performance without the Full European Premium
The Q50, Infiniti's small luxury sport sedan, is curvaceous and stylish, fun to drive and offers more features for the money than European competitors like the BMW 3 Series. The Infiniti Q50 benefits from a steady stream of improvements: it was recently updated with new engines, a new suspension system, revamped steering, and the introduction of the Q50 Red Sport. For 2018, the Q50's styling has been revised, and trim levels have been redefined as Pure, Luxe, Sport and Red Sport 400,
From our full review of the 2018 Infiniti Q50: "...the Q50 3.0t significantly overpowers its closest competitors with its 300-horsepower rating. In addition to the effortless and confidence-inspiring acceleration afforded by all that power, daily driving highlights include terrific seats and soft touchpoints that help create a palpable sense of luxury."
The Q50's base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with 208 horsepower and fuel economy of 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway. There's also a 3.0-liter turbo V6, with 300 horsepower; the V6-based hybrid choice; and, in the Q50 Red Sport, a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6.
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 as good as 27/32 mpg.
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Q50 Red Sport
Infiniti's Q50 Red Sport, the top-of-the-line Q50, is a 400-horsepower twin-turbo monster that offers high-speed performance with luxury-car refinement. Its rivals include the Audi S4, Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 and BMW M3 models. The Red Sport has sport brakes, sport suspension, a choice of two steering systems and unique styling cues. It's powerful and immensely fun to drive, and the cabin has soft-touch materials and a modern, crisp design.
For those who prefer 2-door cars, Infiniti's Q60 coupe has the same three gas engines and 7-speed automatic transmission as the Q50, in a sleek, streamlined shell.
Build and Price
The Q50 starts at about $35,000 and the Q50 Red Sport tops out beyond $62,000. Build and price your own 2018 Infiniti Q50 right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
The Infiniti Q50 is a solid choice that's easy to recommend, but you can find more comfortable, more fun to drive and more affordable options in the segment. Visit our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.
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