2016 Infiniti Q50 Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on April 27, 2016 11:00 AM

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 receives a bevy of new features and updates for 2016, including new engines, a new suspension system and updated steering. There's also a new model, the Q50 Red Sport, that's primed to go up against competitors like the Audi S4, Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 and BMW M3 models.

Driving It

From our recent review of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport: "Refined and composed, the Q50 is eager to cater to the driver's whims. It beckons you to go faster, and the transmission complies as quickly as the engine does. Infiniti estimates that 0-60 times are in the mid-to-high 4-second range."

Engine Options

The Q50's base engine is an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with 208 horsepower and fuel economy of 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway. There's also a 3.0-liter turbo V6, with 300 horsepower, the hybrid choice and, in the Q50 Red Sport, a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6.

Hybrid Power

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 28/34 mpg.

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. 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.

2017 Infiniti Q60


For those who prefer 2-door cars, Infiniti's all-new Q60 coupe will go on sale as a 2017 model, with the same three gas engines and 7-speed automatic transmission as the Q50.

Build and Price

The Q50 starts under $35,000 and the Q50 Red Sport starts at about $51,000. The Hybrid Premium, which has a starting price of about $50,000, tops out beyond $52,000. Build and price your own 2016 Infiniti Q50 right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

The Competition

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.

Photo Gallery: Infiniti Q50 Inside and Out