2021 Infiniti Q50

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2021 Infiniti Q50 Review: Objects May Appear Closer Than They Actually Are

If you can't afford something as grand as a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, then the premium division of Nissan has a compelling alternative for you. The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is a luxury, midsize sedan that presents you with an upscale interior and a capable twin-turbo V6 engine that develops between 300 and 400 horsepower, depending on trim. While it may be true that the Q50 sedan can't quite match the same levels of opulent luxury or straight-up performance of its German rivals, the fact that it comes threateningly close as a much more palatable price is commendable and bodes well for shoppers who want a taste of the good life without breaking the bank. By adding a new trim level to the range, Infiniti has closed the gap even further, but will it be enough to draw away some fence-sitters?

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2021 Infiniti Q50 Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Q50?

The new model year sees the addition of a new head-turner in the first-generation 2021 Infiniti Q50 range. Called the Sensory, this model sports unique front and rear bumpers, 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and a Bose sound system. The upper trims have also been updated, with everything above the Luxe receiving adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning being added to the standard features. New color options for the exterior include Slate Gray and Grand Blue.

Pros and Cons

  • Looks incredible from the outside
  • Impressive twin-turbo V6
  • Available with both RWD or AWD
  • Comfortable interior and spacious cabin
  • Surprisingly practical trunk
  • Not as luxurious or high-quality as rivals
  • Ride comfort is suboptimal
  • Starting to look outdated on the inside

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2021 Infiniti Q50 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0t Pure
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,700
3.0t Luxe
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$41,800
3.0t Sensory
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$47,700
Red Sport 400
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$55,850

Q50 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 189.6 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Height 57.2 in
  • Max Width 71.8 in
  • Front Width 60.8 in
  • Rear Width 61.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,685.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Graphite Shadow
  • Black Obsidian
  • Pure White
  • Midnight Black
  • Grand Blue
  • Majestic White
  • Dynamic Sunstone Red
  • Slate Gray

Q50 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Each vehicle in the range gets some form of the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder gas engine. On all but the Red Sport 400, this power plant develops 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty for a car this size. It's also remarkably accessible at the lower rev range. This makes town driving a breeze, with more than enough grunt left over for passing on the highway. It sounds good too, though not as great as more performance-oriented competitors like the Alfa Romeo Giulia. While neither motor is particularly fuel-efficient, this is the one to go for if you care about such things.

Living up to its name, the Red Sport 400 has access to an additional 100 hp and a total of 350 lb-ft. This allows it to keep up with the best of them, sprinting from 0-60 mph in a brisk 4.5 seconds. But, while it may be able to match figures with top rivals, it doesn't offer the same level of engagement or that whiplash-inducing thrill. Regardless of the powertrain you opt for, you'll always get a smooth-shifting 7-speed automatic transmission, though the Sensory and Red Sport models add a set of paddle shifters. Both rear- and all-wheel drivetrains are available across the board.

  • Engine
    3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Q50 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 20/29 mpg
* 2021 Infiniti Q50 3.0t PURE RWD

Q50 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 44.5 in
  • Front Head Room 40.2 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.5 in

Q50 Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    13.2 ft³

Q50 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Infiniti Q50 a good car?

Like many of the 'budget' premium cars out there, the 2021 Q50 is an interesting, albeit flawed offering. While it may lack the sophisticated refinement and technological splendor of the more established German brands, it manages to keep up in terms of power and performance, at least on paper. The US safety authority reviews of the 2021 Infiniti Q50 also return favorable results, with the IIHS awarding it a safety rating of Good in most categories. The NHTSA hasn't taken a look, but several issued recalls do make us wonder about its reliability.

These quibbles aside, the Q50 has a lot going for it - more than just a very capable powertrain. It looks the part with suave exterior aesthetics, and the interior is comfortable, if a little behind the times. You get all the essentials when it comes to safety tech, too. Sadly, doing just enough to get by in this segment isn't sufficient to draw attention away from the premium giants like Mercedes and BMW. True, you have to pay a bit more, but you get better quality, a more engaging drive, and a lot more features for the investment. Infiniti is certainly getting better with its 4-door luxury sedan, but it isn't ready to dethrone the kings yet.

๐Ÿš—What Infiniti Q50 Model Should I Buy?

There are several trims to choose from in the Q50 sedan range, but we'd keep things simple. The Luxe gets all the additional safety features added this year and rolls on smaller 18-inch wheels that don't upset the ride too much. It still looks just as good, and gets the power sunroof for an extra splash of leisure. The price of the 2021 Infiniti Q50 sedan in base guise is $36,600 going up to $41,700 for the Luxe, but you can add AWD for $2,000 if needed. This further allows you to add the Seat and Sound Package for leather upholstery and the 16-speaker Bose sound system. It's a little pricey at $2,500, but it does feel and sound really nice.

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