2018 Infiniti Q50

The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is a midsize luxury sedan that has a starting MSRP of $35,200. Combining a blend of sportiness and luxury, the Q50 places a major focus on technology and offers a suite of convenience and safety features.  With the availability of a base 4-cylinder engine, a sensible hybrid, and a powerful 6-cylinder engine, the Q50 appeals to a wide swath of buyers. Less opulent and refined than competition from Mercedes-Benz and  less dynamic than offerings from BMW, the Q50 squares off closest with the Acura TLX and Volvo S60 in terms of price and value proposition.

Pros: Available All-Wheel-Drive, Available Hybrid, Clean Exterior Design, Loaded With Technology

Cons: Less Overall Finesse Than Some Competitors, Interior Design Lacks Opulance

Looks Best In: Pure White exterior/Graphite interior

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Competition: Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS, BMW 3 Series

Safety Score: The 2018 Infiniti Q50 received a “Good” rating for side crash worthiness from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it has not undergone testing for the front small overlap test.

Summary: The 2018 Infiniti Q50 fills the rather small gap in the sedan market between optioned-out mainstream choices like  the Toyota Camry XSE and smaller but more proper luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. With an attractive starting price, the Q50 can present itself well to a buyer looking to move out of the mainstream and have a more premium driving experience without breaking the bank. More discerning shoppers seeking a truly over-the-top experience will need to pony up for a C-Class or 3 Series.

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