2015 INFINITI Q50

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Key Specs

of the 2015 INFINITI Q50. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • Generous standard horsepower
  • Two touch-screens
  • No capacitive buttons
  • Hybrid option
  • Many active-safety features

The Bad

  • Stick shift eliminated
  • Standard steering is too light
  • Expensive option packages

Notable Features of the 2015 INFINITI Q50

  • Hybrid model
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • Steering-by-wire option

What Is the 2015 Infiniti Q50?

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 is a compact luxury sedan with seating for five, succeeding the G37 in mildly updated form. The Q50 competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS. It's available in three trim levels: Base, Premium and Sport. All trims are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Q50 Hybrid is covered separately.

What's New on the 2015 Infiniti Q50?

Besides eliminating the stick shift, there are no significant changes for the 2015 model year.

How Does the 2015 Infiniti Q50 Compare to Other Luxury Sedans?

The Infiniti Q50 builds on the already successful G37 with its sportiness, comfort and sophistication. It beats the ATS, IS 350 and Acura TL for front and rear headroom, the Caddy and Acura for front legroom and the Cadillac and Lexus for rear legroom.

What Features on the 2015 Infiniti Q50 Are Most Important?

The Infiniti Q50 is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 328 horsepower and is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Direct Adaptive Steering is available.

Significant standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated power mirrors, front fog lights, a rear window defroster, automatic temperature control and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Available amenities include a power moonroof, memory seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

As is required on all new vehicles, the Infiniti Q50 includes front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtains are also standard. Available safety features include forward collision warning, blind spot warning, automatic emergency braking, backup collision intervention, lane departure prevention and active lane control.

Should I Buy the 2015 Infiniti Q50?

The Q50 has a lot to offer when it comes to interior quality, horsepower and safety amenities. However, the stick shift has been eliminated for this model year, the standard steering is too light and the option packages are a bit pricey.

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2015 INFINITI Q50 Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Q50 replaced Infiniti's G37 compact sedan. The change reflects Infiniti's new naming convention — all c... Read More

2015 Q50 Video

Editor's note: This review was done in January 2013 about the 2014 Infiniti Q50. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

Latest 2015 Q50 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Looks expensive, feels expensive, isn?t expensive.

by B from Dallas, TX on August 22, 2018

Great vehicle so far, love the different drive modes and the styling. Only, and I mean only, thing I?m not crazy about is that you don?t need to pull the lever on the shifter to go from D to N, it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car ever

by Edgar-Tolleson from TOLLESON on August 12, 2018

This car met all my needs. From being very economic to provide the safe and comfort needed. Its unique style remakes it's own presence anywhere I go. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 INFINITI Q50 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 INFINITI Q50 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by INFINITI

Program Benefits

Free Carfax report and 3 Year CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, first year basic maintenance, SiriusXM 3-Month trial, Infiniti Elite Extended Protection Plan available, 24-hour roadside assistance, lockout assistance, repair at authorized Infiniti dealerships or facilities and Infiniti courtesy vehicle.

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / Unlimited mileage warranty

    Vehicles < 15K miles: 6 Yr./75K mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles: 6 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles and outside new vehicle warranty: 2 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from CPO sale date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point vehicle inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q50 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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