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2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid

$15,821 — $27,009 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
28-31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Stick shift eliminated
2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid
  • All new compact replaces G37
  • New hybrid model
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Seven speed automatic
  • Steering-by-wire option
  • Upgraded interior

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Q50 replaces Infiniti's G37 compact sedan. The change reflects Infiniti's new naming convention — all cars will be Q and all SUVs QX, each with a number to reflect their size and place in the lineup rather than their engine size. But the Q50 has some dramatic changes of its own, including new styling and technology, a hybrid version and the regrettable discontinuation of a manual transmission.

The Q50 competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS.

Exterior
The Q50 is a complete redesign, but its wheelbase is identical to the outgoing G37's. The Q50 is 2 inches wider while overall length is marginally longer, and the height is down less than a half inch. The look is radically different, mimicking the larger M37 sedan. Infiniti says the car's coefficient of drag is a remarkably low 0.26, which is in league with some of the slipperiest hybrids and other high-efficiency vehicles on the market.

The car has standard LED headlights, running lights and taillights. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, and 19-inchers come on the Sport trim level, which also has a more aggressive front-end design.

Interior
The cabin marks an upgrade over an interior that had grown outdated in the G sedan. Motifs range from more conservative, with maple trim, to contemporary, with aluminum appliques in the Sport trim level.

The highlights are in the center control panel: The Q50 features two touch-screens in the center of the dashboard that can ...

Vehicle Overview

The Q50 replaces Infiniti's G37 compact sedan. The change reflects Infiniti's new naming convention — all cars will be Q and all SUVs QX, each with a number to reflect their size and place in the lineup rather than their engine size. But the Q50 has some dramatic changes of its own, including new styling and technology, a hybrid version and the regrettable discontinuation of a manual transmission.

The Q50 competes with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS.

Exterior
The Q50 is a complete redesign, but its wheelbase is identical to the outgoing G37's. The Q50 is 2 inches wider while overall length is marginally longer, and the height is down less than a half inch. The look is radically different, mimicking the larger M37 sedan. Infiniti says the car's coefficient of drag is a remarkably low 0.26, which is in league with some of the slipperiest hybrids and other high-efficiency vehicles on the market.

The car has standard LED headlights, running lights and taillights. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, and 19-inchers come on the Sport trim level, which also has a more aggressive front-end design.

Interior
The cabin marks an upgrade over an interior that had grown outdated in the G sedan. Motifs range from more conservative, with maple trim, to contemporary, with aluminum appliques in the Sport trim level.

The highlights are in the center control panel: The Q50 features two touch-screens in the center of the dashboard that can work independently or in tandem. A map can be shown on the top screen while a destination address is input in the lower screen. The lower screen is flanked by columns of real mechanical buttons that control climate — rather than touch-sensitive capacitive panels.

Infiniti says the Q50's trunk is 18.0 cubic feet, which is incredibly large for the class, and 14.1 cubic feet in the hybrid version.
Under the Hood
The Q50 has the G sedan's standard 328-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive. It does away with the well-regarded six-speed manual initially, and possibly for good. (The upcoming Q60 coupe and convertible will offer the manual.) The Infiniti Drive Mode Selector now adds a Custom setting to the Snow, Eco, Standard and Sport modes. It allows the driver to assign his or her own selection of acceleration, steering and stability system calibrations to a single mode; the other modes are pre determined. Steeringwheel shift paddles are optional.

The new development is the hybrid, which uses a 3.5-liter V-6 and produces 354 hp total. This approach is similar to that in the M sedan; it provides more power than the standard gas-only engine along with higher but not dramatic mileage.

The greatest leap in technology — and of faith — is Infiniti's optional new Direct Adaptive Steering, which is a by-wire steering system claimed to provide "independent control of the Q50's tire angle and steering inputs, transmitting the driver's intentions to the wheels faster than a mechanical system." The steering ratio and power assist can also be customized to suit the driver. A mechanical backup remains onboard.

Buyers can opt for upgraded brakes that employ upgraded discs and four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers.

Safety
Standard safety features include the federally mandated antilock brakes and electronic stability system. There are frontal airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtains.

The Q50 offers a host of active-safety features that attempt to prevent collisions in the first place. They include forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, blind spot warning, backup collision intervention, lane departure prevention and Active Lane Control. Active Lane Control uses cameras to keep you driving straight when you've wandered too far in your lane, but it also makes smaller adjustments to keep you driving straight in cases of crosswinds and road imperfections.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

A suprise! I did not expect a Q50H to runlikethis

by Mickey from Mineral, Virginia on October 15, 2018

Exceeded all of my needs and what I thought I was getting. It looks good, and also ran much better than what the looks suggested. Read full review

(5.0)

Best Value Hybrid Sport Sedan

by BriGuy838 from Dedham, MA on July 23, 2018

Most other Hybrid vehicles end up losing power due to the battery, however, this one actually gains HP. It is extremely quick, and I love the ability to switch to a more economy style of driving if so ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Premium

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 - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by INFINITI

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 model years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain

    72 months/70,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program 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 Hybrid 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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