• (4.6) 18 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $19,438–$30,070
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 28-31
  • Engine: 296-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid

What We Don't Like

  • Stick shift eliminated

Notable Features

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

2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Reviews

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The cabin marks an upgrade over an interior that had grown outdated in the G sedan.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

(4.6)

Average based on 18 reviews

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by khpjmp1 from Mundelein, IL on November 20, 2017

I love this car. Super technology, never needs repairs, great gas mileage and super sexy looking and turns a lot of heads!

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4 Trims Available

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Our 2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid trim comparison will help you decide.

2014 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Premium

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Premium

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

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

Small overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Small overlap front
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Premium

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on INFINITI Q50 Hybrid Premium

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 7 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

Other Years