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2016 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid

$23,158 — $33,438 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
28-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Updated steering and suspension tuning
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Lots of available electronic safety features
  • Improved fuel economy vs. gasoline version

The Bad

  • No changes to hybrid drivetrain
  • Updated interior doesn’t look all that different
  • Rear seat room is still cramped
  • Drive-by-wire steering has been problematic
2016 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid
  • Five-passenger compact luxury hybrid sedan
  • Rear- or optional all-wheel drive
  • Updated interior with more console storage
  • Steer-by-wire option

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 sport sedan may not look all that different from the 2015 model because the changes to the car are entirely in the engine bay. A trio of updated powertrains are now offered in the sedan, ranging from a four-cylinder to a new twin-turbo V-6, along with the returning hybrid powertrain.

Under the HoodThe Q50 base model gets a new a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 208-horsepower and a healthy 258 pounds-feet of torque. Like all of the new engines, it's mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission only, and can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Stepping up from the four-cylinder is a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter VR30 V-6, which makes 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque in the 3.0t trim level. But the one that will likely get enthusiasts' attention is the version in the Q50 Red Sport 400. It’s a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that makes 400 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque.

The only carryover powertrain is the hybrid version, which returns with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and a lithium-ion battery pack. Employing a dual-clutch transmission and electric motor, it will provide 360 total system horsepower.

Infiniti didn't just stop at the engines, however. The automaker also updated the car's steering and suspension for 2016. The problematic drive-by-wire system has been extensively revised, says the company, with the new Direct Adaptive Steering enjoying considerable logic updates for better fe...

Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 sport sedan may not look all that different from the 2015 model because the changes to the car are entirely in the engine bay. A trio of updated powertrains are now offered in the sedan, ranging from a four-cylinder to a new twin-turbo V-6, along with the returning hybrid powertrain.

Under the HoodThe Q50 base model gets a new a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 208-horsepower and a healthy 258 pounds-feet of torque. Like all of the new engines, it's mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission only, and can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Stepping up from the four-cylinder is a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter VR30 V-6, which makes 300 hp and 295 pounds-feet of torque in the 3.0t trim level. But the one that will likely get enthusiasts' attention is the version in the Q50 Red Sport 400. It’s a twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine that makes 400 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque.

The only carryover powertrain is the hybrid version, which returns with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 and a lithium-ion battery pack. Employing a dual-clutch transmission and electric motor, it will provide 360 total system horsepower.

Infiniti didn't just stop at the engines, however. The automaker also updated the car's steering and suspension for 2016. The problematic drive-by-wire system has been extensively revised, says the company, with the new Direct Adaptive Steering enjoying considerable logic updates for better feel and responsiveness. It provides some semiautonomous driving functionality as well, working with the lane keep assist system to maintain a car's position in the lane in the event of strong crosswinds. The Direct Adaptive Steering system can be had with any of the 3.0-liter cars or the hybrid model. The company is still providing a hedge, however, including an electrically assisted power steering system as standard equipment, with the 2.0-liter car sticking with a standard hydraulic steering system.

In addition to the steering changes, Sport trim levels now get the Dynamic Digital Suspension; it's an adaptive suspension that adjusts shock absorber response to the driver's selected mode.


InteriorCosmetically, the Q50's interior isn't much different for 2016, but the brand has updated its aging multimedia system. The new Infiniti InTouch system employs two touch-capacitive screens on the center console to supposedly bring an easy-to-use interface to the driving experience. The upper screen contains most of the more frequently used content, such as apps and navigation, while everything else is displayed on the lower screen. It all works via what Infiniti claims to be intuitive hand gestures.

SafetyThe 2016 Q50 receives some safety updates as well, with a new Driver Assistance Package adding autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear collision intervention with cross-traffic alert and an around-view monitor with moving object detection. Blind spot warning and intervention with lane keep assist and lane departure prevention are all available in the Technology Package.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
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Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Ultimate sleeper vehicle

by Alexx_vq35 from Houston, TX on June 29, 2017

This vehicle is excellent for any car enthusiast that loves speed, instant torque and is concerned about fuel economy. This is it ! It gives you the torque and responsiveness of a high powered 8 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Top of the line comfort vehicle/sleeper

by Alexx_vq35 from Houston, TX on June 29, 2017

This vehicle is excellent for any car enthusiast that loves speed, instant torque and is concerned about fuel economy. This is it ! It gives you the torque and responsiveness of a high powered 8 ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 INFINITI Q50 Hybrid has not been tested.

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

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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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