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Luxury cars are the epitome of elegance, style, and sophistication, but what happens when a brand fails to deliver on these expectations? Infiniti may include one of these as one of the lowest-ranking luxury cars of 2023, according to Edmunds. Find out what they have to say.

Infiniti Q50 scores lowest in Edmunds’ 2023 luxury car rankings

A red 2023 Infiniti Q50 parked on concrete in a mountainous area.
2023 Infiniti Q50 | Infiniti

It’s a tough pill to swallow for the Infiniti brand, but the 2023 Infiniti Q50 has taken the dubious honor of being the lowest-ranking luxury car in Edmunds‘ 2023 rankings, with an overall score of just 6.4. In a market where the bar for excellence is set incredibly high, the Q50’s score falls short of even the most modest expectations.

To put things into perspective, the two highest-ranking luxury cars, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, received a score of 7.9. That’s a significant gap, underscoring just how much work the Infiniti brand has to do if it hopes to compete with the big boys of the luxury car world.

The Infiniti Q50 delivers performance and efficiency

One of the standout features of the Infiniti Q50 is its powerful turbocharged V6 engine, which offers plenty of performance and a thrilling driving experience. With 300 hp at its disposal, this engine delivers impressive acceleration and an exhilarating ride, making it a great choice for drivers who want a luxury car with a little extra power under the hood.

The Q50 also offers solid fuel efficiency, with an estimated 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. That’s a respectable figure for a car with this kind of performance, and it’s sure to please eco-conscious drivers who still want a luxury car that’s fun to drive.

The Infiniti Q50 is available in rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive as optional. Both configurations offer a smooth and comfortable ride, thanks partly to the car’s well-tuned suspension and advanced chassis. And speaking of comfort, the Q50’s front and rear seats are spacious and accommodating, providing plenty of legroom and headroom for passengers of all sizes.

The Infiniti Q50’s shortcomings

One of the most prominent areas where the Q50 falls short is in its interior design. The cabin looks dated and lacks the modern, sophisticated feel you might expect from a luxury car. The materials used throughout the interior are also less impressive than what you’ll find in some of the Q50’s competitors, making the car feel less premium overall.

Another issue with the Q50 is the amount of interior noise that can be heard at highway speeds. The road noise can be intrusive at times, which can be distracting for drivers and passengers alike. The dual-screen infotainment system can be challenging to use because it is not as user-friendly as some alternatives provided by other luxury car brands.

Some of the Q50’s advanced driving aids are overly sensitive, which can be annoying for drivers who want to control the car at all times. For example, the Active Trace Control system can be too aggressive and interfere with the driver’s ability to handle the car naturally.

Finally, while the Q50 is priced similarly to some of its competitors, it falls short in terms of overall value compared to what other luxury cars in its class can offer. All in all, while the Infiniti Q50 has a lot of positives, it falls short in some key areas that may make it less appealing to luxury car buyers looking for the best of the best.


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