Driving the 2018 Infiniti Q50
The best aspect of the 2018 Q50 is the available performance options you have. The entry-level 2.0t Pure model features a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This is a solid option if you want a comfortable ride with a decent fuel economy rating of 24 mpg overall.
For more power, you will want to shop for 3.0t models with the 3.0-liter turbo V6 that makes 300-hp. This option packs more of a punch and is quicker off the line. The available hybrid model is the one to choose if you value both fuel economy and strength. The Q50 Hybrid Luxe features a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor; these power sources generate 360-hp.
The most forceful option available on the 2018 Q50 is found on the Red Sport variant. The Q50 Red Sport has a twin-turbo V6 engine that produces 400-hp. While this option is enticing, the Red Sport doesn’t dramatically change the Q50’s driving experience, as Kelley Blue Book highlighted.
Reviewers at KBB specifically recommend the turbo V6 on the 3.0t models. The 3.0t does a great job of balancing performance and practicality. No matter which model you choose, each was originally available with either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive.
What’s on the inside?
There are many things to like about the 2018 Q50 on the inside. The 2018 Q50 is available in six different trim levels. But even so, this model is missing a few modern features. On the bright side, the Q50 is spacious and has comfortable seating. This Infiniti also gets points for its unique, contemporary style.
The base 2.0t trim keeps things simple and comes with faux leather. Standard features on this model include a dual-screen infotainment display, Bluetooth, and satellite radio connection. You’ll want to go up to the 2.0t Luxe trim for more amenities like a moonroof; the 3.0t Sport adds leather seats.
Some upgraded models will have advanced safety features, including forward-collision warning and blind-spot monitoring. Some models will also have an upgraded Bose stereo system. Unfortunately, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t available on the 2018 Q50 at all.
Over reliability ratings
The 2018 Q50 earned above-average reliability ratings from Consumer Reports and U.S. News. There aren’t many significant complaints on the 2018 Q50. Still, it is important to note that there are two NHTSA safety recalls on this model. One relates to the Q50’s fuel system, the other for its backup camera. Make sure your dealer properly addressed these actions before you buy.
Overall, the Q50 is a suitable luxury car to buy used. However, if you want more tech, it’s worth considering the 2018 Genesis G80. A used Kia Stinger is also a worthy choice.