Buyer's Guide

2021 Infiniti Q50
Select a Different Model (10 Available): 3.0t LUXE AWD Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 27 mpg
Safety (IIHS) Good
Horsepower 300@6,400
Torque 295@1,500
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2021 Infiniti Q50 MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Strong twin-turbo V-6
  • High-quality interior materials
  • Active safety tech standard on most trims


  • Sloppy handling
  • Unrefined, unintuitive infotainment
  • Below-average efficiency for the class

The Q50 is Infiniti's last available sedan, a compact offering also available as the stylish, two-door Q60. Since it was introduced for the 2014 model year, the Q50 has seen the addition of a Red Sport 400 performance variant as well as the loss of hybrid and four-cylinder offerings. The Q50 competes with other luxury compact sedans including the Genesis G70, Audi A4, Alfa Romeo Giulia, and Tesla Model 3.

What's New

  • Q50 Signature Edition replaces the Edition 30
  • Q50 Sensory replaces the Sport
  • Driver-assist active safety tech is now standard on Q50 Luxe trims and above

What We Think

Sorry Infiniti fans; we rank the Q50 near the bottom of our ratings of compact luxury sedans. It's not without redeeming qualities, but other brands offer better-rounded, more desirable cars. 

We're fond of the Q50's twin-turbo V-6. In either state of tune, the engine feels plenty powerful and equips the smallest Infiniti with impressive performance. That  said, the Q50's lack of an available limited-slip differential and synthetic by-wire steering feel sap its sport sedan credentials. 

The dual-display infotainment system can be tricky, too. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility help to mitigate these issues, but the Q50's competitors offer more graceful solutions. 

Yes, the Q50 is a quick, comfortable luxury car, but the segment is filled with better offerings. An underwhelming driving experience, unimpressive efficiency, flawed infotainment, and below-average value rating have us recommending shoppers steer clear.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Every Q50 utilizes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that's available in two states of tune. Most variants produce 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; those under the hood of the Red Sport 400 produce (you guessed it) 400 hp and 350 lb-ft. With either version, RWD is standard, AWD is optional, and a seven-speed automatic handles shifting duties.

Fuel economy varies depending on drive type and engine tune, but as you'd expect, less powerful rear-drivers sip the least fuel and AWD Red Sports chug the most. The numbers read 19-20/26-29 mpg city/highway. When we tested a RWD Red Sport 400, it accelerated to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.


The Q50 earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. In IIHS evaluations, the Q50 exhibits good crashworthiness, Acceptable or Marginal headlights, and a Superior front crash prevention rating. As for active safety tech, a host of features are newly standard on Q50 Luxe trims and above for 2021. Blind-spot monitoring, rear automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning are standard on these higher trims and automatic emergency braking is included on all models.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Q50 seats five with 44.5 inches of front legroom and 35.1 inches in the rear. The amount of space up front exceeds that offered by three of our top-rated compact luxury sedans (the Audi A4, Genesis G70, and Alfa Romeo Giulia) and rear legroom is mid-pack. At 13.5 cubic feet, the Q50's cargo area offers more space than the G70 or A4 but can't compare to the 17.0 cubes available in the trunk of the BMW 3 Series.


The Q50 features a dual-screen infotainment system that was updated for 2020. Every trim includes an 8.0-inch top and 7.0-inch bottom display, both with touch functionality. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard whereas integrated navigation and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality are included on higher trims. Six-speaker audio is standard and a 16-speaker premium system is available.

Key Competitors:

  • Genesis G70
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia
  • Audi A4
  • Tesla Model 3

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