Reviews

2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium – Summer Update

Miles to date: 15,569

Long-Term 2014 Infiniti ILX Update: Fall 2014 ( 3 of 5 ) Miles to date: 15,569

My first experience of the Infiniti way of doing things came in a QX56, the yacht of choice for the discerning NFL linebacker. I recall climbing aboard into the opulence of leather upholstery with lacquered-timber trim and gliding off smoothly, as if through water at night. This feeling of a warm knife slowly slicing through butter I have come to understand as Infiniti.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 has this feeling of luxury in motion, as does my buddy’s 20-year-old Infiniti J30, a hand-me-down from his commuting father. (It seems that an Infiniti will last, given the proper care.) But what isn’t luxury here is the skinny steering wheel that greets you at the helm. There’s no heavy lacquer to this interior, nor even much attention paid to perceptions of what might signify luxury in an automobile. Such things weren’t overlooked in the QX56, even though its exterior is the visual equivalent of an orthopedic shoe. We’ll put this down as a fielding error on Infiniti’s part.

Maybe you’ve noticed much argumentum ad populum about the shortcomings of the 2014 Infiniti Q50’s steering action. To me it feels like the power-steering hamsters aren’t running fast enough in their wheel, and the car doesn’t quite make the turn that I had visualized. I have grown used to this fairly painlessly, and if I never had heard the gossip perhaps I might never have noticed.

“Comfortable drivers are comfortable without this avoidance technology, although I’ll admit that it still may save me and others yet.”

This car purports to drive itself. It doesn’t, although there are times when it acts as if it wants to, thanks to a selection of proximity warnings that I’ve experienced all too often during city driving in L.A.
One nags you back into your lane by coming to the aid of what it believes to be a troubled navigator by taking control of the steering and braking. This warning system was quick to judge me while I was braking behind a car and corrected me even though I had the moment well in hand. The car pitched forward and then dove left in avoidance, shocking me into my own deployment of full assistance.
Comfortable drivers are comfortable without this avoidance technology, although I’ll admit that it still may save me and others yet. During my time with the 2014 Infiniti Q50, I happily let the technology help me park and pick up bandits in blind spots (spied as flashing warnings in the outside mirrors), but this is as much as this comfortable driver feels comfortable with.


I enjoy this car; it’s a solid sedan that drives light. It’s not the fastest off the line but has enough poke midrange and up, supplying a satisfying and comfortable freeway drive. It’s happy cruising and quick to get out of trouble at speed. Others would argue it needs to feel stronger and breathe a little more fire. (Crack a bottle of the 560-hp Eau Rouge, why don’t you?) Electrics and utilities are easily found, functioned, and interfaced. Heavy, roomy leather seats also belong in this kind of car.
A refit cockpit would transform the 2014 Infiniti Q50 from good to great. Luxury is largely a perception backed up by quality. The quality is here, but the perception isn’t. Skinny steering wheels belong in budget-style Euro boxes meant to be bounced around Paris. What I want is to effortlessly pilot this land yacht from my luxurious bridge, dispensing silky Infiniti power at will.

Overview

  • Body style 4-door sedan
  • Accommodation 5-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $42,605
  • As tested $53,135

Powertrain

  • Engine DOHC 24-valve V-6
  • Displacement 3.7 liters (226 cu in)
  • Power 328 hp @ 7,000 rpm
  • Torque 269 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
  • Transmission 7-speed automatic
  • Drive 4-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 19/27/22 (city/hwy/combined)

Chassis

  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 2.0 turns
  • Turning circle 37.4 ft
  • Suspension, Front Control arms, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs
  • Wheels 17-inch aluminum
  • Tires Bridgestone Potenza RE97 AS
  • Tire size 225/55R-17 95V

Measurements

  • Headroom F/R 39.5/36.8 in
  • Legroom F/R 44.5/35.1 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 56.7/56.1 in
  • Wheelbase 112.2 in
  • Track F/R 60.8/61.8 in
  • L x W x H 188.3 x 71.8 x 57.2 in
  • Passenger capacity 100.0 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity 13.5 cu ft
  • Weight 3,787 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 62%/38%

Equipment

  • standard equipment

    • Rearview camera
    • InTouch dual display w/controller
    • InTouch apps
    • InTuition
    • Keyless entry and ignition
    • Bluetooth
    • 14-speaker Bose audio system
    • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
    • Homelink
    • Two USB ports
    • Auxiliary audio jack
    • Auxiliary video jack
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/1-year subscription
    • Cruise control
    • Voice recognition for audio, Bluetooth, and vehicle information
    • Power sunroof
    • Automatic LED headlights
    • LED foglights and taillights
    • Leatherette-trimmed seats
    • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel
    • 8-way power front seats
    • Heated front seats and exterior mirrors
    • Automatic dual-zone climate control
    • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Active Trace Control
    • Drive mode selector
    • 17-inch aluminum wheels w/run-flat tires

Options

  • options for this vehicle:

    • Technology package- $3,200
    • Adaptive front lighting system
    • Automatic high beams
    • Distance control assist
    • Blind-spot monitoring and intervention system
    • Backup collision intervention
    • Front pre-crash seatbelts
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Forward collision warning and intervention
    • Forward emergency braking
    • Lane departure warning and intervention
    • Active lane-keeping assist
    • Advanced climate control
    • Deluxe Touring package- $3,100
    • Direct adaptive steering
    • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
    • Front seat memory
    • Maple wood trim
    • 60/40-split folding rear seats
    • Around View camera
    • Front and rear parking assist
    • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
    • 17-inch bright-finish aluminum wheels- $1,600
    • Navigation package- $1,400
    • Navigation w/real-time traffic updates
    • Infiniti Connection
    • Leather seating package- $1,000
    • Leather-trimmed seats
    • Driver’s seat 2–way power lumbar support
    • All-weather floormats and cargo mat- $230

Comments
We’ve Temporarily Removed Comments

As part of our ongoing efforts to make AutomobileMag.com better, faster, and easier for you to use, we’ve temporarily removed comments as well as the ability to comment. We’re testing and reviewing options to possibly bring comments back. As always, thanks for reading AutomobileMag.com.