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1403 2014 Infiniti Q50 Awd Premium Intro
four seasons long-term tests

2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium - Four Seasons Introduction

Patrick M Hoey
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2014 Infiniti Q50 reviews to date

The Infiniti Q50, which replaces the G37, is an all-new model for 2014. The new car’s name marks a brand-wide transition to a nomenclature that, presumably, the company hopes will more closely align it—in the minds of consumers, at least—with its German competition. More significant than the name, though, is Infiniti’s announcement that the Q50 sets the tone in design, performance, and technology for future Infiniti products.

Of those three attributes, what really makes the Q50 stand out is its coterie of driving-assistance systems that, when used in concert, allow the car to be driven semiautonomously. This makes it one of the first vehicles of its kind on the market and a car that merits further evaluation.

We opted for the 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a seven-speed automatic, which will be the volume model. (A hybrid is also available.) This powertrain carries over from the G and produces a healthy 328 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The base Q comes fairly well-equipped, but we stepped up to the Premium model, which adds a moonroof, a fourteen-speaker Bose audio system, and heated front seats. During the record-breaking snowfalls that pummeled the Midwest, checking the all-wheel-drive box was a no-brainer. And we weren’t done yet.

Next, we added the $3200 Technology Package, which bundles the majority of the aforementioned safety and driving-assistance systems, including collision warning and predictive collision prevention; blind-spot warning and intervention; radar-based cruise control; and active lane control. A first from Infiniti, that last item uses cameras to adjust the direction of the front wheels to keep the Q50 in its lane without driver inputs.

Another Infiniti first—and the first of its kind on a production vehicle—is a steer-by-wire system called Direct Adaptive Steering that uses software instead of a physical connection to the front wheels to communicate the driver’s steering inputs. (There is a backup mechanical connection.)

Steer-by-wire comes with the $3100 Deluxe Touring Package, which also brings maple interior trim, rain-sensing wipers, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, and an Around View Monitor.

After ticking the boxes for navigation, leather-trimmed seats, bright-finished seventeen-inch wheels, and all-season floor and trunk mats, our Q50 3.7 AWD Premium came in at $53,135—a substantial $15,180 more than a base Q50.

The question is, will these pricey, high-tech driving aids diminish the Q50’s underlying performance DNA, or will they fade into the background and become as transparent as traction and stability control? We look forward to finding out.

2014 Infiniti Q50 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
Body style 4-door sedan
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.)$42,605
As tested $53,1350
Engine 24-valve DOHC V-6
Displacement 3.7 liters (226 cu in)
Power 328 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque 269 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive 4-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 19/27/22 (city/hwy/combined)
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
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 60.4/61.4 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 3787 lb
Weight dist. F/R 56.6/43.4%
Fuel capacity 20.0 gal
Est. fuel range 440 miles
Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)
  • 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/one-year subscription
    • Cruise control
    • Voice recognition for audio, Bluetooth, and vehicle information
    • Power sunroof
    • Automatic LED headlights
    • LED fog lights 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/runflat tires
    • OPTIONS FOR THIS VEHICLE:
    • Technology package- $3200
    • 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- $3100
    • 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- $1600
    • Navigation package- $1400
    • Navigation w/real-time traffic updates
    • Infiniti Connection
    • Leather seating package- $1000
    • Leather-trimmed seats
    • Driver’s seat 2-way power lumbar support
    • All-weather floor mats and cargo mat- $230
  • Jacques René Delange
    I refuse to drive In a not european car...
    Lee G
    Why didn't you get the Sport package on your test car?
    Mjomba Mjomba Davee
    The best fuel consumption car of year 2014.
    jmccool6969
    I had a couple of the coupes,a G35 and a G37. Nice cars. I will be interested in what you think of this car in 12 months.
    Gary Craig
    Nothing
    Amazigh Amazigh
    I like....!!?
    Wolf47
    While this car looks so much better than its predecessor, its Altima DNA still shows.  Competition for the Germans?  I think not.  
    Albin Idukki
    iam iti automobil stid
    Chao Momin Babu
    Nice car.
    Ajay Kiran K
    Performance, design, efficiency, speed, noice nd vibration free, with good technology ..........cars ....!!!!
    Michael Anderson
    Steer by wire, no thank you sir
    Michael Mabus
    Reliability
    Lee Klein
    Comfort? Impression of materials? Ride? Noise level?
    Angus MacKenzie
    How the puterized steering sysTem is an overdesigned, invasive mess?
    Danny Papadatos
    Nice looking car...
    Roy J. Adams
    How much worse the steering is compared to the G37 it replaces.
    Dennis Wood
    how the rear 3/4's is Acura TL.
    Rob Eckaus
    Software updates, mandatory or optional for the driver assist systems and resulting differences in instrumented tests.
    Anoop J Vadakkedam
    Now, That's a car!
    Chris Prather
    Steering
    Merrill Crosbie
    Do you have a full size adult that will fit in it? For such a big car, it has pitiful legroom, especially the driver.
    Erik Summa
    Service Experience, Cost of Ownership, & how effective (or, conversely, obtrusive) the electronic driving aids are.
    Dzuan Truong
    Performance and tech and DAS
    brady33
    Not expecting to buy one of these any time soon, but I'm very interested to see how all these systems perform in a truly wild midwestern climate.  Anyone living in this belt of the nation knows that the roads are typically terrible, including lane markings, which might prove to be a challenge to the built-in hardware and software.  Looking forward to the series!
    Whatnow
    @brady33  Can't speak for the mid-west, but in the too hot for winter state of California I did take the premium with tech pack for a lengthy drive through some canyon roads, and the car is a dream to drive. Not quite as nimble as the ATS or IS350 F-Sport, but it felt much more connected than the current 3 Series, and just as fun to drive as the A4/S4. Still waiting for the re-freshened ATS later this yr which I hope will have the 8 spd option, the new C-Class, and TLX before I finally decide on a purchase, but I definitely enjoyed the Q and would consider one.

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