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Overview (Final Score: B)
The 2017 Infiniti Q50 is very aged compared to its rivals in a luxury sport sedan class with some strong competition. Yet with that age comes wisdom, which is evident in the Q50’s excellent interior experience and timeless exterior appeal.
We have a few beefs with the Q50, but not as many as would be expected of a sedan whose design is past middle-age model years. However, Infiniti has kept the Q50 relevant with its sporty engine options and updated infotainment.
This year the Q50 sees only a few changes, including the addition of the Sport and Sport AWD trims for the 2.0t and a little option shuffling throughout the lineup. The Q50 is offered in four model variants, each with a different engine as its primary delineation: the 2.0t, 3.0t, Red Sport 400 and Hybrid.
What We Love About the 2017 Infiniti Q50:
- Beautiful exterior look that will never age
- Excellent interior for comfort and quality
- Nice handling and road presence for the segment
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Infiniti Q50:
- Dual screen infotainment is glare prone
- Four-cylinder and Hybrid models bring disappointing MPG
- Most competitors are more updated
Pricing and Value (9/10)
Two things work against the Q50 and in the buyer’s favor. The first is dropping demand as the car ages, with sales slumping for the car compared to the 2016 model year. This means dealerships are more likely to cut deals to move Q50 models off their lots. The other is a low starting price and an average middle-road price for the Q50 as its trim levels increase.
The base model is cheaper than almost every other luxury sedan in its segment, but most buyers will be in the middle or upper trim levels, where the Q50 is more on par with contemporaries. Resale values remain low for the Q50, but most buyers tend to keep their cars longer than the average for the luxury segments, making used options older than that of competitors.
Our advice is to buy in the middle-road trims (3.0t) and look for good deals and a dealer who’s willing to negotiate. A well-equipped 3.0t model can often be had for under $40,000.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (69/80, 86%)
Key competitors for the 2017 Infiniti Q50 include the, the and sedans, the and the Lexus IS. Of these, the BMW and Mercedes options are sportier and much more up-to-date in terms of design and quality. The Audi is cost-competitive to the Infiniti, but not as luxurious, and the Lexus offers the best interior in the business and a far superior hybrid option. It would behoove a smart shopper to cross-compare carefully.
Despite its age, we think that the 2017 Infiniti Q50 is still very competitive thanks to its timeless exterior look, excellent interior feel and breadth of engine options. We’re big fans of the low cost associated with the high-powered output of the 3.0t model that offers an excellent mix of handling, power delivery and luxury.
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