The 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium replaces the outgoing G37 with not just a new badge, but a better looking, better driving, more tech savvy sports sedan.
|STATS||Starting Retail Price||As Tested Price||HP / Lb-Ft|
|2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium||$41,800||$54,170||328/269|
|EPA Rating MPG||As Tested MPG|
|Rating: BUY IT!||20/29||22.2 Combined|
It all starts with a redesigned exterior that combines the low, curvy appeal of a sports car with the size and presence of a sedan. The grille is very dramatic, even a little Lexus-like, but not as brash with a narrower, more elegant silhouette that speaks to the car’s luxury. This is lower and wider than the G37 and it makes a big difference.
The interior is typically Infiniti swank with optional leather seats and high gloss wood trims, but the new standout feature in the 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium is the twin-screen InTouch system. This takes the car firmly from yesterday to today. It’s clean and sleek with only a few redundant buttons neatly arranged around the sides of the screens.
The two screens work together, with input often happening on the lower screen and the results displaying on the top screen, as with the map for navigation. The sticking point with this type of technology is its ease of use and the Infiniti InTouch makes the grade.
The touchscreen itself is not finicky with a touch being registered on the first try nearly every time. The only criticism here is scrolling, which can be done just by swiping your finger up and down the screen, but is a little rough when you consider how the average phone manages the same motion.
The flow of information throughout the system is intuitive and won’t leave you searching and there’s a home button right beneath the lower screen in case you do somehow lose your way in the menus while you’re playing around with customizable settings. The InTouch system not only looks good, enhancing the interior design rather than standing out intrusively, but backs up those looks with ease of use.
The 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium has room for five, but that middle passenger in the back is not going to want to ride more than a few blocks. It’s a narrow fit with a very hard seat, in contrast to the very comfortable seating for other passengers. The roofline is low and it makes everything a little tight in back and legroom is definitely an issue when the front seats are pushed back for taller front passengers.
Seats up front are supportive and comfortable with ample adjustability that works with an automatic tilt and telescoping steering wheel to give drivers their ideal positioning. Bolstering is strong, and you’re going to want that when you start playing around with the Drive Mode Select switch and toggle it to Sport mode.
There are Sport mode options in a lot of cars, but they don’t always do anything that you can actually notice beyond a glowing red warning somewhere on the dash. The Sport mode on the 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium does exactly what it should and you’re suddenly, most definitely, experiencing the sports part of this sports sedan.
The 3.7-liter V-6 has 328 horsepower with 269 pound-feet of torque all paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission. It provides plenty of power in any mode with handling that is tight and precise without undue feedback from the wheel. It’s smooth throughout the range as it accelerates with plenty of get up and go off the line to press you back into those comfy seats. There’s also a nice bit of engine rumble to complete the package.
Direct Adaptive Steering is also available as a world-first technology that uses electronics to tune the steering system and adjust what the driver feels based on road conditions. It provides for a smoother, more controlled drive, although some who enjoy a more fly by the seat of their pants experience might wish it provided more feedback.
Those in the market for a luxury sports sedan with plenty of technology and a spirited drive would do well to look at the 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium.
On the TFLcar scale of:
- Buy it!
- Lease it!
- Rent it!
- … or Forget it!
I give the 2014 Infiniti Q50 3.7 AWD Premium a Buy It!
Watch the car make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show…
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.