If you’re looking to buy or lease a new luxury sports sedan, don’t overlook the 2021 Infiniti Q50. While the competition is stiff, the Q50’s superior value gives it a big advantage. Not only does the new Q50 pack enough performance to keep drivers entertained, but it also features some of the most comfortable seats in the segment. Keeping reading to learn more facts about the new Q50.
What’s New for 2021?
This year, Infiniti equips the base model with several additional safety technologies. The high-performance Q50 Red Sport 400 model also receives a few interior and exterior styling updates.
What Styles Does It Come in?
The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is a luxury sport sedan. While rear-wheel drive comes standard, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system is available.
What Are the Available Trims?
Infiniti offers the new Q50 in four main trim levels: 3.0T, 3.0T Luxe, 3.0T Sensory, and Red Sport 400. The base 3.0T model’s attractive pricing will appeal to a lot of people. Like the rest of the lineup, it features a twin-turbo V6 engine. Some of the attractive interior features include Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, HD Radio, and eight-way power front seats.
Another notch up the trim ladder is the Q50 3.0T Luxe. Aside from larger 18-inch machined wheels, it also receives upgraded interior trim and a tinted glass sunroof.
Expect the Sensory trim to look a bit more aggressive. Infiniti decks it out with racier body treatments and 19-inch sport wheels. Leather sport seats with heating are found on the inside. Music fans will appreciate the crisp sound of the sedan’s 16-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system.
Atop the lineup is the more powerful Red Sport 400 model. It features unique wheels, which are accented by red brake calipers. Quilted leather seats with red contrast stitching and dark chrome interior accents give the cabin a special touch.
The Q50’s Exterior Styling
Although the 2021 Infiniti Q50 may not be the newest model in the segment, its sleek styling has aged well. Many people are attracted to the sedan’s sculpted body. Jewel-like LED headlamps also help the Q50 to turn heads. Of the available paint options, Dynamic Sunstone Red demands the most attention on the road.
The Infiniti Q50 offers some modern technologies. However, Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system has received mixed reviews from the automotive world. While this dual-screen system has some advantages, it’s more difficult to use while driving. Graphics are also below average. On the bright side, the available Bose Performance Series audio system sounds phenomenal.
Last year, Infiniti did away with the car’s turbo four-cylinder engine. This means every trim level now receives a twin-turbo V6 engine. While the standard version pushes out 300 horsepower, the Red Sport 400’s engine is calibrated to squeeze out 400 horsepower. When drivers stomp on the accelerator, the Q50 Red Sport 400 races to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Although a traditional manual transmission is not on the list of options, reviewers applaud the car’s seven-speed automatic gearbox for its smooth operation.
Well-controlled handling makes the Q50 a fun car to drive on winding roads. Although buyers can opt for Direct Adaptive Steering, it’s not a recommended upgrade. According to many people, this electric steering system has an artificial feel. The standard steering system is far more responsive.
Although the 2021 Infiniti Q50 does require the use of premium gas, overall fuel economy is decent. The EPA lists the rear-wheel-drive Q50 with a rating of 20 mpg town/29 mpg freeway. Drivers can trust the more powerful Red Sport 400 model to deliver up to 26 mpg.
Quality and Comfort
Don’t expect the Infiniti Q50 to feel quite as luxurious as an Audi or Mercedes-Benz sports sedan. Nevertheless, the quality of the Q50’s interior materials is solid. When it comes to seat comfort, the Q50 ranks among the segment’s elite. However, keep in mind that ventilated front seats are not offered on any trim.
With the arrival of more standard safety tech, the Infiniti Q50 now offers great security at every trim level. Designed with a front-mounted radar sensor, the Q50’s standard forward collision warning system can detect a potential accident two cars ahead. Blind-spot monitoring and a 360-degree camera are also on the Q50’s list of standard safety equipment.
The new 2021 Infiniti Q50 allows drivers to experience luxury and performance at an affordable price. Advanced safety features are no longer an extra cost. You should definitely visit your local Infiniti dealer to take a test drive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Infiniti Q50 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.