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2020 Infiniti Q50
Select a Different Model (10 Available): 3.0t EDITION 30 AWD Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 49654
MPG (EPA) 19 CTY /27 HWY
Horsepower 300@6400
Torque 295@1500
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2020 Infiniti Q50 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Powerful V-6 engines
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • High-quality interior appointments

Cons

  • Stiff, brittle ride
  • Sloppy handling dynamics
  • Lacks standard driver-assist tech

What's New

  • Entry-level 3.0t Pure trim
  • Dual-touchscreen infotainment system
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB type A and type C ports
  • Turbo-four entry-level engine is gone

2020 Infiniti Q50 Overview

Now the only sedan left in Infiniti's lineup, the Q50 is a compact luxury sedan that emphasizes sporty performance. Since its debut in 2014, the Q50 has seen gradual style, performance, and technology upgrades. In a market where consumers largely favor SUVs to sedans, the Q50 still captures attention with its attractive styling, upscale appointments, and strong engine choices.

For 2020, a new entry-level trim for the standard twin-turbo V-6 engine, called Pure, joins the lineup. All Q50 models receive an updated dual-touchscreen infotainment system, which now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. One USB type A and one USB type C port are added in the front row, with the same ports optionally available for rear passengers.

What We Think

Less luxurious than some of its competitors, and not as high-performance as others, the Infiniti Q50 is something of a confusing in-betweener in the compact luxury sedan segment.

The Q50's technology integration isn't superb either—in this case, more screens do not make things better. The dual-touchscreen infotainment system can be confusing to use, and, at least in our previous long-term 2019 Infiniti QX50, buggy and unreliable. At least Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are finally standard on the 2020 Q50, and hopefully those will remedy some of the issues we've found with Infiniti's dated system.

If the Q50 has anything going for it, it's speed. The standard twin-turbo V-6 engine feels powerful in either its 300 hp or 400 hp states of tune, laying down some impressive acceleration numbers. However, speed alone doesn't make a sporty car. Its lack of a limited-slip differential leads to some sloppy handling traits. That's not helped by the available Direct Adaptive Steering steer-by-wire system, which feels unpredictable and completely synthetic. At least the Q50's brakes are strong, and the chassis grippy, but some competitors offer better manners in sporty driving situations.

To a certain extent, the Q50 has appeal in being a jack of all trades. It's comfortable enough for daily driving and quick enough to put a smile on your face. But subsequently, it's a master of none—we'd also consider compact sedans more decided in their mission.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Infiniti Q50 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine available in two states of tune. Standard is a 300 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque configuration, while a 400 hp, 350 lb-ft calibration is available. In either case, the engine is connected to a seven-speed automatic transmission. RWD is standard (and AWD optional) on all trim levels.

With the standard engine tune and RWD, the Q50 is rated at 20/29 mpg city/highway. Selecting AWD drops that to 19/27 mpg. The more powerful tune and RWD brings fuel economy to 20/26 mpg, and choosing AWD with that engine reduces city fuel economy by one mpg.

Safety

From the NHTSA, the Infiniti Q50 earns a five-star (out of five) overall safety rating. The IIHS gives the Q50 top Good crashworthiness scores across its testing regimen, as well as the top Superior designation for its standard automatic emergency braking system, which avoided a collision in the 12 mph test and reduced speed to 1 mph in the 25 mph test.

For 2020, the Q50 comes standard with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist with corrective steering, and adaptive cruise control are all optional extras.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Q50's trunk has 13.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. That can be expanded thanks to the 60/40 split-folding rear seat, which is only available on certain trim levels.

In Q50 models without a moonroof, headroom measures 40.2 inches and legroom 44.5 inches in the front row. In the second row, headroom is 37.5 inches and legroom 35.1 inches. Choosing the sunroof reduces headroom to 39.5 inches in the front row, and 36.8 inches in the second row.

Technology

The Q50 has long used a dual-display infotainment system, but it's been updated for 2020. The top touchscreen is 8.0 inches diagonally, and the bottom touchscreen measures 7.0 inches. There's also a vehicle information display mounted in the gauge cluster. GPS navigation and a WiFi hotspot are available on higher-end trims.

A crucial update for 2020 is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the entire range. Another is the addition of one USB type A port and one USB type C port in the front center console; those USB ports can optionally be added for rear-seat occupants. A six-speaker sound system is standard, and a 16-speaker premium setup is available.

Trim Levels

2020 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Pure: The entry-level Q50 trim has 17-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off LED headlights with daytime running lights, LED fog lights, and LED taillights. Glass panels have a UV-reducing tint, and the side mirrors are heated and power-adjustable. Inside, seats are trimmed in leatherette and power adjustable in the front, the steering wheel is leather-wrapped, and black trim is distributed throughout the cabin. Convenience features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button ignition, and auto up/down windows.

Like all Q50 trim levels, RWD is standard, and AWD is available.

2020 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Luxe: As the name suggests, additional luxury features are added to Luxe trim. These include 18-inch alloy wheels and a moonroof outside, and textured aluminum trim on the inside.

2020 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Edition 30: Built to commemorate Infiniti's 30th anniversary, the Q50 Edition 30 brings trim-specific special-edition touches and more content. These include Edition 30 badging on the trunk lid and front-door sill plates, dark chrome exterior trim, a black mesh grille instead of the standard chrome finish, and black side mirror caps. It also has unique dark-finish 19-inch wheels. Inside, seats are covered in leather upholstery, and the heated front seats gain lumbar, torso, and thigh supports. The steering wheel gets paddle shifters and is heated and power-adjustable, the rear seat gains 60/40 split capability, and special aluminum trim decorates the cabin. GPS navigation, WiFi hotspot, and voice recognition are added to the infotainment system, and the engine can be started remotely. Standard driver-assist features include blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree view camera system, front and rear sonar sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control .

2020 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport: Sport trim gains sport-inspired front and rear bumpers and 19-inch wheels. The seats are upholstered in leather, and the 16-speaker premium audio system is added. An adaptive suspension system and larger brakes back up the Sport name, and the Direct Adaptive Steering system becomes available.

2020 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Red Sport 400: The top-end Q50 trim includes the more powerful 400 hp, 350 lb-ft of torque engine tune. It also has the adaptive suspension system and larger brakes (here with red-painted calipers), black side mirror caps, plus trim-specific exhaust tips and 19-inch wheels, but the Direct Adaptive Steering is an optional addition. The interior has trim-specific quilted leather seats, dark chrome accents, and aluminum sport pedal caps. Driver-assist features including adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist remain optional extras.

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2020 INFINITI Q50 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 Turbo 3.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 7 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
Trim
3.0t EDITION 30 AWD Sedan
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
300@6400
Standard MPG
19/27
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

All Weather Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber
$195 $225

Carbon Fiber Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mirror, Carbon Driver; Mirror, Carbon Passenger; [R93] Rear Decklid Spoiler - Carbon Fiber (PIO) NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [R92] Rear Decklid Spoiler (PIO); [R93] Rear Decklid Spoiler - Carbon Fiber (PIO)
Opt $1520

Cargo Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: 2 Shopping Bag Hooks for the Trunk; First Aid Kit; Floor Covering; Load Restraint
Opt $270

Engine: V6 Turbo 3.0 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, 7 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Black Obsidian

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Graphite Shadow Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Majestic White Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display, 8-inch Touch Screen

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Load Restraint

CONTAINED IN: [M92] Cargo Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Media Control with Wheel, Touch Screen

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, Multi-Touch Screen with SD Card and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Front(2)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Rear USB Charging Ports (PIO)

Opt $145

Remote Engine Starter

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System With Micro Filter

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 2.937

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Stability Control, Steering

Std Std

Electrical System, 12v

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 20.0 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Intelligent All-Wheel Drive Full and Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive with Automatic Selection AWD

Std Std

Carbon Fiber Rear Deck Lid Spoiler

CONTAINED IN: [R93] Rear Decklid Spoiler - Carbon Fiber (PIO)
Grp Grp

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Bumpers

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [B92] Splash Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Rear Decklid Spoiler (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [R94] Carbon Fiber Package (PIO)
Opt $450

Rear Decklid Spoiler - Carbon Fiber (PIO)

INCLUDES: Carbon Fiber Rear Deck Lid Spoiler; Spoiler, Toned Lip Trunk/Hatch NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [R94] Carbon Fiber Package (PIO) CONTAINED IN: [R94] Carbon Fiber Package (PIO)
Opt $870

Splash Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
Opt $225

Spoiler, Toned Lip Trunk/Hatch

CONTAINED IN: [R93] Rear Decklid Spoiler - Carbon Fiber (PIO)
Grp Grp

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

2 Shopping Bag Hooks for the Trunk

CONTAINED IN: [M92] Cargo Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [L92] All Weather Package (PIO); [M92] Cargo Package (PIO)
Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [L92] All Weather Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Infiniti Radiant Illuminated Kick Plates

Opt $485

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy On Console And Doors ; Wood & Leather Instrument Panel; Alloy & Leather Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Heated Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Ambient Lighting

Std Std

Infiniti Radiant Interior Ambient Lighting (PIO)

Opt $445

Infiniti Welcome Lighting (PIO)

Opt $465

LED Lights: High Beams, Daytime Running Lights, Rear Lights, Brake Lights, Low Beams, Side Indicator, Front Fog

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Mirror, Carbon Driver

CONTAINED IN: [R94] Carbon Fiber Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Mirror, Carbon Passenger

CONTAINED IN: [R94] Carbon Fiber Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Premium Paint

Opt $595

Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Forward Emergency Braking

Std Std

First Aid Kit

CONTAINED IN: [M92] Cargo Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Warning (BSW)

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Camera, 360 Degrees

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front and Rear Around View® Monitor Camera and Radar ; Side Around View® Monitor Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Moving Object Detection Radar & Camera

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Driver Seat, 10-Way Power Sports; Passenger Seat, 8-Way Power Sports

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Graphite Leather

N/C N/C

Seating, 5

Std Std

Audio System, Infiniti InTouch™ AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Multi-Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Wishbone/Rear Multi-Link w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, Bridgestone P225/50VR18 All Season BSW Run Flat

Std Std

Wheels, 18" Alloy

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
84
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 Infiniti announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to current customers. 03-02-2020
$3300 Infiniti announces Lease Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-02-2020
$0 1.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 24, 36, 48, 63, 72 Months - Infiniti announces special APR Financing on select models. 03-02-2020
$1000 Infiniti announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models to current owners/lessees. 03-31-2020