2014 Infiniti Q50 fails to achieve Consumer Reports’ “Recommended” rating

Article by Christian A., on October 22, 2013

Earlier today we told you that the 2014 Lexus IS250 failed to receive the “Recommended” status from Consumer Reports magazine, but it appears that another Japanese vehicle failed as well: the 2014 Infiniti Q50. Although the Infiniti G models were one of the highest-rated sedans, the redesigned model wearing the Q designation seems to have lost its way, according to Consumer Reports.

Just like the 2014 Lexus IS250, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 comes with dull steering and the handling is not as good as the one provided by the G37 for example.

Furthermore, the new Q50 also fails to provide the same ride comfort as the G. Consumer Reports says that the Q50 can’t take on the higher-rated models from its class.

But, there is some good news: the Infiniti Q50 is much better than the 2014 Lexus IS250. And we have some more good news: the Infiniti G37 is still on sale in the near future, it is much cheaper than the Q50 but it is available in limited numbers.

Infiniti Q50 is available with a standard 3.7-liter V6 engine rated at 320 hp and has a starting price of $36,450.

Infiniti’s sports sedans have always been known for their elegant proportions and notable road presence. Now, the new Infiniti Q50 is injecting premium style into the carmaker’s lineup.

Even at a glance, the new Q50 offers a strong impression, thanks to a dynamic character line surging from its "double arch" grille. This character line flows like a wave through the flanks of the Q50 before merging with the vehicle’s rear end. This styling gives the new Q50 a fluid and fascinating profile while conveying its already dynamic and sporty stance.

Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer at Infiniti, remarked that the Q50 is heavily influenced by three Infiniti concepts dubbed as the 'Infiniti Trilogy.' In particular, the new Q50 is influenced by the Infiniti Essence while paying tribute to the design dynamics of Infiniti’s earlier sports sedans. He added that the athletic and tightened looks of the new Q50 stunningly fuses its lower and wider proportions with improved levels of interior spaciousness.

Of course, the new Q50 is laden with a number of hallmark Infiniti exterior design elements like the "double arch" grille, Crescent-cut C-pillar and dynamic arch roofline. The vehicle is provided with an aggressive front end, with sports version offered with a sporty front fascia. The three-dimensional double arch grille features elaborately detailed waved mesh pattern surface as well as chrome surround. This grille is flanked by characteristic headlights employing LED technology as well as marker lights with their sharp lines.

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