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Which 2023 Infiniti Q50 is Right for You?

Discover which version of Infiniti’s tired-and-true Q50 compact luxury sedan is the one to get.

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What is the 2023 Infiniti Q50?

In common with virtually every automaker, Infiniti puts most of its resources into SUVs. Yet the Q50 compact luxury sedan (that arrived way back in 2014) still has something special going on. 

The Infiniti is the classic front-engine/rear-drive layout with a choice of powerful engines that can appeal to virtually any enthusiast. Traction at all four wheels is standard for Canadian drivers. And naturally, the Q50 comes with many premium touches.

 

How much does the Infiniti Q50 cost?

With five trim levels to choose from, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price in Canadian dollars for the base 2023 Infiniti Q50 Pure trim starts at $45,195. Standard gear is generous, including safety features like Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Forward Emergency Braking. The AWD powertrain consists of a V6 gas engine mated to an automatic transmission. 

Leather seats, a moonroof, a premium sound system, and additional safety tech highlight the Luxe trim. The Signature Edition maxes out the Q50’s luxury menu with features like navigation with Lane Guidance and Black Open Pore Wood interior trim.

The two Q50 Red Sport trims target driving enthusiasts with a more powerful engine, sportier suspension, tuned exhaust, stronger brakes, and quilted semi-aniline leather sport seats with red contrast stitching. 

At $63,595, the priciest Q50 is the Red Sport Proactive. It’s loaded with wizardries like Direct Adaptive Steering, Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention, and Active Lane Control.

The Q50 also comes with Infiniti Canada's four-year/100,000-kilometre basic warranty.

 

What are the Q50’s power and fuel economy ratings?

The Pure, Luxe, and Signature trims of the Infiniti luxury sedan get a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder gas engine developing 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That’s a considerable amount of muscle for what is the introductory engine. 

The two Red Sport trims also use the same V6 but cook up 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. Both require premium gasoline, with the base engine scoring a 10.8 litres per 100 km combined city and highway fuel economy estimate, with the thirstier Red Sport needing 11.1.

With either engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties. As mentioned, AWD is standard, but the system is based on a rear-wheel drive platform.

 

What’s the Infiniti’s interior like?

Illuminated USB ports (one type-A, one type-C) add a little technological sparkle to the Infiniti’s otherwise dated cabin. There are no real issues with the accommodations up front, though. Space is ample, the seats are comfortable, and other touch points are nicely padded.

It’s just that the design is showing its age. Take the dual screens in the center console, for example. They’re small relative to rival offerings, and the infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly as others.

At least leather seating surfaces are standard. The front seats are heated and eight-way power-adjustable. The steering wheel is heated as well. The rear legroom of 892 millimetres is average for the class. So is trunk space with up to 382 litres of space.

 

What are some of the Infiniti compact luxury sedan’s best features?

ENGINES: Most rivals have turbocharged four-cylinder engines for their entry-level trims. This is the Q50’s specialty, starting with a 300-horsepower turbocharged V6. Then Infiniti tops it off with a 400-horsepower Red Sport version. Good luck finding something German with the same muscle for similar money.

AWD STANDARD: A little snow must fall into each Canadian driver’s life. Unless they spend winters in Arizona, Southern California, or Florida, even in those mainly sunny places, traction at all four wheels can still be a great asset, if only to help efficiently apply engine power to the road. This is optional in every version of the 2023 Q50 luxury sedan.

What’s the 2023 Infiniti Q50’s competition?

While compact luxury sedan buyers are awash in choice, the Infiniti's dedicated rear-drive platform makes it relatively unique. Rivals include the BMW 3 Series, Genesis G70, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

To help you decide which trim level is just right for you, here's a breakdown of the 2023 Infiniti Q50's prices, features, and equipment:

2023 Infiniti Q50 Pure AWD - Starting MSRP $45,195 CAD

Key standard Pure features include:

  • 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbocharged gas engine/300 hp & 295 lb-ft torque
  • Automatic on/off LED headlights & daytime running lights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay capability
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning 
  • Forward Emergency Braking 
  • Rain-sensing wipers

 

2023 Infiniti Q50 Luxe AWD - Starting MSRP $49,995 CAD 

Adds to or replaces Pure features:

  • Power sliding & tinted glass moonroof
  • Leather-appointed seating surfaces
  • Bose Performance Series Audio 16-speaker stereo/Bose Centerpoint simulated surround sound
  • Around View Monitor/Moving Object Detection
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Intelligent Cruise Control/Full Speed Range

 

2023 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition AWD - Starting MSRP $56,895 CAD 

Adds to or replaces Luxe features:

  • 19-in Sport design aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Sport design front fascia
  • Sport rear fascia masking
  • Black trunk spoiler
  • Navigation/Lane Guidance/3D building graphics/Premium Traffic/MapCare
  • Black Open Pore Wood interior trim

 

2023 Infiniti Red Sport AWD - Starting MSRP $60,595 CAD 

Adds to or replaces Signature Edition features:

  • 400 hp & 350 lb-ft torque
  • Dynamic Digital Suspension
  • Axle-back Performance Exhaust
  • Exclusive 19-in aluminum-alloy sport wheels
  • Sport brakes (4-piston front, 2-piston rear)/red painted callipers
  • Quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed sport seats/red contrast stitching

 

2023 Infiniti Red Sport Proactive AWD - Starting MSRP $63,595 CAD 

Adds to or replaces Red Sport features:

  • Direct Adaptive Steering
  • Adaptive Front lighting System/auto-levelling headlights
  • Front seat driver/passenger pre-crash seatbelts
  • Blind Spot Intervention
  • Lane Departure Prevention
  • Active Lane Control
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