The Q40, like the G37 Sedan that it used to be named, is a traditional rival to the BMW 3-Series sedans.
The current 3-Series has a fuel-efficient turbo four-cylinder engine family that really beats the Infiniti models for efficiency, though; and while its steering isn't ultimately up to the standards of the past its handling retains some of the expected sharpness.
A turbo six is also offered in the 335i models.
Otherwise, the Audi A4 is a top alternative, with its rear-biased Quattro all-wheel-drive system adding up to more driving enjoyment than you might expect; it has top-notch cabin appointments, it's a little tighter than the other models inside.
The Acura TLX replaces the TL and TSX, and it's a new rival with a sportier flavor; we haven't driven it yet, but it looks like an exciting (and probably more fuel-efficient) alternative.
The interior of the Lexus IS 350 is also quite cramped, with a design that looks more dated, and it doesn't feel quite as sporty overall as the G37.
The latest Lexus IS sport sedans also take a step in a more aggressive direction.
And finally, Infiniti's own Q50 sedans are an alternative to the Q40; with a Q50 Hybrid in the mix, as well as far better in-cabin refinement and infotainment systems, no matter which Q50 you choose.
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