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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Top Safety Pick+
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'acceptable,' small overlap frontal
Five stars Overall; four stars frontal, five stars side impact
Although the 2014 Infiniti Q50 is about the same size as the former G37 Sedan, Infiniti has bolstered the body structure, adding more high-strength steel and effectively reengineered the entire vehicle. They’ve also been able to cut some weight overall: Curb weight is at 3,574 pounds, a figure that’s respectable for this class and also about 50 pounds less than before.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Q5 its top-tier Top Safety Pick+ distinction, with 'good' ratings for in all test categories, except the new, more stringent small overlap frontal test, where it earned a second-best 'acceptable' rating. It's earned a good five-star overall score from the federal government, although its frontal protection was rated an imperfect four stars.
Otherwise, the Q50 has a veritable mother lode of active-safety features available. Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Blind-Spot Intervention, and an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection are all among the —in a less scolding way than the systems of just a few years ago.
Of note is something called Predictive Forward Collision Warning, a world-first system that warns the driver of risks far ahead of what he/she might otherwise see—by using sensing the second vehicle ahead, and warning the driver visually and audibly, while also tightening the seatbelt. A new Active Lane Control system makes it easy to glide along in your lane on the highway, with seemingly no small adjustments needed for the pavement surface or crosswinds—and the system uses a camera system to fine-tune your lane placement in an oddly unobtrusive way.
Most of these features are offered through a Technology Package or Deluxe Technology Package, offered on all but the base Q50 models.
No crash-test ratings exist yet, although you can get a bounty of potentially accident-avoiding technologies on board.