2016 INFINITI Q50 vs. Its Competition

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 3.0t 400
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Infiniti Q50 attempts to attract those interested in a sport sedan from Infiniti's more established competitors.

The Q50 is gorgeous, which lends it an edge over its German rivals, though it still lacks the prestige of a BMW 3-Series or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The BMW continues to offer balanced handling and great power.

The C-Class excels for refinement, a gorgeous interior, and mini-S-Class styling.

The Lexus IS is fun to drive as well, though power isn't a match for most rivals.

There's also the Audi A4, which tends to attract MBAs and partner-track types.

The Cadillac ATS might be the Q50's closest rival, with a similar blend of design and handling, though it is a bit smaller inside than the Infiniti.

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 3.0t 4002016 INFINITI Q50
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2016 BMW 3-Series2016 BMW 3-Series
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2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan2016 Cadillac ATS
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2016 Lexus IS (IS 200t)2016 Lexus IS
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2016 Infiniti Q50 is an appealing luxury sedan with improved power and more feel in its "steer-by-wire" system, but a bit more enthusiast flavor would make it a better sport sedan.
8.2
The 2016 Audi A4 is still a handsome, strong competitor with solid fuel economy and good power from its lone engine, even as the current generation comes to a close.
8.2
The 2016 BMW 3-Series delivers outstanding performance and comfort in a tastefully understated package.
8.6
The 2016 Cadillac ATS meets all the benchmarks for performance, features, and driving dynamics, and it somehow emerges to market with a little more soul than most of its key rivals.
8.0
The 2016 Lexus IS doesn't quite hit the high-water mark set by German rivals, but it's a pleasantly capable compact luxury car.
9.0
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one very charming luxury car; in AMG trim, it's risen above and beyond Bavarian levels of handling.
MSRP From     
$33,950$35,900$33,150$33,215$37,325$38,950
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 2.0t Base RWDCVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door Sedan 320i RWD4-Door Sedan 2.5L Standard RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanFrontTrak SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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