2021 INFINITI Q50 vs. Its Competition

2021 Infiniti Q50
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Though no competitor matches the Q50’s 300 horsepower in base configuration, there are plenty of reasons to add Europe and Detroit’s best to your shopping list.

The BMW 3-Series is as good as ever thanks to a recent redesign, though good look finding one for much under $50,000.

So too the Mercedes C-Class with its evocative lines and class-up in-cabin tech.

The Audi A4 is ready for a redo, but you’d hardly know it.

This compact four-door remains a delight.

The Volvo S60’s now made in America, and it’s quicker and more brassy than before—and has a plug-in option.

Don’t forget the Cadillac CT4; it’ll take some finagling to get the options right, but this rear-drive sedan can be a rewarding choice and a good value.

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#3 in Wagons
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Quick Specs
6.0
The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is a sleek, entertaining sedan, but it’s lagging behind newer rivals in comfort and handling.
6.7
The 2021 Audi A4 blends a conservative luxury compact car with spicy performance and robust wagon flavors.
7.7
The flexible 2021 BMW 3-Series lineup offers something for everyone, so long as they’re not smitten with SUVs.
6.2
The 2021 Cadillac CT4 is well-equipped and fun to drive, making it a good small sedan choice.
7.2
Svelte, sporty, and somewhat understated, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class should be at the top of your compact luxury sedan shopping list.
7.7
The 2021 Volvo S60 puts power in balance with grace.
MSRP From     
$36,600$39,100$41,250$33,395$41,600$38,950
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
3.0t PURE RWDPremium 40 TFSI quattro330i Sedan4-Door Sedan LuxuryC 300 SedanT5 FWD Momentum
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedanquattro SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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