Her + His Car Reviews

2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD

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Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
$61,710 $61,710
Performance
Loving the power, acceleration and precise handling with its Direct Adaptive Steering. The 2018 is equipped with a 3.0 litreV6 twin-turbo engine that has 400 horses - super empowered. The engine is paired to a 7 speed automatic transmission and has mounted paddle shifters. The Q5O flaunts 19" alloys tire and sport brakes wearing racy red calipers, a nice accent.

The Infiniti Dynamic Digital Suspension adjusts body and ride rigidity in order to optimize cornering. The system easily assess body roll to give a customized ride and handling. The Q50 400 provides Standard mode for comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes are for a sportier performance and drive.
Powered by the 400 horsepower, 3.0 liter, v-6 twin turbo engine that produces 350 lb/-ft. of torque.

You do the math! One word: F-a-a-s-t! And the brakes, steering and handling are all way above par, thanks very much.
Fuel Economy
22 miles overall/19 city miles/26 highway miles - not stellar in this category. This car is rated at 11 miles per gallon overall, 19 cities and 26 highways. But we were able to get a couple extra miles per gallon out of it and we were not always backing off the accelerator pedal, so take that for what it is worth! The Feds say you will spend $2,750 more in fuel costs over five years compared with the average new vehicle, and it takes 4.5 gallons to drive 100 miles in this car. Annual fuel cost is $1,900 based on $15,000 miles driven annually with gasoline costing $2.80 per gallon.
The Car
The Car & The Cabin. It's all so sleek and luxurious simultaneously. While there aren't many updates in the vehicle since last years model, Infinity has done such an impeccable job with detail - the quilted aniline leather seats are fitted and secure the driver well. Manual leg extension lessens fatigue. Heated and cooled sets with lumbar support for a better longer drive. The Accents of chrome trim throughout appeal to the eye and soften the interior. The luxe look feels of quality throughout the car.

Back seat drivers are welcomed by extra space of comfort and there is no scrimping of space and larger doors. Good trunk space - one of the most spacious in the small luxury class. Tilt and telescopic steering column provides a personalized drive. Aluminum front doorsill kick plate with light to showcase signature INFINITI logo. Extended-moonroof. Collapsible side mirrors. Absolutely no spare tire - be forewarned.
Infiniti products are a kind of luxury boutique flavored lineup of vehicles. They usually have an extra dose of interior luxury that look as though they are hand sewn with a kind of English bespoke flair to them. They certainly are powerful--pulling away from the crowd is never a problem. And they have distinctive, resolutely Japanese exteriors. And one more thing: That exhaust note! Like nothing else on the market and you will hear it from quite a distance away. The Red Sport builds on that with extra performance features, limited production desirability and a certain air of brutish elegance.
Safety
The Q50 has plenty of safety features, Starting with all the Air Bags, Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist, Auto on Headlights, Daylight Running Lights. Night Vision, Rollover Protection System. Front and Rear Two Hooks with Traction Control, Emergency Trunk Release, Blind Spot monitoring, LATCH Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children, Lane Departure Warming, Lane Keeping Assist, Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Cross Traffic Alert - what a greatt assortment of top safety line up features. Actually this car is pretty well equipped. Along with the usual air bags, you get antilock brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, vehicle dynamic control that also includes a traction control system, a vehicle security system, blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert, backup collision intervention system, and Forward Emergency Braking.
Technology
This vehicle is a technological wonder. Starting with the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, supported by front and rear sonar systems. There is feedback both ways on the dual touch-screen InTouch™ infotainment system with voice recognition which requires a higher learning curve for users. Bluetooth Hands Free Phone System hands free text messaging assistant. Streaming audio via Bluetooth. The Bose Sound system with an amazing 16 speakers. Simply feel the sound and you are there. Sirius XM Satellite radio with 3 months for service only, includes Travel and Traffic Links It's amazing, and gives ample reason to sit inside the cabin, turn up the volume, close your eyes, and enjoy the audio before hitting the start button. Advanced Front Lighting Systems with auto-leveling headlights. Included is High Beam Assist, Eco Pedal and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belt. Paddle shifters for that extra edge to simulate manual transmission. While the Q50 Red Sport is the crème de la crème of the Q50 lineup, we're certain that some of you swallowed hard when you saw that price tag: $61,000 plus some!

But have no fear. Though some of the other models may not be quite as fast or responsive as the Red Sport, they are a joy to drive and a terrific entry level sport sedan lineup in any case. With that in mind, let's start out with the Q50 2.0t.

With this one, you will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional.

Next up is the 2.0 Pure. Unusual name, admittedly, but equally lovely as the other models. You will get 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, dual touchscreen displays (8-inch upper and 7-inch lower), and a six-speaker CD player with two USB ports and satellite radio. The 2.0t Luxe variant adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof and maple wood interior accents.

Want to move a little more briskly? Take a look at a 3.0t. It has a turbocharged 3.0-liter, 300 horsepower, and you can, if you wish order all wheel drive version. Buying the 3.0 Sport gets you 19-inch wheels, performance tires, leather upholstery and additional front seat adjustments.

And that brings us to the subject of our road test, the Red Sport 400. you get a thunderous 400 horsepower V6 with 19 inch wheels that include rims that are wider in the rear. Other standard features are adjustable suspension settings, transmission paddle shifters, quilted leather upholstery, dark chrome and red stitching interior accents, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a navigation system. The Red Sport 400 also offers a host of driver aids, including a top-down parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Aesthetics & Styling
The Q50 Red Sport 400 is an exceptional athletic, bold performance sedan. The lines and accentuating shoulders of this mid sized vehicle with an aggressive grille, leave owners proud and thrilled to get behind the wheel - each and every time. Classic and upscale.
Warranty
4 Year/60,000 Mile Basic Limited Warranty Coverage. 6 Year/70,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. 7 Year Unlimited Mileage Corrosion Limited Mileage Warranty. 24 Hour Roadside Assistance. Complimentary Service Loan Car. 4 years/60,000 mile basic limited warranty along with a six year, 70,000-mile warranty on the powertrain.

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