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MSRP: $39,650

Tested Price: $42,705 (Premium Plus Package, $2,150; destination fee, $905)

Fuel Economy:  22mpg city; 28 mpg highway; 24 mpg combined

 

What You Need To Know

  • The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine delivers 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque.
  • Power is managed through a seven-speed automatic transmission.
  • Sunroof, keyless ignition and access all come standard at this trim level.

What's to Like

  • While there are faster luxury sedans out there, this small displacement motor has just enough muscle for speedy passing in emergency situations.
  • Off-the-line sprints won't beat most sport cars, however this sedan is so comfortable, you'll probably opt to just cruise.
  • Noise, vibration, and harshness (known as NVH among engineers) is kept to a minimum. The result is a quiet cabin, even on harshly paved roads.
  • Ample amount of legroom in the rear seat for adult-sized passengers.
  • Leatherette seating surfaces trick the senses into believing the interior is covered in real hide.

What Needs Improvement

  • On exit ramps at high speeds, the car tends to understeer due to its forward-biased weight distribution.
  • While the high-resolution infotainment display is pleasing to the eye, the navigation application blemishes the experience. Numerous times, the system picked the least commonsensical routes, regardless of traveling preferences set within the program (speed, distance, avoid tolls, etc.)
  • At this price point, where's the panoramic sunroof?

Value Retention

To get an idea of how well the 2016 Infiniti Q50 holds its value, we looked at the three-year-old luxury compact car segment data our analysts crunch on a daily basis. If history is an indicator of future performance, owners of the 2016 Q50 should expect their sedan to hold about 47.8% of its value three years from now. The average for our segment, which consists of nine vehicles, is 46.9%.