7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Review

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has an elegant cabin, quick acceleration, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Still, monotonous steering, minimal trunk space, and a below-average reliability score limits its appeal in such a competitive class – which is why it sits in the bottom third of our rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Potent acceleration
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Numb steering
  • Small trunk

2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is not a bad luxury small car, but that does not mean we recommend it. Many competitors have higher reliability scores, adequate cargo room, and well-weighted steering. While this hybrid has some good aspects, it does not live up to its competitors. 

The Q50 Hybrid has a single powertrain made up of a 360-horsepower V6 engine and an electric motor. Acceleration is strong, but the standard Direct Adaptive Steering – a digital steering system that has personalized steer-by-wire modes – does not have the best feedback. The brakes can also be grabby when coming to a complete stop. The Sport trim does not make much difference in overall performance. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available. The Q50 Hybrid gets 27-29 mpg in the city and 30-36 mpg on the highway, which is low fuel economy for a hybrid.

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The Q50 Hybrid has one of the nicest cabins in the class. Interior materials are soft to the touch, and some models amp up the sophistication and class with glossy wood and matte metal accents. Still, some competitors have a less conservative design, like the BMW 3 Series Hybrid. The standard InTouch infotainment system features two touch-screen displays that are intuitive and easy to use. The audio and climate controls are also logically arranged. The deep, wide front seats are especially comfortable, and the average passenger will have no problem fitting in the back row. The trunk space is small for both the luxury small car and hybrid classes, so do not plan on fitting much more than a half-dozen grocery bags in the trunk. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

All models include leather seats, push-button start, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated front seats, a moonroof, 7-inch and 8-inch dual touch screens, Bluetooth, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, and satellite radio. Some models include driver’s seat memory settings, sport seats, a heated steering wheel, and a navigation system.

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Used 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Prices

The used 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid ranges from $26,000 for the base model to $28,500 for the all-wheel-drive Sport trim.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid?

The 2014 Q50 Hybrid has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This score is average among all cars but low for the class. Rivals like the Lexus CT Hybrid (four out of five) get higher scores.

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How Safe Is the Q50 Hybrid?

The 2014 Q50 Hybrid was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It got a Good rating in four crash tests and an Acceptable rating in the small overlap front evaluation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Infiniti five out of five stars in rollover and side crash tests and four stars in front crash test – for an overall rating of five stars.

All models come with a rearview camera. Some models come with a 360-degree monitor, intelligent cruise control, blind spot warning, predictive forward collision warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, active lane control, and backup collision intervention.

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Should I Consider Another Used Q50 Hybrid?

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid's first generation began with the 2014 model year and includes the 2015 model year. Since the 2015 model year saw minimal changes, go for the 2014 model to save money.

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Which Used 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid comes in two trims: Premium and Sport. The performance enhancements added to the Sport trim are subpar at best and do not make a noticeable enough difference to justify the price increase. Go with the base trim; it has the same engine and plenty of features, including 7-inch and 8-inch dual touch screens, heated front seats, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats to satisfy the average buyer.

Looking to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle? The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid or 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid?

The 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid is a luxury midsize car with superior fuel efficiency, a better reliability rating, and higher safety scores. There is also more trunk space in the Lexus, but the Infiniti has a more user-friendly infotainment system. Both cars have premium interior materials, though the Infiniti has more space in the front seats and the Lexus has more room in the back. The Infiniti has much more horsepower (360 vs. 200), but handling isn't a strong suit in either car. You’ll get better acceleration from the Infiniti, but the Lexus is the better all-around car.

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid or 2014 Infiniti Q50?

The nonhybrid 2014 Infiniti Q50 only has two major advantages over the Q50 Hybrid: trunk space and performance. Still, there is not a large disparity between the two models. The trunk of the Q50 has 4 cubic feet more than the Q50 Hybrid, but the trunk opening is narrow. Otherwise, the Q50 Hybrid has a higher reliability rating and lower ownership costs, and both sedans have similar interior quality. Go with the hybrid.

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