7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Review

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has strong acceleration, according to automotive journalists, but its numb steering makes it dull to drive and it has limited trunk space. It also gets low fuel economy for a hybrid car.

Pros & Cons

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

2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Overview

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is powered by a V6 engine and an electric motor, and test drivers said the combination provides impressive acceleration. The Q50 Hybrid gets excellent fuel economy for a V6-powered 2014 car at an EPA-estimated 29/36 mpg city/highway, however, that estimate is low for a 2014 hybrid. The Q50 Hybrid comes standard with an automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. Critics said the Q50 Hybrid has a smooth ride and controlled handling. However, reviewers complained that the steering feels very numb and diminishes the driving experience.

The interior of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has first-rate materials, great build quality and a handsome design, critics said. According to auto writers, the back seat offers plenty of room for all but the tallest passengers. The Q50 Hybrid has a small trunk, even by hybrid standards. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Bose audio system, satellite radio, a moonroof and a dual-screen infotainment system. Available features include adaptive cruise control, navigation, a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The infotainment system is user-friendly, auto writers said, thanks to straightforward on-screen menus and redundant audio and climate controls that don't require the touch screen.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2014 Lexus ES Hybrid has much higher fuel economy than the Q50 Hybrid. Though it isn't as powerful as the Q50 Hybrid, reviewers said the ES Hybrid has adequate acceleration. The ES Hybrid also has a larger trunk than the Q50 Hybrid.

The diesel-powered 2014 BMW 328d gets higher fuel economy and has a larger trunk than the Q50 Hybrid. The BMW 3-Series has very agile handling, critics reported, and it provides an engaging driving experience.

Compare the Q50 Hybrid, ES Hybrid and 3-Series »

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