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2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid was new.


Performance: 7.2

Test drivers are impressed by the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid’s strong powertrain and say that the transition between gas and electric power is seamless. Reviewers agree that the Q50 Hybrid’s ride is composed and comfortable. However, many dislike the adaptive steering system, which they say makes the car feel disconnected from the road. 

  • "Step hard on the skinny pedal, and it's clear that there's more than enough thrust to back up the look. Acceleration comes in a smooth, linear rush, with the zero-to-60 mph sprint taking a claimed 5.5 seconds." -- Left Lane News
  • “The Q50 drives with a secure, surefooted and swift grasp of the road." -- AutoTrader
  • "It also feels good, with power all over the rev range and the ability to start off under electric-only motivation, not to mention the ability to sail under battery power on slight freeway descents." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power 

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and an electric motor that make 360 horsepower combined. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard. The rear-wheel drive Q50 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 29/36 mpg city/highway, which is exceptional for an upscale midsize car.

Most test drivers say the Q50 Hybrid accelerates briskly thanks to its robust hybrid powertrain, which has plenty of oomph. Several reviewers note that the transition between gas and electric power is hardly noticeable. One critic notes that the automatic transmission isn’t as refined as that in the gas-only Q50. 

  • "Neither Q50 models are slouches: The internal combustion 328-hp 7-speed lineup produces brisk acceleration and smooth shifts, while the Hybrid models deliver even more grunt thanks to their total output of 360 hp." -- AutoTrader
  • "More interesting is the 3.5-liter V6 teamed to an electric motor in the Q50 Hybrid. With a combined output of 360 horsepower, this is one hybrid that won't become the punch line of anti-environmentalist jokes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite the 3.5-liter's 360 hp in the hybrid, it isn't as much of a powerhouse as its gas-only sibling. It's still strong, but not nearly as smooth; shifts feel much more abrupt." -- Cars.com
  • "You may demand my Jalop card after you read this, but I liked the hybrid version better. It's seamless in its transition from electric to gas, and it can run on pure EV mode at low speeds and on the highway. All it really does is add a bunch of power and improve fuel economy, and if you turn off the energy display menu on the screen above the steering wheel, you never know it's there." -- Jalopnik

Handling and Braking

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional. All Q50 Hybrids come with Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS), which allows drivers to customize the car’s steering effort and turning radius. Most reviewers dislike this system, saying that they were unable to dial in the right steering effort. They add that the steering seems artificial and lacks feedback, detracting from driver engagement. One test driver says that handling is responsive and controlled, and that the Q50 Hybrid offers a comfortable ride.

  • "We have no trouble believing that a driver comfortable with DAS may actually turn in a slightly quicker lap time on a roadcourse. But we'll happily give up those few tenths for better communication, as this system just doesn't offer the feedback of even a good electronically assisted rack. Nor did we find a happy personalized setting for weight, which varies from light and overassisted to leaden." -- Autoblog
  • "Dynamically speaking, there's no drop off from the excellent body control and quick reflexes of the G37, but the real news is how a better-dampened ride and more coddling cabin conspire to create a feeling of consummate luxury that was absent before." -- Left Lane News
  • "Like I said, it's better than the soulless robot-car steering I was expected, but if I had this as an option, I think I would come to hate it eventually. Its goal is to divorce the driver from the road, and it succeeds. Can such a car really be called a driver's car?" -- Jalopnik
  • "Even on its most comfortable setting, DAS offers surprisingly heavy steering feel. Standard on Hybrid models, DAS further snuffs the stereotype that such mileage-maxers must sacrifice performance for fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book

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