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2014 Infiniti Q50 Review

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 earns good safety scores, but an abysmal reliability rating knocks it toward the bottom of our luxury small car rankings. On the plus side, the Q50's cabin has high-quality materials and good seating space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Upscale cabin quality
  • Muted handling
  • Terrible reliability




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Infiniti Q50 Overview

Is the 2014 Infiniti Q50 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Q50 is a mediocre car, even if you ignore its terrible reliability rating. A powerful V6 engine delivers good acceleration, but handling can feel disconnected and dull. Standard features like an intuitive infotainment system make the Q50 more bearable as a daily driver, however.

Used 2014 Infiniti Q50 Performance and Interior

Under the hood of the new-for-2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan is a 328-horsepower V6 engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain delivers plenty of muscle whether you're accelerating off the line or making high-speed passing maneuvers. With rev-matching technology, the Q50's transmission manages downshifts for further boosts of acceleration. Fuel economy estimates range from 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway with standard rear-wheel drive to 19/27 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive.

Despite laudable engine power, the Q50's performance scores are hurt by its handling and driving dynamics. It corners with balance and poise but lacks the outright athleticism of other sporty small luxury cars. Q50 S models have a sport-tuned suspension, while all trims are available with Direct Adaptive Steering. This technology allows you to personalize steering effort and ratios but ultimately results in lack of feedback and numb handling.

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The Infiniti Q50 sedan seats five and comes with standard leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Some models have leather seats, front sport seats, and/or heated front seats. Front seat occupants enjoy spacious and comfortable accommodations, and the second row is roomy enough for adults. The Q50 has two sets of lower LATCH anchors and three upper tether anchors for installing child safety seats.

Standard features in the 2014 Q50 include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, push-button start, and the InTouch dual-screen infotainment system. Available features include a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, auto-dimming outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a split-folding rear seat, a 14-speaker Bose premium sound system, navigation, and parking sensors. The infotainment setup functions well, with quick processing times and clear menu layouts. For the tech-phobic, there are redundant physical controls for things like volume and climate adjustments.

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Used 2014 Infiniti Q50 Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Infiniti Q50 ranges from around $21,300 for a rear-wheel-drive base model to about $26,100 for an all-wheel-drive Infiniti Q50 Sport. Listings can fluctuate with demand, and prices vary depending on the car's mileage, features, and availability.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Infiniti Q50?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 Infiniti Q50 a reliability score of two out of five, which is the lowest rating a car can receive. Many cars in the class earn a reliability rating of above average or higher.

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How Safe Is the Q50?

The 2014 Q50 sedan earns a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It notched five stars in the side crash and rollover tests and four stars in the front crash test. At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Q50 received the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and a mark of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. The Q50 was also named a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature in the Q50, but it's available with nearly every advanced safety feature on the market, including adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and backup collision prevention.

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Should I Consider Another Used Q50?

The Infiniti Q50 was an all-new vehicle for the 2014 model year, replacing the G37 sedan. You'll likely save money by shopping for an inaugural Q50 instead of a more recent version. To see any major changes in the lineup, you have to look at the 2016 model. Infiniti introduced a new Red Sport performance trim, and two available engines replaced the V6, but those changes aren't enough to justify the higher price.

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Which Used Infiniti Q50 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is available in three trims: base, Premium, and Sport. All models come with a V6 engine and an automatic transmission, and all are available with rear- or all-wheel drive. We review the 2014 Q50 Hybrid separately.

The best combination of value and features is the AWD Premium model. All-wheel drive boosts the car's handling, and the Premium trim builds on the base model with amenities like heated front seats and a Bose sound system. Keep an eye out for models with leather seats, navigation, and a whole suite of driver assistance technologies.

Because of the Q50's poor reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. 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. Infiniti 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 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti Q50 or Cadillac ATS?

The 2014 Cadillac ATS gets great safety scores and slightly better (though still below average) reliability ratings than the Q50. Sharp handling contributes to the ATS' higher performance scores, though you'll want to avoid the mediocre base engine and find either a turbocharged or V6 variant. Inside, the ATS offers little in the way of rear-passenger space, and it lacks standard features found in the Q50, like an infotainment system. However, the ATS is a better overall choice, thanks to a lower average purchase price and lower ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti Q50 or 2014 Audi A4?

The 2014 Audi A4 is a better car than the Q50. The A4 zips along thanks to a peppy turbocharged engine, and it handles with agility. Enthusiasts should also appreciate the available manual transmission. Reliability is much better with the Audi than the Infiniti, but the A4 has one of the highest ownership costs in the class. The A4 has a more elegant cabin design, with premium materials like standard leather upholstery. It also offers ample room for passengers in all seats.

Which Is Better: 2014 Infiniti Q50 or 2014 Nissan Maxima?

Consider a 2014 Nissan Maxima over a Q50 if you want a well-rounded and practical daily driver and don't care about its badge. The Maxima's average purchase price and ownership costs are thousands less than those of the Q50. The Nissan also boasts an excellent reliability rating, but its safety scores leave much to be desired. A strong engine and engaging handling make the Maxima fun to drive, but despite its large car classification, it can feel short on passenger room. Still, the Maxima is a better buy than the Q50.

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