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2016 Infiniti Q50 Review

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 finishes near the bottom of our class rankings. Whether you're interested in performance or interior quality, there are many better options in the luxury small car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Many available active safety features
  • Unwieldy infotainment system
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Low reliability rating

New for 2016

  • Updated version of Direct Adaptive Steering
  • New turbocharged four-cylinder base engine
  • Twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 replaces 3.7-liter naturally-aspirated V6
  • New 400-horsepower Red Sport 400 trim




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2016 Infiniti Q50 Overview

Is the 2016 Infiniti Q50 a Good Used Car?

The Infiniti Q50 is an OK car, but it doesn't live up to the standards set by many other luxury small cars. The Q50 has powerful engines, high safety scores, and a lot of available driver assistance features. However, it lacks the interior quality and user-friendly technology of some rivals.

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How Much Is the 2016 Infiniti Q50?

Based on the more than 350 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $20,600 and $39,000 for a used 2016 Q50. The average list price for a Q50 on our site is around $26,500. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used Q50 you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Cost to Own?

As of this writing, five-year cost estimates for the 2016 Infiniti Q50 are not available.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q50?

With an average price of around $26,500, a used 2016 Infiniti Q50 will save you around $8,000 compared to the starting price of a 2018 Q50. The 2018 model offers a Wi-Fi hot spot (unavailable in the 2016), but there are no major differences in terms of performance, fuel economy, or interior space. With that in mind, you're better off shopping used. You can put the money you save toward any repairs that might come up.

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The only new luxury small car that won't cost you significantly more than a 2016 Q50 is the 2018 Acura ILX, which starts around $28,000. However, the ILX is one of the lowest-rated cars in the class. It delivers uninspiring performance, has few standard features, and feels less upscale than rivals.

If you'd strongly prefer a new car, you might want to consider a midsize car from a nonluxury brand, such as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. These vehicles are bigger than the Q50, deliver fairly engaging driving experiences, and have comfortable, feature-laden interiors. They also both start at less than $24,000.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Infiniti Q50?

The Q50 earns a reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's a below-average score for the industry in general, and it's one of the lowest scores in the luxury small car class.

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2016 Infiniti Q50 Recalls

As of this writing, there are three safety recalls on the 2016 Infiniti Q50. One involves the fuel pump control software causing the car to stall, another has to do with a lack of steering wheel responsiveness involving Direct Adaptive Steering, and another deals with the passenger side air bag accidently disabling. Before buying a used Infiniti Q50, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti Q50 Is Best?

The 2016 model is part of the Q50's first generation, which began with the 2014 model and includes the 2018 model. There are a few differences between the 2016 model and the previous years. The 2016 model features a turbo-four base engine, replaced the naturally aspirated V6 with a twin-turbo V6, and introduced the 400-horsepower Red Sport 400 trim. All Q50 models have similar scores in our rankings. Because of these similarities, you shouldn’t limit your search to just one model year; you can save a lot of money by going for an older Q50.

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Which Used Infiniti Q50 Model Is Right for Me?

The Infiniti Q50 comes in five trims: 2.0t, 2.0t Premium, 3.0t Premium, 3.0t Sport, and 3.0t Red Sport 400. The 2.0t trim features a four-cylinder engine, while the 3.0t trim features a V6. There are also a few option packages that add different features. The Red Sport 400 has the most powerful engine, but most drivers won't need all that power. The 3.0t Premium offers the most bang for your buck; it has a strong engine and is available with a wide range of tech features.

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What Does Infiniti's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Infiniti offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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. Infiniti CPO vehicles also receive free maintenance for one year. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption coverage may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

Infiniti has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus and Audi are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the Q50?

The 2016 Q50 has an excellent safety rating. It received a rating of Good (the highest possible) in every test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it earned five out of five stars in every National Highway Traffic Safety Administration test.

A rearview camera comes standard. A surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, backup collision intervention, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist with active lane control are available.

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2016 Infiniti Q50 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti Q50 or 2016 Audi A4?

No matter what you value most in a car, the Audi A4 is a solid choice. It has a strong engine that delivers good acceleration, and the high-performance S4 trim ups the ante over the standard A4 in terms of acceleration and power. The ride is comfortable, and those looking for a sporty drive will appreciate its agile handling. The A4's cabin is arguably the best in the class. The front and rear seats are spacious, and the front seats offer enough support to keep you comfortable on long trips. The A4 also has above-average reliability for the class. All things considered, the A4 is the better choice between these two cars.

Which Is Better: 2016 Infiniti Q50 or 2016 BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series has a starting price that's similar to the Q50's, but the 3 Series features a more diverse engine lineup. The 3 Series offers a couple of fuel-efficient turbo-fours and a powerful turbocharged V6, in addition to the high-performance BMW M3. It's also available with a turbodiesel engine or a plug-in hybrid powertrain, both of which have excellent fuel economy. No matter which engine you choose, the 3 Series has the handling chops to cut up curvy roads, and it delivers a smooth ride over most road surfaces. The cabin is smartly designed, and the infotainment system is more user-friendly than many rivals’ systems. The Q50 is a nice car, but the 3 Series is better.

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2016 Q50 Performance

How Does the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Drive?

The 2016 Q50 comes standard with a 208-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 300 or 400 horsepower (depending on the trim) is available. The Q50 Hybrid features a V6 and an electric motor that combine to put out 360 horsepower. All powertrains are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The turbo-four moves the Q50 well, while the V6 and hybrid powertrains have enough power to throw you back in your seat when you hit the gas pedal. This Infiniti delivers a ride that's firm but not uncomfortable, thanks to its sport-tuned suspension. It handles well, though there are rivals that are more fun to drive. Infiniti claims its Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) system improves the driving experience, but reviews are mixed on its feel.

Does the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Q50 gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with its turbo-four engine, which is slightly worse gas mileage than many competitors. With the V6, it gets 19/28 mpg city/highway in 300-horsepower models and 20/26 mpg city/highway in 400-horsepower models. The Q50 Hybrid gets the best ratings in the lineup: 28 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Q50 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Q50 Seat?

The 2016 Q50 seats five. The standard seats lack adequate support, but the available sport seats have more bolstering. The front seats have ample room for most people, but the rear seats will feel short on headroom for taller adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Infiniti Q50?

The Q50 has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the third-row middle seat.

2016 Infiniti Q50 Features

Standard features in the 2016 Q50 include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, and Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system with voice recognition, an 8-inch upper touch screen, a 7-inch lower touch screen, and smartphone app integration.

Available features include an upgraded climate control system with an air purifier, a moonroof, navigation, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

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2016 Infiniti Q50 Dimensions

Infiniti Q50 Cargo Space

The 2016 Q50 has 13.2 or 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, depending on the engine. The Q50 Hybrid has just 9.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Nonhybrid Q50 models have more space than many rivals, but the hybrid's trunk is one of the smallest in the class.

2016 Q50 Length and Weight

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 is nearly 16 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,662 to 4,005 pounds, depending on the model.

Where Was the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Built?

The 2016 Infiniti Q50 was built in Tochigi, Japan.

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