Dec
21
Q50 vs Q60

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 (top) vs Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

Let’s face it… the luxury-brand midsize sport-sedan and sporty-coupe segments aren’t exactly on fire these days. Even when it comes to performance-focused premium vehicles, the majority of American shoppers prefer crossover SUVs over traditional passenger cars. Infiniti knows this as well as any brand; all of its most-recent product launches—the redesigned-for-2019 QX50, the new-for-2022 QX55, and the redesigned-for-2022 QX60—are crossover SUVs. The Q50 sedan and its Q60 two-door coupe counterpart are the only traditional passenger cars in Infiniti’s model roster, and even within their respective classes (we categorize the Q50 as a premium midsize car and the Q60 as a premium sporty/performance car), they are pretty elderly players. The Q50 dates back to the 2014 model year and has not seen any major revisions other than updated powertrain offerings. The Q60 coupe debuted for 2017, on Q50-based architecture, and likewise has not seen significant updates since.

For 2021, both cars continue to offer a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that makes 300 horsepower in standard form, or a healthy 400 hp in the top-line performance-oriented Red Sport 400 models. A 7-speed automatic transmission is standard on all, and all-wheel drive is available on all models as an option to rear-wheel drive.

Neither car changes much at all for 2022. The Q50 gets a pared-down model lineup, modest trim changes (a Saddle Brown upholstery color is available, open-pore wood trim, and an updated HVAC system with an air purifier). The Q60 is unchanged for 2022, save for the addition of wireless Apple CarPlay as a standard feature.

Given the overall direction the new-vehicle market is headed, and the state of the Infiniti brand as of late, it seems likely that the Q50 and Q60 won’t live to see another generation, at least not in their current form. These Infinitis don’t trump their Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Lexus rivals in any significant way, but their attractive styling (particularly when comparing the Q50 to BMW’s “in-your-face” 4-Series models) and luxurious interiors still hold a lot of appeal.

 

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Though their family resemblance is clear, there are several subtle differences between the Q50’s and Q60’s front-fascia treatments.

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The Q50 Red Sport 400 comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, while the Q60 Red Sport gets standard 20-inch sport alloy wheels. Our Q60 tester was further upgraded with the 20-inch accessory wheels ($1790) shown here.

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Things are more or less identical under the hood—the Red Sport 400’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 puts out 400 horsepower and emits a satisfying growl at full throttle.

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Q50 vs Q60

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Though the Q50 and Q60 interiors both have a convincingly upscale feel thanks to their premium materials and trim details such as carbon-fiber accents and classy contrast stitching, the control layout and twin-screen infotainment system are dated compared to newer-design rivals.

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Both the Q50 and Q60 have comfortable front seats with bolsters that offer decent support in spirited driving without being confining on long road trips.

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The lower overall profile of the Q60 is apparent when comparing the door panels.

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Not surprisingly, the Q50’s rear seat is more spacious and much easier to access than the Q60’s.

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Q50 vs Q60

Q50 vs Q60

Though they look somewhat comparable in these photos, the Q50 handily trumps the Q60 in trunk space: 13.5 cubic feet, compared to 8.7 cubic feet.

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2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 in Slate Gray

 2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 AWD

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 377

Fuel used: 16.4 gallons

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortB-
Power and PerformanceB+
Fit and FinishB+
Fuel EconomyC
ValueC-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyC
Tall GuyB
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Drivetrain
Engine Specs400-hp 3.0-liter
Engine Typetwin-turbo V6
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive WheelsAWD

Real-world fuel economy: 23.0 mpg

Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 19/26/22 (mpg city, highway, combined)

Fuel typePremium gas required

Base price: $57,750 (not including $1025 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Cargo Package ($270), rear USB charging ports ($145), Infiniti Radiant illuminated kick plates ($485),  Infiniti Radiant exterior welcome lighting ($465), Carbon Fiber Package ($1520), premium paint ($695)

Price as tested: $62,355

 

Quick Hits

The great: Gutsy engine; classy interior; relatively spacious cabin

The good: All-wheel-drive traction is available on every model; decent ride/handling balance, attractive styling

The not so good: Aged basic design; spendy options drive up bottom-line price

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2021 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

2021 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 in Majestic White

2021 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 AWD

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 148

Fuel used: 8.0 gallons

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortC+
Power and PerformanceB+
Fit and FinishB+
Fuel EconomyC
ValueC-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyB
Tall GuyB-
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Drivetrain
Engine Specs400-hp 3.0-liter
Engine Typetwin-turbo V6
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive WheelsAWD

Real-world fuel economy: 18.5 mpg

Driving mix: 70% city, 30% highway

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 19/26/21 (mpg city, highway, combined)

Fuel typePremium gas required

Base price: $60,100 (not including $1025 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Illuminated kick plates ($420), Cargo Package ($310), Infiniti Radiant exterior welcome lighting ($465), 20-inch accessory wheel ($1790), Carbon Fiber Package ($2280), premium paint ($695)

Price as tested: $67,085

 

Quick Hits

The great: Gutsy engine; upscale cabin trim; sexy styling

The good: all-wheel-drive traction; decent ride, good front-seat room

The not so good: Aged basic design; stingy trunk; spendy options drive up bottom-line price

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