Infiniti Q50 Hybrid – Review
New models of the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid were released for model years 2014 through 2018. Although the hybrid model has been discontinued in favor of all-electric models, it remains a high-quality LEV in 2022. At Ray Catena Auto Group, our expert staff can help you choose the hybrid LEV that fits your preferences.
When Infiniti first unveiled the Q50 Hybrid in 2013, it set a new standard for luxury hybrid vehicles. The Japanese manufacturer continued to release new models of the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid through the 2018 model year. Infiniti has now turned its attention to the all-electric QX Inspiration and QS Inspiration models, set for release in 2022 or 2023. Although the Q50 hybrid has not received a refresh in several years, it still remains a top-quality luxury hybrid. Drivers looking to enjoy their first taste of what a luxury electric vehicle can offer should surely consider the Q50 hybrid. Here is a review of all the highlights that this hybrid model offers.
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is a full hybrid model. This means, unlike a plug-in hybrid, it does not need to charge at an electric charging station. Instead, the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid System uses a gas-powered engine to charge the vehicle’s electric battery.
The Hybrid System enables the Q50 to operate much more efficiently than a gas sedan would. The Q50 Hybrid gets an impressive 36 MPG on the highway, for a total range of 458 miles on a full tank of gas.
One advantage of having a gas-powered engine means the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid has more power than similar models. The Q50 hybrid model boasts 360 horsepower. This engine is able to accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 MPH.
Because it’s an Infinity, drivers can also trust that the Q50 will provide excellent handling and comfort in all conditions. Even the 2018 model is remarkably strong by today’s EV standards.
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid features a visually striking exterior design. A large grille with a centered insignia is framed on both sides by slanted beam headlights. The curvature of the car’s frame blends seamlessly into the rear for peak aerodynamic performance.
The car’s interior is a fine example of understated luxury. A dual touchscreen infotainment system sits flush in the center console for easy access. The synthetic leather seats are comfortable and supportive, and the cabin is deceptively spacious and cozy. The Q50 seats five with ease, though the front seats are slightly roomier than the rear of the cabin.
Despite being an older model, the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is still equipped with excellent advanced safety features. These include a lane departure warning system, blind-spot warning, and forward collision detection with automatic braking. Available options also include heated seats and a heated steering wheel for even greater comfort in cold climates.
The 2018 Q50 does not have quite as many bells and whistles as most 2022 models. But it still offers plenty of features that will keep drivers safe and comfortable while on the road.
Cost of Ownership
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is one of the most affordable luxury electric vehicles available, starting at just $30,000.
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