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CPO 2017 Infiniti Q50: Initial Impressions

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author photo by Tommy Flanagan October 2017

The Q50 is Infiniti's entry in the luxury sport segment, which is starting to gain popularity once again. The first thing that caught my attention was its curb appeal. It's definitely a looker, one of the best-looking sedans I've driven in a while. When parked in the sun, the car really stands out in Iridium Blue with its smoky gray wheels. The curves in the sheet metal and the rear-arching crescent window truly complement the appearance of the 2017 Infiniti Q50.

After driving our certified pre-owned Q50 S 3.0T for a few days, I'm starting to feel that Infiniti put more emphasis on luxury than sport. The zero-gravity seats were comfortable enough and didn't make my back hurt, since I could adjust the lumbar to my liking. Rear legroom is a bit lacking for taller people, and the sweeping roofline makes getting into the back a bit harder for taller folks.

All the techie gadgetry you get with the car definitely takes a bit of a learning curve to figure out. Something that should be easy to figure out, like increasing the volume on the navigation, took more time to figure out than I liked. I found it buried deep in a settings folder, not in the navigation system itself. Another major disappointment was the so-called performance data screen. There's a complete lack of anything performance-related in this tool other than g-force. I expected something to give me feedback on my driving, not mpg data. Sheesh! Overall, the infotainment system is too busy. You have controls for it on the dash, steering wheel and center console. Something a bit more central would be nice.

My biggest dislike so far was the Sport and Sport+ modes. They're anything but. Other than just a little (and I mean little) more oomph, you get no real sport feel. I didn't see a blip on the tachometer, nor did the exhaust tone get any deeper. I wasn't expecting a Corvette-like tone, but I wanted something a bit more aggressive to hear.

Overall, I like the 2017 Infiniti Q50. I'm sure more time behind the wheel will give me more time to figure out its not-so-user-friendly infotainment system. I also averaged 21 mpg in combined city/highway traffic. Not bad for an all-wheel-drive V6.

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