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Should You Consider Infiniti?

The Infiniti brand was introduced three decades ago by parent company Nissan as an upscale luxury competitor to the likes of Honda’s Acura and Toyota’s Lexus. For a long time, the brand differentiated itself from the other Japanese luxury marques by offering loud, powerful, rear-wheel drive biased sedans and SUVs in segments where the competition had less ostentatious offerings, although recently the brand has lost some of this identity that made it unique. Nonetheless, the brand still offers a variety of compelling crossovers along with strong offerings in the mid- and full-size sedan segment, as well. Here we’ll take a look at some of the brand’s standout models to help you determine if your search for a new car should involve a trip to the Infiniti dealer.

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

The Q50 is a midsize sedan and competes with vehicles like the Lexus IS and the BMW 3-Series. Built on a RWD platform, but also available with all-wheel drive, the Q50 is offered with two engines: one geared toward efficiency and the other raw power. On the efficient end is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder sourced from Mercedes-Benz. In the Q50, this powerplant puts out 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while returning a respectable 30 miles per gallon in combined driving with standard RWD, or 28 mpg with optional AWD. Step up to the available 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, and you’re looking at 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque in basic trims, or 400 hp and 350 lb-ft in the performance-oriented Q50 Red Sport, which goes from 0-to-60 mph in 4.5 seconds all for just over $50,000.

All told, while it doesn’t offer the name recognition or cutting-edge modern design of its German competitors, the Q50 is an excellent value, especially when looking at its top-of-the-line performance trim. Find an Infiniti Q50 for sale

Infiniti QX50

Infiniti QX50

Competing with the likes of the Acura RDX and the Lexus NX, the QX50 is the newest vehicle in the Infiniti lineup, and represents a massive improvement over the outgoing Q50, which was known as the EX when it first went on sale back in 2008. The new Q50 sees the first production-application of the brand’s new “variable compression” engine technology, that can tailor itself for either power or fuel efficiency based on current driving demands. This means the QX50 makes 268 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine while still returning an EPA-rated 24 mpg city/ 30 mpg hwy/26 mpg combined for AWD models, and 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined with FWD.

Inside, the QX50 has a dual-screen center stack and incorporates the latest iteration of Infiniti’s flowy design language. All of the latest active safety features are available, and the brand’s Pro Pilot Assist feature is optional on the top of the line Essential trim. The QX50 also rectifies one of its predecessor’s biggest shortcomings, offering a spacious backseat and a rear cargo area with room for 50% more stuff. Pricing for the QX50 starts at $37,545 while a fully loaded example reaches about $60,000. Find an Infiniti QX50 for sale

Infiniti QX60

Infiniti QX60

The QX60 is a 3-row family-oriented crossover and competes with vehicles like the Acura MDX, the Mazda CX-9 and the Buick Enclave. Based on a stretched version of the Nissan Murano platform, the QX60 offers room for up to seven passengers. Powering the QX60 is a 3.5-liter V6 making 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque and paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. FWD is standard while AWD is available for an additional $1,800. FWD models return 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined, while AWD models achieve 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined. A hybrid used to be available, but was discontinued after the 2017 model year.

Notable features available on the QX60 include remote start, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a surround-view camera, a rear seat entertainment system, a motion-activated rear lift gate, a panoramic sunroof and heated second row seats. Some driver-assistance safety features come standard, but to get the full suite, buyers have to opt for the $1,850 Pro Assist package for the full range, which adds items like intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams.

The QX60 starts at around $46,000 and tops out at around $62,000 when fully loaded. Find an Infiniti QX60 for sale

Infiniti QX80

Infiniti QX80

The QX80 is a full-size behemoth of an SUV powered by an old-school 5.6-liter V8 engine making 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. While it allows the QX80 to tow a respectable 8,500 pounds, the V8 is thirsty, returning a weak 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy/16 mpg combined with RWD or an even weaker 13 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/15 combined with 4-wheel drive.

The QX80 is big on comfort, with an interior that is well-built, despite being a little dated. Items like a power lift gate, a 13-speaker Bose audio system and a 360-degree camera with moving object detection are standard, while upper trims and packages add features like adaptive headlights, a smart rearview mirror, and a hydraulic body roll control system, along with upscale interior materials. Like on other models in the lineup, a Pro Assist package is required for active safety items like blind spot monitoring,

The 2019 QX80 starts out at about $66,000 and reaches a whopping $94,000 in fully loaded Limited trim. Find an Infiniti QX80 for sale

Autotrader Says

Overall, despite the brand’s lack of identity in recent years, Infiniti has compelling offerings in many of the market’s most competitive segments. Altogether, the brand offers a wide range of vehicles at a good value. Find an Infiniti for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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