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It may not be on the radar of a potential shopper like a BMW or Audi but this luxury sport car from Infiniti deserves attention. Oodles of it. Carrying over from last year mostly with little change, the Q50 is equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 twin-turbocharged engine blasting off 400 horsepower @ 6400 rpm and 350 pounds-feet of torque @ 5200 rpm. Available as a rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the lively midsize sedan is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Credit for the superbly accurate steering goes to a power-assist, rack-and-pinion system. Behind the wheels hide large rotors: front four-piston 14 inches at front and rear two-piston 13.8 inches to inspire confidence in the driver. Lest we forget, you can enjoy the Q50 in standard, eco, snow, sport, sport+ and personal modes.
Up front, the double-arch grille and wide hood are surrounded by LED headlights and daytime running lights. Distinct brushed finish exhausts and duel chrome bars deck the rear. If anyone tells you that the Infiniti cabin is not on par with its German rivals, point out the gorgeous-appearing Kaachu aluminum trim and maple wood on the instrument panel, center console and door panels. Also standard are eight-way power front leather seats, dual a/c climate control, solid magnesium paddle shifters, 60/40 rear seat, Bose audio with 16 speakers, aluminum pedals and sill plates with Infiniti insignia, and power tilt/telescopic steering column and moon roof.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, vehicle dynamic and traction controls, front seatbelts with pretensioners, remote keyless entry, rearview camera, zone body construction, energy-absorbing steering column, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
The Q50 displays forceful handling, first-rate cornering prowess and a robust steering feel. It is one of the smartest choices for a prospective sport sedan buyer. And a head-turner ride to boot.

Tires: P245/40R19 front; 265/35R19 rear
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 189.1 inches
Width: 71.8 inches
Suspension: independent double-wishbone front; multilink rear
Weight: 3,862 pounds
Fuel capacity: 20 gallons
City: 20 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $48,700
Price as tested: $60,220
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