We’ve been driving a lot of sport-utility vehicles, crossovers and European-style sport sedans, so the prospect of slipping into an Infiniti Q50 was appealing. A midsize four-door sedan, the Q50 is known for a smooth, quiet ride. Best of all, our test car combined the usual Japanese near-luxury qualities with staggering power numbers — including 400 horsepower from its twin-turbo V-6 engine.
The Q50 did not disappoint. We noticed immediately that it rolled softly over a pair of harsh dips in our driveway, which produce a jarring sensation in most vehicles. And there was no disguising the menacing growl produced by the Red Sport engine. Although the driver could choose “Comfort” or “Economy” settings, the pleasing exhaust note never diminished. And the acceleration was invigorating.