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The Intro
I will preface this amateur review by stating I have never owned a luxury sedan, nor a CAR for that matter. Well, I guess I did have a 1988 Mazda RX-7 for about a year when I first turned 16. I have been driving for 13 years – my first vehicle was the 1988 Mazda RX-7, which I had for less than a year. My first real vehicle was a 2001 Nissan Frontier which I kept until I traded it in for a 2006 Nissan Titan. However, ever since the G35 came out, I had been in love. I test drove several back in 2005 and got really really close to buying a G37 in 2008. But ultimately, I bought a house and decided not to take on the extra expense. So, I have been a truck guy, but finally realizing my dream of buying the G35/G37/Q50! Anywho, enough about the background. On to the test drive. I received confirmation that my dealership received 8 Q50’s in at around 2pm yesterday. My salesman [email protected] was off yesterday, so I talked to the GM and he told me to come on by, and they were prepping their demo car. I planned to arrive at 5pm, but I couldn’t resist and left earlier. After being escorted to their parking garage, I got to check out Black Obsedian, Moonlight White, and Graphite Shadow…those were the only colors they had received. Well, I then had to wait in the waiting room for about 40 minutes while they continued to prep the Q50 demo for test drives. Finally, around 5pm, I saw that white beauty pull up to the front drive. After wiping my drool with a tissue, I grabbed the GM and said it’s time. He had another salesman come along with me, who drove the car off the lot and explained some of the tech to me. Most of which I already knew. I even got to show him how to change drive modes to Sport mode. 

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The Test Drive
Finally, we get to a hotel parking lot where we change seats. This was my time. I adjusted my seat and the mirrors, and did a quick check to ensure I was in Sport mode. I put the car in Reverse, and quickly noted that both side mirrors automatically tilted down to provide a good view of the ground along the side of the vehicle. Also, the All-Around-Monitor initiated which was super cool. I did not get to experience the Back up collision intervention because… well, there were no cars coming! I found myself still wanting to look around my shoulder out of habit, but it was very nice to just look at the camera screens to back up. Another neat thing is the cameras remain on, even after putting the car in Drive, for a few seconds…I think until you get above 10 mph. I quickly tap the steering wheel control to make sure all safety features are on (Forward collision, lane monitoring, etc). I proceeded to the feeder road entrance and have one open lane, and other cars coming in the #2 and #3 lane. I take the turn and immediately punch it. This car passes the heart rate test. (Flooring the car gets my heart rate up fast! BMW 335i also passed this test, but Audi and Lexus did not during my test drives.) The car immediately and smoothly goes, and the next thing I know I am at 60, light years ahead of those cars from the #2 and #3 lane. Bear in mind, this test drive was occurring on I-10 at 5pm rush hour traffic. So, me and the salesman are having a good ol’ conversation about how awesome this car is, when all the sudden cars in front of us are stopping. I received a warning, and then the car literally starting stopping itself. This was the coolest feature I’ve ever seen! Once I realized it would stop me completely, when traffic was occurring in front of me, I would not have my foot on the gas, nor the brake. Low and behold, the car literally braked itself to a complete stop. Unbelievable, and so glad I ended up ordering the tech package. OK, so next I drive down the feeder and proceed to make a U-turn to get back on the freeway. Tons of traffic, so I can’t have fun, but I did play more with the tech package stuff. You are always notified when it is unsafe to change lanes by a non-obtrusive near the side mirrors when someone is in your blind spot. If you ignore the light and attempt to go into that lane, it will beep and then correct the steering for you, not allowing you to go into that lane and you avoid the collision. I also was able to play with the lane guidance. I stayed in the right-most lane on I-10, and let me hands off the steering wheel. It was hard to get it to start drifting one way or another because the alignment of the car spot on to begin with, but finally it did start drifting to the right, and then immediately when the tires got too close to the right lane, the dashboard warned me, and then I felt the car move back over to the center most of the lane. I also tested this by deliberating attempting to move into the shoulder, and it again warned me and nudged me back in the right direction. Put your blinker on, and no warnings since it knows your intention is to change lanes…but put your blinker on and start changing lanes into a lane in which someone is in your blind spot…the collision intervention system kicks in, and wont’ let you crash into them. Very, very neat. I played again with the forward collision braking system because it was just so cool driving 35 mph, and then having the car brake for me when cars slow down or stop, and then actually stop the car completely for me. Once the car stops on it’s own, it will beep at you to tell you “Hey, put your dang foot on the brake pedal”. I did not have open enough stretch of roadways to try to intelligent cruise control, nor obviously the adaptive headlights. That will likely have to wait until I own the vehicle and can go test drive on some back curvy roads at night. All in all, since I wasn’t able to truly push the car in this test drive, the most exciting part to me was the Tech package. Very very cool stuff with it. And for the times I did get to floor the car, it got my hear t racing! I can only imagine how I will feel after driving the hybrid with 360 hp, and all that yummy torque, and having the sport package. The one I test drove was a white 3.7L Premium model with all the bells and whistles…just no sport model, no hybrid, and no AWD.

Driving - YouTube

inTouch
I also played around with the inTouch system and the navigation. The videos I did will speak better to it than I could type up a review on it…but, I will say it was very responsive and quick. (I am not sure if it had any sort of ‘update’ installed or not). There are so many features and settings it will take me a long time of sitting in my garage after I buy it going through every menu and setting until I learn it and fully customize it. And believe you me, I will do that! None of the inTouch apps were working, because it has to be synced to the smartphone app “Infiniti inTouch Apps” which is not yet available on the Apple Appstore, nor the Google Play Store. But all the other settings and information worked, and was really neat. I can’t wait to really play around with it at home without pressure of knowing I am spending too much time looking at this car at a dealership!

Playing with inTouch System 1 - YouTube
Playing with inTouch System 2 - YouTube



Interior/Sound System
The interior was great. Everything about I loved. The seats were very comfortable, even for my 6 feet tall and overweight body! The sound system was pretty good too. The sound was very crisp, and I was able to play with all the different sound settings in the inTouch system to enable all the special “Bose” settings. The instrument panel was very pleasing to the eye, the information panel in the middle was also really neat. There are so many steering wheel buttons it was overwhelming, but I got the hang of it pretty quick. Trunk space was more than enough for my needs. This model had the fold down seats too. It will be interesting to see the trunk space of the hybrid when it comes in. I did try to play around with the voice commands, but I had very bad luck learning that system on my own. I will revisit this once Nick is able to show me how to use it properly.

Q50 3.7L Trunk - YouTube

Conclusion
This car is awesome. It is stunning from the outside, it got a ton of looks from drivers of other cars during the test drive, was heart-racing to drive, has great technology and safety features. You can’t go wrong with the new Q50.

7/19/13 Edit: I drove the car again today and got to push it more. It really has a surge of acceleration around 4500rpm. I came around freeway uturn and floored it and before I knew it, my heart was a racing and I was at 85. I also got some tutorials on the voice recognition and figured out what I was doing wrong. Works great now! Two more weeks!!




 

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In one of your videos, it seemed like the audio commands were a complete failure. (i.e., the car failed to comprehend what you wanted). Were you ever able to get that worked out?

Also, on the 'auto braking' feature, what happens if a car merges in front of you, or you want to keep a tight gap so that no car's attempt to merge in front of you? I'd not want to be battling the car on how much space is safe to leave. Thoughts?

Thanks for the review!
 

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A+++ review! Thank you so very much for all the details and for testing out all the awesome Tech Package options. I'm DEFINITELY springing for the Tech Package in the non-hybrid. If I didn't I'd feel like I miss out on the whole point of the Q50. :)

I am HOPING that since I'm driving all the way to Huntsville, AL tomorrow to see the Q50s that they will let me test drive. He said that he doubted that management would allow it but I really hope they do so I can decide between Premium and Sports.

Great job on the review.
 

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In one of your videos, it seemed like the audio commands were a complete failure. (i.e., the car failed to comprehend what you wanted). Were you ever able to get that worked out?

Also, on the 'auto braking' feature, what happens if a car merges in front of you, or you want to keep a tight gap so that no car's attempt to merge in front of you? I'd not want to be battling the car on how much space is safe to leave. Thoughts?

Thanks for the review!
Yea, I am definitely going to have to keep playing around with the audio commands. I'm sure I was just doing something wrong. I will add that to my review real quick. Thanks for reminding me about that!

I did not get to test the auto braking that in depth, but something I am definitely curious about. I do think I remember seeing settings in the inTouch on customizing the distance and stuff for that safety feature. Maybe it forces you to be nice and let people merge! Hah!
 

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Thank you for a very informative review. Glad to hear the safety and convenience techs is working as advertise. One of the reason why i choose the Q50 over any other luxury vehicle is the techs. Can't wait to get my Q50S hybrid :)
Speaking of the hybrid, you'll be even more impress. After I test drove the hybrid, I don't even bother looking and shopping for other cars.
 

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After wiping my drool with a tissue, I grabbed the GM and said it’s time.
So what did you guys do after this and before driving the car? :p





Sorry, had to let that out! That sentence had me laughing!

Anyways, thanks for the review man! Wish there wasnt traffic @ that time and had a chance to really push the car but I think it'll be best suited anyway with your actual car configurations! Once again, thank you for bringing all the pics, vids, and your review to the infinitiQ50.org community! Im sure everyone here appreciates all your effort and will be looking out for more to come from you! :D
 
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I'm going to test drive at Sewell tomorrow. No pictures or videos but you can bet I will have a review.
Nice looking forward to that! Hybrid or gasser? Also sport or non-sport?
 

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I might do both depending on what they are using for a demo. They got 12 cars in today and at least one is getting prepped to drive. Their trailer queen is sitting indoors for people to drool over already.

However, I am afraid of driving the Hybrid since I didn't order one and if the performance is just cracking compared to the standard model, I will be forced to second guess my order.
 

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I might do both depending on what they are using for a demo. They got 12 cars in today and at least one is getting prepped to drive. Their trailer queen is sitting indoors for people to drool over already.

However, I am afraid of driving the Hybrid since I didn't order one and if the performance is just cracking compared to the standard model, I will be forced to second guess my order.
Hahaha! I would be too if I ordered the gasser! I am sure that burst of acceleration from the electric motor will certainly do that for u! Hahaha!

Well whatever you get to test drive just be sure to have fun with it first! Hope to hear from you soon with your review! :D
 
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I might do both depending on what they are using for a demo. They got 12 cars in today and at least one is getting prepped to drive. Their trailer queen is sitting indoors for people to drool over already.

However, I am afraid of driving the Hybrid since I didn't order one and if the performance is just cracking compared to the standard model, I will be forced to second guess my order.
You'll always second guess yourself if you don't get the hybrid. Save yourself the misery and order it now.
 

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Yea, I am definitely going to have to keep playing around with the audio commands. I'm sure I was just doing something wrong. I will add that to my review real quick. Thanks for reminding me about that!
I watched the video too, and if you look at the 2:05 mark and pause the video, you can see that the "Play" command is assigned to changing source (see upper right command). That's why saying "Play FM 94.5" only got you to the FM source. I bet if you just say "FM 94.5" it'll have no problem. Try saying them as they're written in the screen and see how it goes. I hope it works better!

I think the "traffic detour" misrecognition issue was due to saying "audio" before the beep. It'd be nice if it didn't guess or asked for clarification in that case where you speak too soon, but it seems to just do the best it can with what it hears.

Let us know if you get a chance to re-check. Interested to know if you think it's accurate.
 

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I drove the car again today and got to push it more. It really has a surge of acceleration around 4500rpm. I came around freeway uturn and floored it and before I knew it, my heart was a racing and I was at 85. I also got some tutorials on the voice recognition and figured out what I was doing wrong. Two more weeks!!
 

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I watched the video too, and if you look at the 2:05 mark and pause the video, you can see that the "Play" command is assigned to changing source (see upper right command). That's why saying "Play FM 94.5" only got you to the FM source. I bet if you just say "FM 94.5" it'll have no problem. Try saying them as they're written in the screen and see how it goes. I hope it works better!

I think the "traffic detour" misrecognition issue was due to saying "audio" before the beep. It'd be nice if it didn't guess or asked for clarification in that case where you speak too soon, but it seems to just do the best it can with what it hears.

Let us know if you get a chance to re-check. Interested to know if you think it's accurate.
You are 100% correct. My salesman gave me the exact same response when he watched these videos. It worked great when I just said "FM 94.5"
 

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I drove the car again today and got to push it more. It really has a surge of acceleration around 4500rpm. I came around freeway uturn and floored it and before I knew it, my heart was a racing and I was at 85. I also got some tutorials on the voice recognition and figured out what I was doing wrong. Two more weeks!!
Nice! You're getting me more and more anxious about getting into my hybrid sport man! Canyon run!!! Hehehe!
 
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