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Not a bad review overall. They liked the car but did not like the new drive by wire steering
 

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I'm shocked that Autoblog was so fair. Their comment about the parking brake was quaint and uninformed since Infiniti has put this on the floor for at least a decade and I can't even name one car that still puts it at your elbow.

Otherwise they understood the styling, didn't really mention Intouch, and noticed all the refinement. Comment section is worse than YouTube but that's to be expected.
 

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Some nice vocabulary excerpts.... this is just from the exterior

fantastic
sinewy
muscular
forceful
scowling
deeply sculpted
snarlier
Sunlight and reflections love this car
well-defined by a tendon-like sheetmetal crease
stunning
it really comes good in the metal
emphasizes the car's haunches
echoing the newly subtle lip spoiler
 

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They seemed to rather strongly dislike DAS. Has anyone here test driven a DAS and non-DAS Q50 back to back for comparison's sake?
 

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They seemed to rather strongly dislike DAS. Has anyone here test driven a DAS and non-DAS Q50 back to back for comparison's sake?
I only test drove a DAS.

Having said that: I honestly didn't notice anything different about the steering that made it feel disconnected at all, but then I wasn't looking for any difference. I didn't mess with drive modes, and certainly didn't try to personalize the feel. I just drove, and it felt natural. But I'm no driving enthusiast who might notice something.

I guess my criteria for pass/fail is that if it feels natural to me, I'm fine with it (cue "That's what she said" in 3, 2, 1... :)).

Edited to add a little more info about where I'm coming from. I've been in a G37S for 3 years now, and if anything, the better noise and bump isolation was what got my attention as I drove my tester, which was a premium non-Sport.
 
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Only drove the DAS on my car. I loved the near telepathic response the car exhibited to my steering inputs. Keep in mind though, my frame of reference is my current appliance ... errr car, 2000 Toyota Camry.
 

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I test drove a Q50S Hybrid on Saturday. I currently drive a 2007 335i under extended warranty (paid for itself 3x over) that I'm in love with but also realizing it needs to go before the extended warranty does. Test drives are too short to get a great feel for the car but the Q50 is a very nice ride. I wasn't crazy about the steering feel and would prefer it with some of the tech but not the DAS - does Infiniti eventually offer individual components as options or is it alway package-based (a la BMW)? I know it can be disabled but I'd rather not pay for it at all.

I've driven the 2013 328i and while it's not a bad car it's a far cry from the rawness and directness of my current car. Also drove the IS350 (not interested in that front end), GS350 (a steal right now with spectacular interior) and an A4 (solid choice and maybe best bang for the buck).

I probably won't buy a Q50 unless it's hybrid - most of my driving is city, but I can't see paying the current $53K + tax they want for a loaded one. Maybe in several months when incentives hit. 335i warranty is good for another 20K miles or next March so I have time to shop and mull it over.

Other comments - neat tech, much nicer interior than the IS350 or 328i, probably on par with the A4, but the run flats suck - at highway speeds there was a loud roar indicative of RFT suckage I'm familiar with from BMW.
 

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I test drove a Q50S Hybrid on Saturday. I currently drive a 2007 335i under extended warranty (paid for itself 3x over) that I'm in love with but also realizing it needs to go before the extended warranty does. Test drives are too short to get a great feel for the car but the Q50 is a very nice ride. I wasn't crazy about the steering feel and would prefer it with some of the tech but not the DAS - does Infiniti eventually offer individual components as options or is it alway package-based (a la BMW)? I know it can be disabled but I'd rather not pay for it at all.

I've driven the 2013 328i and while it's not a bad car it's a far cry from the rawness and directness of my current car. Also drove the IS350 (not interested in that front end), GS350 (a steal right now with spectacular interior) and an A4 (solid choice and maybe best bang for the buck).

I probably won't buy a Q50 unless it's hybrid - most of my driving is city, but I can't see paying the current $53K + tax they want for a loaded one. Maybe in several months when incentives hit. 335i warranty is good for another 20K miles or next March so I have time to shop and mull it over.

Other comments - neat tech, much nicer interior than the IS350 or 328i, probably on par with the A4, but the run flats suck - at highway speeds there was a loud roar indicative of RFT suckage I'm familiar with from BMW.
Disagree that the GS is a spectacular interior, although the widescreen is very nice. And the A4. Boring.
 

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Disagree that the GS is a spectacular interior, although the widescreen is very nice. And the A4. Boring.
The materials in the GS350 are better than anything else I've driven. It competes with the A6, 5 Series, E Series, Infiniti M, etc. That said they didn't have an F-Sport on the lot and without it it's too floaty. The IS350 handles well (even without F Sport) but the interior and front-end are show-stoppers.

As for the A4 being boring, I suppose, though tuning potential is substantial. Anything is going to feel boring compared to my current car but I need something more sedate for my daily commute.
 

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I test drove a Q50S Hybrid on Saturday. I currently drive a 2007 335i under extended warranty (paid for itself 3x over) that I'm in love with but also realizing it needs to go before the extended warranty does. Test drives are too short to get a great feel for the car but the Q50 is a very nice ride. I wasn't crazy about the steering feel and would prefer it with some of the tech but not the DAS - does Infiniti eventually offer individual components as options or is it alway package-based (a la BMW)? I know it can be disabled but I'd rather not pay for it at all.

I've driven the 2013 328i and while it's not a bad car it's a far cry from the rawness and directness of my current car. Also drove the IS350 (not interested in that front end), GS350 (a steal right now with spectacular interior) and an A4 (solid choice and maybe best bang for the buck).

I probably won't buy a Q50 unless it's hybrid - most of my driving is city, but I can't see paying the current $53K + tax they want for a loaded one. Maybe in several months when incentives hit. 335i warranty is good for another 20K miles or next March so I have time to shop and mull it over.

Other comments - neat tech, much nicer interior than the IS350 or 328i, probably on par with the A4, but the run flats suck - at highway speeds there was a loud roar indicative of RFT suckage I'm familiar with from BMW.
Sounds like a reasonable move letting everything settle down a little bit. Perhaps by Christmas they'd have specials.
 
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