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This is the Motor Trend run down of their testing, including the stats. It's part of the large article detailing all of the cars tested. The Q50 was a "contender" and not a "finalist." At the end is the URL for the article showing all the cars and their takes on them. The CTS was the winner.(unfortunately, the cut-and-paste didn't copy so well. You'd be better off just going to the article and scrolling down to Infiniti)




Contender: Infiniti Q50


By: Christian SeabaughWe Like: Sharp styling and classy new interior.We Don't Like: Steer-by-wire, touchy brakes.Infiniti should've paid attention to the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." No, we're not talking about the decision to rename the G37 the Q50. We're talking about what's connected to the front wheels -- or rather, what isn't. The Q50 marks the debut of Direct Adaptive Steering, or, more simply, steer-by-wire. Though Infiniti touts this system as capable of giving the driver the ultimate smooth ride, we found it detrimental to performance driving. "Weirdest steering ever," said Markus. "It almost feels like I'm in a classroom simulator, and the instructor is constantly modifying my steering inputs." They got harsher from there, with Lieberman summing up, "Steer-by-wire needs a serious rethink to be viable."
The brakes also were an issue. "Their crazy initial bite renders the car unacceptable," said Reynolds. "I'd hate to be a passenger in this car in city traffic." The Q50S Hybrid's brakes were the biggest offender, with an abrupt first-generation hybrid feel.Many judges noted that the Q50S Hybrid has a mixed personality. Sure, it's EPA-rated at an impressive 31 mpg combined, but it doesn't live up to the performance intentions promised by the trim's sport suspension or brakes. The Q50's base 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 is unchanged from the G37's, though it is more refined than before, and will be sold alongside the existing Q50 for at least another year. The new Q50 Hybrid has a 360-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor combo.From a design standpoint, the car fared well. "I was personally impressed by its exterior duds," said Floyd. The Q50's new interior, with its fancy new dual-screen infotainment system, also received high marks. Ultimately, Infiniti has a solid foundation on which to build, but in fixing what wasn't broken, it put the Q50 out of contention this year.



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