2014 Infiniti Q50
New vehicle, new name: the Q50 replaces the G37 as Infiniti’s entry-level sedan for 2014. All Infinitis, in fact, are renamed for 2014, and while the former G37 coupe and hardtop convertible carry over unchanged, they adopt Q60 nomenclature. About the only thing the Q50 retains from the G37 sedan is its powertrain: a 328-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive. A gas/electric hybrid version is new, and you can learn about it in the CarPreview.com 2014 Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Buying Guide. Due during the model year is Infiniti’s new InTouch infotainment system that brings the Q50 up to date for in-vehicle connectivity. The Q50 is a midsizer with distinct styling. Its pricing and feature set are competitive, but EPA ratings of 22-23 mpg combined city/highway are underwhelming given that more powerful competitors match or beat it. Also, this luxury division of Nissan tends to put desirable options inside very costly packages, meaning you might need to purchase features you don’t want in order to get some you do. Base prices start at $37,955.
2014 Infiniti Q70
The larger of Infiniti’s two midsize luxury sedans enters 2014 with a new name but not much else. Formerly known as the M, the 2014 Q70 competes with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS. This Infiniti offers a V-6 and V-8 engine and rear- or all-wheel drive. A gas/electric hybrid version returns, covered in the CarPreview.com 2014 Electric and Plus-in Hybrid Vehicle Buying Guide. The Q70 earns high marks for power, interior design, and materials quality. Its audio/climate/navigation interface is among the most intuitive in the segment. It loses points for a less than optimal ride/handling balance, mediocre fuel economy ratings (18-21 mpg city/highway combined), and bundling that puts desirable safety and convenience features into very pricey option packages. Prices for the 2014 Infiniti Q70 were unavailable in time for this review, but but expect a modest increase over the 2013 M’s $48,700 starting point.
2014 Hyundai Genesis
A short model-year 2014 run is on tap for the Hyundai Genesis. With a redesign slated to debut in spring 2014 as a 2015 model, the current Genesis sees only minor trim and equipment changes. This is the smaller of the South Korean brand’s two large sedans; the other is the low-volume Equus. Genesis is offered with a V-6 or as the R-Spec with V-8 engine, but comes only with rear-wheel drive. It delivers plenty of luxury at a reasonable-for-the-class price. This is a fast-enough car, particularly in V-8 guise, but ride and handling fall well short of comparable American and German rivals. EPA combined city/highway fuel economy is 21 mpg for the V-6, 18 for the V-8 R-Spec. Base price range is $36,120-$48,320.