2017 INFINITI Q50 vs 2017 Lexus IS 200t

2017 INFINITI Q50 vs 2017 Lexus IS 200t
2017 INFINITI Q50 2017 Lexus IS 200t
  20.0 gallons 17.4 gallons
  4 yr. / 60,000 mi. 4 yr. / 50,000 mi.
  35.1 inches 32.2 inches

2017 INFINITI Q50 vs 2017 Lexus IS 200t

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Some customers want a performance-oriented vehicle that's affordable and is laden with premium features. And that's what many compact luxury cars provide. Chief among them are the Q50 and the IS from INFINITI and Lexus, respectively. Both cars are well-established nameplates in the compact luxury car segment; they have been around since the 1990s. For the 2017 model year, the IS still has the 200t as its most affordable variant. However, there's the issue of performance, and this is an area in which the Q50 excels.


First, there's engine power. If you want the very best of the INFINITI Q50 in that aspect, you'd better go with the Red Sport 400 trim level, which roars with its 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine at 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. And that's paired with an electronically controlled 7-speed automatic transmission, which includes a manual shift mode for greater control over gear shifting if you like. The gearbox also has a drive mode selector to adapt to any type of road condition or tweak the suspension for a different driving feel. Compared to the Q50, the IS 200t feels anemic. It is left with a smaller, 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. Granted, it's turbocharged, but at 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, it does not come close to the total output of the Q50's V6 powerhouse.


Also, there's fuel economy. If you want to cut down on the number of gas station trips or the amount of money you spend filling up the tank, go with a trim equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, which provides 28 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway without sacrificing a lot of power. It beats the Lexus IS 200t, which, with its lone engine, provides 6 less mpg in city fuel economy and 1 less mpg in highway fuel economy.


Lastly, the 2017 INFINITI Q50 has undergone a more thorough safety testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than the 2017 Lexus IS 200t. The Q50 has been tested on four out of five possible sections of the organization's Crashworthiness test. The four mini-tests are Moderate Overlap Front, which gauges collision impact with most of the driver's-side front bumper; Side, which measures collision to the driver's door; Head Restraints & Seats, which simulates rear impact simulation; and Roof Strength, which involves running a metal plate against a side of the vehicle at a slow but constant speed. The Q50's performance was outstanding; it got the best possible rating ("Good") in each category. The INFINITI vehicle is also deemed "Superior" (the highest possible rating) in terms of front crash prevention, as determined by the IIHS's Crash Avoidance & Mitigation test; and it is rated an impressive "Acceptable" in headlight performance. Although the Lexus IS also scored "Good" in the Side and Moderate Overlap Front tests, it was not tested in the other three categories of the Crashworthiness test. It also did not undergo the front crash prevention and headlight performance tests. Thus it is hard to determine the IS's level of safety as effectively as its INFINITI counterpart.

Ready to take a ride in the 2017 INFINITI Q50, rather than the 2017 Lexus IS 200t? The place to be is here-at our INFINITI dealership in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida. Here, you'll be attended to by the most customer service-oriented sales experts, in addition to our great selection of cars. Call us today to set up an appointment.