2017 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport 4-Door Sedan (Review)

The Infiniti Q50 is an elegant and luxurious midsize sport sedan with impeccable style, smooth on the road performance, excellent handling, and an eye catching exterior that sets it apart from others in its class.

Even though the Q50 is facing some major competition from other vehicles in the luxury sports car segment, it is a great option that offers more than just a beautiful exterior with top-of-the line features, advanced technology, good fuel economy, plush interior, and comes with either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations and choice of hybrid or turbocharged engines.

The exterior is absolutely stunning with embellished connected curves and a distinctive grille that looks similar to a Lexus, but has a more subtle appearance with softer lines and angles. The model I tested had a beautiful exterior in the color of Iridium Blue, which glistened in the sunlight from every angle. Larger than some other vehicles in its class, the Q50’s unique design makes it appear smaller than it really is, yet still spectacular with sleek details from the front to the rear of the vehicle.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 can seat up to five people comfortably and comes in five main trim levels- 2.0t, 2.0t Sport, 3.0t Sport, Hybrid Premium, and Red Sport 400.

The base model comes fitted with a stout 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb. feet of torque, while the turbocharged trims come equipped with a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb. feet of torque. The more powerful Red Sport 400 model yields an impressive 400 horsepower and 350 lb. feet of torque.  All trims come paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control and a manual shift mode. The 2.0 trim yields 23 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, the 300-horsepower V6 yields 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, and the more powerful 400-horsepower V6 delivers an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.


The 2.0t trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights and foglights, 8-way power adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6-speaker CD player, and two large twin/dual touchscreen displays- a 7” lower screen and an 8” upper screen.

The 2.0t Premium and 3.0t Premium trims come fitted with all of the aforementioned features of the base model, but add an advanced air filtration system, a sunroof, and a 16-speaker Bose premium surround sound system. The 2.0t Sport trim adds leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, a sport-tuned suspension, manual thigh extensions for the front seats, improved 19-inch wheels, better brakes, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory functions, power lumbar adjustments for the driver, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and paddle shifters mounted to the steering column.

Both the 3.0t Sport and Red Sport 400 trims add adaptive suspension and come equipped with more potent engines with the Red Sport being the most powerful with brush exhaust tips, a sunroof, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System, an auto dimming rearview mirror, and a turbocharged V6 engine.

The Hybrid Premium comes equipped with the majority of the Premium trim features, but adds auto-dimming mirrors, remote ignition, an adaptive steering system, heated front seats, Infiniti InTouch emergency telematics, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, wood interior trim, a power-adjustable and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a navigation system, and driver-seat lumbar adjustments. Also included are advanced safety features such as a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

A Premium Plus Package is available for all trims and adds heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, driver memory settings, 60/40-split folding rear seats, power lumbar for the driver seat, and a navigation system. Also available is a Driver Assistance package which includes- a blind-spot monitor, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors with cross-traffic alert, and front and rear collision warning systems.

A variety of add-on features are available and include- adaptive steering, a lane departure warning and prevention system, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, and premium leather upholstery.

The interior of the Q50 3.0t Sport is exquisite and impressive with high quality materials throughout the dashboard and console areas, an Infiniti InTouch Twin-Screen System with a touchscreen, and the seats in the front cabin are plush, comfortable, supportive, and can be adjusted a variety of ways to maximize comfort. The controls are within reach of the driver, which is great for people of smaller stature like me.

There is plenty of head/legroom in the front cabin for taller passengers, but due to the sporty design of the vehicle’s roofline, the rear cabin is not as accommodating or easily accessible when entering/exiting the vehicle.  The trunk is ample with 13.5 cubic feet of space, providing plenty of room to transport medium and large items. Additional cargo room can be acquired by folding the rear seatbacks down.


Safety features for the Q50 include- adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, surround-view cameras, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, and a forward-collision warning system.

One feature that really stands out to me the most is the InTouch Infotainment System, because it has two big 8” and 7” touch screens that are located one on top of the other, which act as a special hub or nucleus for the majority of the Q50’s main controls and features, but because there are so many controls/features, I did find that it took me some time to learn how to adjust certain settings, such as the climate, satellite radio, navigation, and audio settings. The screens appear to be strategically positioned at eye level for better readability and are somewhat slanted to minimize glare from the sun. Even though the infotainment system takes some time to get used to, it definitely is one of the best ones I have ever seen and it helps to make driving the Q50 a much more enjoyable experience.

On the road, the Q50 3.0t Sport is a strong performer delivering a smooth ride even on bumpier surfaces. The V6 feels strong with quick acceleration and responds briskly the moment the gas pedal is pressed.  The vehicle is poised at all times, navigates curvy roads and handles sharp turns with ease, and provides excellent maneuverability on busy freeways and in high traffic areas.

Infiniti has made a big step forward in an industry that for years has been dominated by European rivals by introducing the Q50.  It is the perfect combination of luxury, comfort, state of the art technology, and high performance, making it a top contender in its segment now and in the future.

To find out more about the new 2017 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan, please visit- www.Infiniti.com






Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

2016 Audi A7 3.0T Quattro Tiptronic (Review)


The A7 is definitely one of the most stylish and beautiful large 4-door sedans Audi has ever made, so it seems that there would be no need for improvement, but for 2016, the A7 has received some minor restyling and technical upgrades that have made the very popular luxury sedan even better. Upon first glance these enhancements may not be immediately noticed, but they truly do make the A7 more appealing, desirable, and better looking with a sharper trapezoidal grille, redesigned exhaust outlets, taillights, upgraded LED headlights, a revised front and rear fascia, a faster Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system, USB audio connectivity, and an additional 23 horsepower.

The 2016 Audi A7 is available in two trims- Premium Plus and Prestige comes fitted with either a supercharged 3.0-liter (3.0T) V6 or a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 (TDI) engine. The supercharged 3.0T gas engine produces 333 horsepower (previously 310 hp) and 325 lb. ft. of torque, while the turbocharged TDI diesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 428 lb. ft. of torque. Both trims come equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive (AWD), and quickly accelerates to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds, which is impressively fast for vehicles in this class.

Standard features for the Premium Plus trim include- leather upholstery, a blind-spot warning system, an 8-inch pop-up display screen, automatic adaptive LED headlights, four-zone automatic climate control, 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel with shift paddles, LED running lights and taillights, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, driver memory settings, an MMI infotainment system with console-mounted controls, auto-dimming power-folding heated mirrors, a Google Earth navigation system with voice controls, a sunroof, Bluetooth, Google search capability, smartphone-app integration, front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive rear spoiler and keyless entry and ignition, heated 8-way power seats (with 4-way driver lumbar adjustment), satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system with CD player, USB audio connectivity, 4G LTE with mobile WiFi hotspot capability, a rearview camera, and Audi Drive Select which provides adjustable settings for the accelerator, steering, and transmission.

The Prestige trim comes equipped with all of the aforementioned features, but adds a 14-speaker Bose Sound System, a head-up display, LED ambient interior lighting, ventilated front seats, and passenger lumbar adjustments.

All A7’s come equipped with Audi Drive Select, which adjusts transmission, shifts throttle response, and steering strength with four different modes- Auto, Dynamic, Individual, and Comfort-which is my favorite mode when driving the A7 3.0T, because I found this mode to be the most pleasant and enjoyable, delivering a smoother and quieter driving experience.

There are a number of packages available for the A7, such as a Cold Weather package, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The S Line Sport package adds a sport-themed exterior design, stylish 19-inch wheels, and firmer suspension. The Black Optic package adds high-gloss black trim on the grille/window areas and bigger 20-inch wheels, while a Driver Assistance package adds a front and rear corner-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist and a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking.

Available exclusively for the Prestige trim is an Individual Contour Seating package which adds 14-way power front seats with memory and massage functions and improved leather upholstery, while an Audi Design Selection package adds distinctive extended leather trim and walnut insets.

The A7’s interior is very luxurious, highly appointed, and is the finest in its segment. The sedan can easily seat up to five passengers, but due to the sleek, sloping roof line, headroom in the rear cabin is not as accommodating for taller passengers, however, headroom and legroom in the front cabin is spacious and the seats are comfortable, plush, supportive, and ergonomic. The interior is constructed of high quality materials with beautiful wood accents and ambient lighting that give the vehicle an elegant and upscale appearance.

The trunk of the A7 with its hatchback design is spacious, measuring about 24.5 cubic feet and can accommodate a variety of larger items that usually don’t fit in the trunk of a smaller sedan.

On the road, the A7 is a strong performer and the 3.0T can easily pass slow moving vehicles in just seconds with quick acceleration, athletic handling, and immediate throttle response that rival many luxury competitors in its segment.

The A7 3.0T yields an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is an increase in fuel economy from previous models, while the A7 TDI yields better fuel efficiency with an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Safety features include- stability control, antilock disc brakes, front and rear parking sensors, a blind-spot warning system, front knee airbags, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, an Audi Pre-Sense safety system which tensions the seatbelts and closes all of the windows if a possible accident is detected and warns the driver, and a Pre-Sense Rear system which uses the brake light to warn traffic behind the vehicle in the event of a rear impact. A Driver Assistance package is optional and adds lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and a corner-view camera system.

With its beautiful exterior, upscale interior, good fuel economy, quiet and luxurious interior, advanced technology, strong acceleration, and excellent handling, the 2016 Audi A7 is definitely one of the best performing, stylish, and sought after full sized sedans available today.

To find out more about the 2016 Audi A7, please visit- www.audiusa.com




Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.


2016 Lexus ES 350 Review


The 2016 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize, 5-passenger sedan that remains a benchmark for the entry-level luxury segment with smooth on the road performance, sleek styling, plush interior, and a host of advanced technological features.

For the 2016 model year, the ES 350 received some minor upgrades, such as better sound insulation in the interior, optional bi-LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a restyled front and rear end, and a revised safety package featuring an updated version of Lexus’ pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

The ES 350 comes fitted with a quiet 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb. ft. of torque that is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features for the ES 350 include- a sunroof, driver-adjustable drive settings, LED daytime running headlights, keyless ignition/start and entry, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a 7-inch touchscreen, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, heated mirrors, an 8-speaker sound system with a CD player, Safety Connect emergency communication system, iPhone voice control integration, 8-way power front seats with two-way adjustable lumbar, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB audio interface, HD radio, and a rearview camera. A panoramic sunroof, navigation, perforated leather upholstery, HID headlights, a Mark Levinson audio system, and 18-inch alloy wheels are optional.

On the road, the ES 350 provides a smooth and very comfortable driving experience with a well-mannered and sophisticated ride quality that is similar to an Audi A6. Although the ES is not sporty, the sedan has a firm and planted feel on the road with precise steering, strong braking, provides quick acceleration in Sport mode, handles sharp corners with ease, and at highway speeds, the interior is extraordinarily quiet, mostly bereft of road, wind, and engine noise.

The interior is modern, comfortable, and the seats in the front and rear cabin are plush and supportive with an ergonomic feel. There is plenty of head/legroom for taller passengers and the dashboard and console areas are made with high end materials. The well designed analog clock and the interior color scheme with matte finish bamboo trim elements adds an elegant touch, while the large 7-inch touchscreen is easy to use and the controls are within arm’s reach.

Cargo space is ample measuring 15.2 cubic feet, but space in the rear cabin cannot be increased because the rear seats do not split and fold down.

Safety features include- dual front, front-side, and side curtain air bags, frontal knee airbags, and rear-side airbags as well as the Lexus Safety System+, which includes driver assistance and safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, intelligent high beam, and a Pre-Collision System that offers  automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

For something a bit sportier, the 2016 Lexus RC 350 is definitely worth looking at, but in my opinion, the ES 350 is one of the best entry-level midsize luxury sedans available and with an MSRP of less than $38,500, the ES 350 provides a luxurious and comfortable driving experience at an affordable price.

To find out more about the 2016 Lexus ES 350, please visit- www.lexus.com





1480530575757Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8 Sedan (Review)

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8 is a luxury full-size, 4-door sedan with a distinctive style, unique features, a lot of power, is a great alternative to higher priced European luxury vehicles, and is currently ranked one of the top upscale mid-size cars in its segment. The Genesis offers all of the luxury that you would expect to find in a more expensive vehicle, but for a lower price than most of its competition and delivers smooth on the road performance, a comfortable cabin with plush seats, and advanced technological features.

The Genesis is available in two trims- 3.8 and 5.0 R-Spec. The 3.8 Sedan with all-wheel-drive comes fitted with a powerful 3.8-liter V6 GDI engine that produces 311 horsepower, 293 lb. ft. of torque, and yields an estimated 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.

The interior is well-crafted and spacious with enough head/legroom to accommodate taller passengers. Seating is very comfortable and the 12-way power front seats with lumbar are easy to adjust, providing optimum support and comfort for long road trips. The dashboard and console areas are tastefully designed with controls that are easy for the driver to reach.  All of the armrests, doors, and buttons have soft-touch materials suiting of a luxury car.

The sound system delivers clear audio and the display and navigation settings are easy to operate with a control knob that is similar to the one in an Audi A7. The 3.8 sedan is available in black, silver, grey, blue, brown, and white with leathery upholstery. Trunk space is quite generous measuring 15.3 cu. feet, which is bigger than the Lexus GS 350, but the rear seats do not fold down to allow for more cargo space.

Standard features include- automatic headlights, LED running lights, heated front seats, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition and entry, electroluminescent gauge cluster with LCD information display, woodgrain and chrome interior accents,18-inch alloy wheels, power heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, Hyundai Blue Link Telematics System, full power accessories, proximity key, SIRIUS XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, HD Radio and USB/iPod ports.

The Signature Package adds a power tilt and slide panoramic sunroof, integrated memory system/ventilated front seats, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, HID Headlights/auto-dimming outside mirrors, power rear sunshades, manual rear side window sunshades, and blind spot detection.

The Tech Package adds specially made leather seats, 7” LCD Cluster Display, power driver seat cushion extender and side bolster, lane departure warning, smart cruise control with stop/start capability, haptic steering wheel, pre safety belt, auto emergency braking, electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, front & rear parking assistance system.

The Ultimate Package adds a premium HD 9.2-inch screen with navigation system, genuine matte finish wood trim & aluminum trim, a heads-up display, a power trunk lid, Lexicon 17 speaker audio system, and dual mode vent control with CO2 sensor.

For the 2015 model year, the Genesis has received a more distinctive and attractive front grille which still has the beautiful winged Genesis badge on it and the steering has been re-tuned to provide better maneuverability.

On the road the Genesis 3.8 Sedan handles a variety of road conditions extremely well with a firm and solid feel when making sharp turns and driving on curvy roadways. The Genesis actually feels much more like a Lexus ES 350 than a sports car, but yet still has sporty features that make the vehicle the perfect combination of both elements.

One of the best things about the Genesis 3.8 is the big 8-inch touch screen with navigation and the Ultimate Package offers an even bigger 9.2-inch HD touchscreen which is absolutely spectacular and is the largest display that I have ever seen in any other vehicle.

Safety features include- 9 airbags including a driver knee airbag, electronic stability control, traction control, vehicle stability management system, ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, 4-wheel disc brakes, and anti-whiplash front head restraints. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis received excellent ratings in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests and earned their highest designation: Top Safety Pick Plus. The Genesis received the top score of “good” in all crashworthy tests as well as a rating of “superior” for front crash prevention when fitted with optional safety features.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Sedan has a starting MSRP of $40,500, but in my opinion, is well worth the price.  The vehicle’s high performance and luxury features put the Genesis on par with European competitors, but costs thousands of dollars less. It drives, performs, and looks like it should be about $20,000 more than it is and is an excellent choice for anyone who desires a luxury vehicle without a luxury price tag.

To find out more about the 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Sedan, please visit- www.hyundaiusa.com