In a surprising turn of events, two vehicles that were some of the most promising for the new model year, fell short in Consumer Reports’ tests. Both the 2014 Lexus IS 250 and 2014 Infiniti Q50 wound up ranking below their competitors.
Taking a look at the redesigned Infiniti Q50, intended to be the replacement of the G37, Consumer Reports’ Jake Fisher believes that “this car seems to have lost its way.” Even though the car managed to score a “Very Good” road test score, when compared with other models it placed at the bottom of the pack for sporty and luxury sedans. The testers as Consumer Reports believe the Q50 isn’t as fun to drive as the G37 it replaces, thanks to average steering and handling.
When we got behind the wheel of the 2014 Infiniti Q50, we found it to have a quiet and responsive powertrain, with great ergonomics and a fun-to-drive nature. “We think Infiniti could have found the Holy Grail of how to build a luxury sports sedan, or at least the start of it.” Even though there are still a few edges that need to be ironed out, we feel the automaker is heading in the right direction. Apparently, Consumer Reports found those edges a little more jagged than we did, given the organization had a little more time behind the wheel than we did.
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 was found to be lacking in luxury and a sporty drive dynamic, thanks to subpar handling, vague steering, and a loud interior. The cabin was cramped, even compared to other sport sedans, and with the new mouse-like controller for the infotainment system, they didn’t find much to like about the latest IS. Toyota didn’t update the powertrain in its new IS 250, which we found to be sluggish in the previous-generation model we drove. We anticipate that will be rectified when Toyota introduces its new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that’s slated for the NX 200t crossover.
Both vehicles cannot be Recommended, given how low the Lexus scored and how new the Infiniti is. In order to be Recommended by Consumer Reports, a vehicle must have a good overall road test score, have average or better reliability, and good scores in government and industry crash tests.
Source: Consumer Reports