Toyota and Nissan’s Latest Luxury Cars Don’t Make Test Drive Cut
Both the Infiniti (NSANY.PK) Q50 and the Lexus (NYSE:TM) IS 250 were efforts made by their respective companies to revitalize the midsize luxury sedan segment, which — until this past year — seemed to be falling into a dated lull as companies were busy putting the final touches on their new ranges.
For the most part, the two succeeded. Both cars feature vast improvements to their exteriors. The Lexus boasts new, swooping lines the begin in the front fascia and continue through the radically redesigned hindquarters. The Q50 has also gotten a significant facelift as well as a new moniker that belies its roots as the successor to Infiniti’s popular G37 sedan. Like the Lexus, it has smoother, flowing lines, and a new face that is considerably more aggressive and assertive than the previous model.
However, for all their efforts, the two cars failed to impress those at Consumer Reports, which passed on the two new sedans when choosing to place the coveted “Recommended” rating for the next batch of cars. Lackluster fuel economy, steering, ride comfort, and handling were found to be at fault when reviewing the Lexus IS 250 and Infiniti Q50, Auto News reports. Although the new Infiniti Q50 posted a “very good” score for its overall road test, it gave an “underwhelming driving experience” compared to its predecessor.