2023 Acura TLX vs. 2023 Infiniti Q50

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Acura TLX vs. 2023 Infiniti Q50

The 2023 Acura TLX and the 2023 Infiniti Q50 are both luxury midsized sedans that are worth a close look. Each is refined and stylish with a host of upper-level standard amenities to complement their dynamic performance.

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How do they compare?

These two models combine elegance and athleticism to offer the best of both driving worlds. While they have many similarities, we found when we compared them closely that one clearly reigned over the other. Continue reading to see what we discovered.

Powertrains and Performance

Both the TLX and Q50 push the limits of performance, ensuring that your roadway outings are exhilarating to your satisfaction. The Q50 has a minor edge in horsepower with its standard 3.0-liter V6 (300 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque), versus the TLX’s standard 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder (272 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque). That said, the TLX is less expensive right out of the gate with its $39,850 starting MSRP, whereas the Q50 starts at $42,650. Both cars have a higher-output powerplant option. The TLX Type S has a 3.0-liter V6 that generates 355 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. And while the Q50’s available powerplant makes 400 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, it’s still more expensive and is only offered with a seven-speed automatic transmission (the TLX has a 10-speed automatic). What’s more, the TLX comes with an Individual drive mode that allows you to tailor your driving experience to your preferences, a noteworthy perk that the Q50 lacks.

Fuel Economy

According to EPA estimates, the TLX’s base and Technology trims return 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive Q50 with the base 3.0-liter V6 is 2 miles per gallon less efficient, achieving 20 city/29 highway. Even when both are equipped with all-wheel drive the TLX is not as thirsty, pulling off 21 city/29 highway compared to the AWD Q50’s 19 city/27 highway.

Luxurious Amenities

You can expect both the TLX and Q50 to be outfitted with a range of prominent features; however, the TLX has a better overall supply of amenities. With the Technology trim, it gets 12-way power-adjustable front seats (the comparably priced Q50 only has 8-way adjustments), a better ambient interior lighting system with 27 unique color themes, a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an infotainment system with navigation that can be controlled via a convenient touchpad interface (the Q50’s standard infotainment system doesn’t include navigation, and Infiniti doesn’t offer a touchpad controller). The TLX can also be ordered with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, active sound control, a head-up display, GPS-linked climate control (which uses environmental and location information to maintain a consistently comfortable cabin temperature), wireless phone charging, and sporty Ultrasuede interior trim. Even though the Q50 costs more, nothing in that list is available on it.

Driver-Assistive Technologies

The 2023 Acura TLX has the superior assortment of active safety features. Through the standard AcuraWatch driver-assist technology suite, every trim gets forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams. The Technology trim adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors. The pricier Q50 doesn’t have lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, traffic jam assist, or traffic sign recognition.

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**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.