2020 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2020 Cadillac CT5 V-Series

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Safety

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Both the Q50 and the CT5 V-Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Q50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CT5 V-Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The Q50’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CT5 V-Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 17 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Engine

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The Q50 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 40 more horsepower (400 vs. 360) than the CT5 V-Series’ 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Q50 Red Sport 400 is faster than the Cadillac CT5 V-Series:

Q50

CT5 V-Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

4.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

11.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

107 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q50 gets better fuel mileage than the CT5 V-Series:

Q50

CT5 V-Series

RWD

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

20 city/29 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

20 city/26 hwy

n/a

AWD

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (300 HP)/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

3.0 twin-turbo V6 (400 HP)/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

The Q50 has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT5 V-Series (20 vs. 17.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CT5 V-Series:

Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400

CT5 V-Series

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

The Q50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CT5 V-Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The Q50 Red Sport 400’s 265/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CT5 V-Series’ 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Q50 Sport’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Q50’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the CT5 V-Series’ (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Q50 AWD’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the CT5 V-Series AWD’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Infiniti Q50 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Cadillac CT5 V-Series.

The Q50 is 4.2 inches shorter than the CT5 V-Series, making the Q50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Q50 has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CT5 V-Series (101.5 vs. 99).

The Q50 has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT5 V-Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The Q50 has a much larger trunk than the CT5 V-Series (13.5 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Q50 offers cargo security. The CT5 V-Series’ non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The CT5 V-Series’ optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q50 outsold the Cadillac CTS/CT5 by almost four to one during 2019.

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