2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Infiniti Q50

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Infiniti Q50 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q50 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Q50 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Camry and the Q50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Infiniti Q50:

Camry

Q50

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

140

225

Neck Injury Risk

20%

24%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

45 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

21%

48%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

145 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

85 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 lbs.

541/294 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Infiniti Q50:

Camry

Q50

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

262 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

320 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

19 inches

HIC

164

190

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

36 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

634 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q50 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Infiniti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Q50.

There are almost 6 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Camry’s reliability 33 points higher than the Q50.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 11th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Infiniti vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Infiniti is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Q50 RWD:

Camry

Q50

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto

22 city/33 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo V6/Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto XSE

22 city/32 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

3.0 twin-turbo V6/Auto

3.5 V6/8-spd. Auto TRD

22 city/31 hwy

n/a

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q50.

Tires and Wheels

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The Camry has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q50; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Q50’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Q50.

Chassis

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The Toyota Camry may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Infiniti Q50.

Passenger Space

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The Camry has 2.2 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear hip room than the Q50.

Cargo Capacity

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The Camry has a much larger trunk than the Q50 (15.1 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q50 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the Q50 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Q50 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Q50’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry XLE/XSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Q50 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry (except L/TRD) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Q50 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Camry will cost $725 to $9365 less than the Q50 over a five-year period.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the Q50 only retains 36.99% to 46.1%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Q50 because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Q50, including $232 less for a muffler, $19 less for a fuel pump, $224 less for front struts and $337 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $16231 to $25871 less than for the Infiniti Q50.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Camry, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Infiniti Q50 isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q50 isn’t in the top three.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Infiniti Q50 by almost twelve to one during the 2019 model year.

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