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2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. 2018 Buick Lacrosse | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown

2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. 2018 Buick Lacrosse

The 2018 INFINITI Q50 has been updated with a fresh look that enhances its beauty, while the ability to upgrade to the Red Sport edition allows drivers to get a real boost in performance. In the car market, the Q50 is in competition with the 2018 Buick LaCrosse, a car lauded for its excellent infotainment system, performance, and sophisticated styling. Which of the two should you purchase?

Design & Style

The Buick LaCrosse has a shape which is rich in curves. The grille in the front is prominent, with headlights that have been swept back. On the side, you can see the rear haunches which have been widened, giving it a muscular appearance. In the rear, two artfully designed lamps extend from the trunk to the fender. Inside, drivers are greeted to a central console and symmetrical dash, with all the buttons grouped together. On the other hand, the INFINITI Q50 has been praised for its majestic looks, particularly the LED accents. Its exterior curvature is similar to previous editions, but a few changes have been made to the interior, such as the steering wheel and stitched dashboard.

Technology & Safety

The INFINITI Q50 is rich in safety features, but one of the coolest is the Distance Control Assist, a mechanism which will maintain an optimal distance from any car in front automatically. In the event that a car in front of the Q50 begins slowing down, the DCA will slow down as a response, and stop when needed. Although the Buick LaCrosse has successfully passed every safety test administered to it, many of its top safety devices are only available in the highest trim option. It has emergency automatic brakes, monitoring for blind spots and adaptive cruise control. It also has features such as eight inch touchscreen, an audio system with eight speakers, Android Audio, synthetic leather, and Apple Carplay.


The Q50 comes with a standard 2 liter engine that can produce 208 horsepower with 258 pounds of torque, enough to surpass many recently released models that are direct competitors in the market. What’s more, when one purchases the Red Sport edition, they will receive monster performance in the form of 400 horsepower from its V6, 3 liter engine. The Buick LaCrosse has a standard 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine that can produce about 195 horsepower with 187 pounds of torque. It makes use of a motor which is electric that is powered via a battery that is lithium ion.

The Bottom Line

The Buick LaCrosse and INFINITI Q50 aren’t too far apart in terms of appearance and interior features. However, when you consider the fact that the Buick’s most advanced safety tech costs extra, and the most disappointing part is that its performance lags heavily behind the INFINITI, it is easy to see why many car buyers prefer the Q50 over the LaCrosse.

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI Q50 Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 INFINITI Q50 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York, and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI Q50 test drive appointment.

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