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2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. 2018 Honda Clarity | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown

2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. 2018 Honda Clarity

The 2018 INFINITI Q50 offers greater hybrid efficiency, and the option to upgrade to the incredibly powerful Red Sport edition. However, it is in direct competition with the Honda Clarity, a sedan which is mid-sized and notable for its smooth and quiet operation, zero emissions, and hybrid mechanism. Which of the two should you buy?

Design & Style

The Honda Clarity has powertrains which are specialized and that influence the exterior. The roof masks the bulk, and the rear tapers in a manner that is designed to boost airflow. The car is portly in the back and features a spoiler which is horizontal and prominent. It is the interior that really stands out, with a dashboard that is akin to other models in the Honda lineup. The cabin has ultra-suede insets with wood accents that are artificial. In the INFINITI Q50, standard chrome has been phased out in favor of darker chrome, with LED accents and fog lights on the exterior. Inside, drivers will be greeted to stitched dash, and an infotainment system comprising two screens. The ambient lights have also been upgraded, along with lighting on the instrument panel.

Technology & Safety

The Q50 is packed with an array of safety features, which will protect drivers at all times. These include warnings for lane departures, monitoring for blind spots and emergency automatic brakes. Other amenities include a lumbar that can be adjusted, leather upholstery and touchscreens. The Honda Clarity comes with a large assortment of airbags, a camera in the rearview, and a special LaneWatch camera that displays images of blind spots. It also has adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency brakes, and the hydrogen tanks have been heavily tested to ensure they remain undamaged even in a major impact. Inside drivers and passengers will be greeted to touch screens which are eight inches, an audio system consisting of eight speakers and connectivity for Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth and Android Auto.


The Honda Clarity comes equipped with an inline 4, 1.5 liter engine that is connected to a hybrid mechanism consisting of two motors, which can produce up to 181 horsepower at 232 pounds of torque. The INFINITI Q50 houses 2 liter engine that can produce 208 horsepower with 258 pound of torque, and if one gets the 3 liter or Red Sport edition the performance gains are even more impressive.

The Bottom Line

Both the Honda Clarity and INFINITI Q50 are attractive, safe vehicles that provide lots to those that own them. However, the Q50 has an edge in several areas. Its performance and raw power is greater, but it is also has a cabin which is much more luxurious, with a more attractive exterior so the Q50 wins.

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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