STATUS: Base 2.0-liter I-4 is gone for 2020 - The midsize sedan's styling has an aggressive look, which is what buyers in the entry-luxury class prefer. In particular, the Sport and Red Sport models have their own distinctive look that differs from the other trims. The interiors of the upper-range versions use higher-quality materials. For 2020, the 208-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder in the base Q50 has been put out to pasture, leaving the 300-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 as the new base engine. The Red Sport model increases output to 400 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard and all trim levels can be had with all-wheel-drive. An interesting Q50 option is Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS), also referred to as steer-by-wire. It allows drivers to determine steering ratio and effort by selecting Standard, Sport, or Sport-Plus modes. Three additional adjustments in the latter two settings can further fine-tune the steering. Forward-collision warning with emergency braking is now standard.
Base price (incl. destination): $37,400
Type: Midsize sedan
Engine (h.p.): 3.0-liter V-6, twin-turbocharged (300-400)
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway): 20/29/23
Base weight (lb.): 3,690