When driving around Long Beach, Torrance, and Fullerton, it helps to be in a reliable sedan with plenty of features. Two popular options are the Q50 and Accord, but which one would be right for you?

Our team at Norm Reeves Cerritos INFINITI will help answer that question with this 2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. Honda Accord comparison. Discover these vehicles’ similarities and differences, then contact us if you have any questions.


The 2018 INFINITI Q50 has a very nice-looking cabin made with quality materials. For example, it offers leather-appointed seating, along with a Kacchu aluminum trim.

Upgrade to the RED SPORT 400 trim and you’ll get semi-aniline leather-appointed seating with a unique quilted pattern and red contrast stitching. You’ll also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel with RED SPORT 400 dark metallic, along with dark chrome interior accents.

The 2018 Honda Accord has an attractive cabin, as well. However, it has a few low-grade plastics sprinkled throughout. Plus, you won’t find the same kind of high-quality materials that you’ll get in the Q50.
They both have plenty of comfort amenities, including standard Dual-Zone Automatic Climate control and available heated front seats. The Q50 also has an available heated steering wheel, to soothe your hands after a long day at work. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available at all in the Accord.


Each sedan has plenty of high-tech features to help stay connected and entertained. For example, they both come standard with Bluetooth® functionality to stream audio or make hands-free phone calls.

That’s where their similarities seem to end. The 2018 Q50 also comes standard with an 8-inch upper and 7-inch lower color display screens. Plus, you get a 6-speaker sound system, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and SiriusXM® Travel Link in the base trim.

The Accord, meanwhile, comes standard with one 7-inch display screen and a 4-speaker sound system. To get SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, you’ll need to upgrade to a higher trim level. You won’t find SiriusXM® Travel Link in any trim level.

If you upgrade to a higher trim in the INFINITI Q50, you’ll get a Bose® 16-speaker sound system, a navigation system, and SiriusXM Traffic™.

In the highest trim level of the Honda Accord, the sound system is just 10 speakers. Plus, while you may get a navigation system, you won’t get SiriusXM Traffic™.

The 2018 Q50 comes standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. For even more power, there’s the 3.0L V6 that puts out 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, the vehicle is known for being athletic on winding roads and offering a comfortable ride.

The 2018 Accord is known for having a smooth performance and handling well on the road. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer the power you might be craving for highway driving. Its available 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder only puts out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

When it comes to the drivetrain, the Q50 comes in rear-wheel drive, while the Accord comes in front-wheel drive. The Q50 has an available all-wheel drive (AWD) system, as well.

With Intelligent AWD, wheelspin, throttle, and speed are constantly monitored. When needed, 50% of the available power can be sent to the front wheel for better traction. When AWD isn’t needed, the rear wheels will get 100% of the power for a more responsive road performance.

Unfortunately, the Accord isn’t available in AWD. So, if you often drive on less than favorable roads, the Accord might not be for you.

The 2018 Honda Accord is no doubt an impressive sedan. However, the 2018 INFINITI Q50 has a more stylish interior, and offers more in terms of features and performance.

If you live near Long Beach, Torrance, or Fullerton, and want to experience the Q50 in person, then schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Cerritos INFINITI today!

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