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You'll Be Smitten by Sleek, Sexy, Safe Infiniti Q50S

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SAN DIEGO ( TheStreet) — I rarely gush about a car.

Infiniti's Q50S deserves it. From the moment I laid eyes on it, I was smitten. Its exterior styling is sleek, sporty and sexy in all the right ways. It's not overdone, but rather makes a classy, stylish statement the way a pricey sports sedan should.

Then you open the door, turn on the ignition and can't help but be momentarily mesmerized by the large, bright dual LCD screens on the console. Many cars have one LCD screen these days. The Q50's two screens are just one more added luxury that sets this car apart.

Once you manage to pry your eyes off all of the technology the car is packed with, you begin to notice you're surrounded in rich leather with shiny aluminum accents, a tinted glass moonroof and power heated seats.

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Then you put the car in drive and pull away from the curb. The Q50's pickup is serious. Throw-you-back-in-your-seat serious. Its tight handling of the road reinforces what a well-made sports car this is. And that's when you really know for certain it's going to be a fun ride.

The Q50 is a sequel to Infiniti's G-series sedan, now known as the Q40. Its base price is $43,000.

Many reviews of the car have said the Q50 is Infiniti's attempt to hold its own among the likes of BMW, Lexus and Mercedes. Infiniti says that's not necessarily the case.

"I wouldn't say we were aiming for one thing or another. I think Infiniti is trying to be Infiniti," the automaker's spokesman, Kyle Bazemore, says of comparisons to other well-respected luxury cars.

Be that as it may, the carmaker has done a more than adequate job with the Q50 in giving luxury competitors a run for their money. When compared with many other cars I've test driven this year, the Q50 is the best combination of style, technology, luxury, performance and price.

There are several technological offerings in the car that Infiniti describes as world's firsts.

First, the Predictive Forward Collision Warning system.

This system warns you of risks that lie beyond the driver's field of view. Not only can it sense the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead of you, but also of a vehicle two cars ahead of you.

"We take it one step further," Bazemore says. "If the car two cars in front of you is slowing, there is a warning ... so you get to react first. It works through radar that bounces off the asphalt [and] goes under an 18-wheeler or if there is a low-slung sports car, it will go up and over."