Audi versus BMW, Mercedes-Benz versus Lexus — these are matchups of firmly established luxury marques. But when you want a luxury experience with a lower price tag, you’ll find that a less prestigious premium brand might have a lot to offer.
Two such examples are Acura and Infiniti. These Japanese brands (the luxury divisions of Honda and Nissan, respectively) haven’t resonated with customers to the same extent as their Lexus countrymate. That means you get a compelling bargain if you’re looking at a compact luxury sedan like the 2022 Acura TLX or 2022 Infiniti Q50. For this review, we’ve tested both the TLX and the Q50 to compare them in eight categories and then name an overall winner. Keep reading to learn which one we chose and see which one sounds like the better smartly priced luxury sedan for you.