This is a very good looking sturdy SUV and a great second hand buy. It is basically a luxury Nissan Pathfinder, with an auto (AWD) mode, although the AWD mode is not that effective.
Compared to a Lexus or Acura, the suspension is stiffer and cabin noise is higher.
My biggest regret with this vehicle (which I should have checked when I bought) :
The rear seating is very uncomfortable, there is hardly any headroom and sits very high. If you plan on using a car seat DO NOT BUY buy this SUV. The passenger door entry is narrow and the seats being high, moving a toddler in and out of the car seat is not a pleasant affair.
. Cargo space
. HID Xenons
. The cat convertor near the exhaust cracks at the seams - needs to be welded.
. SES light comes on - in my case it is either the fuel cap or the post cat O2 sensors (a common problem and replacing O2 sensors will help, but will occur again unless the ECU is programmed).
. The BOSE CD system will keep skipping CDs after a couple of years and installing an aftermarket system is not that easy.
. The IVIS - infiniti vehicle immobilizer system is very sensitive to interference from other
RFID sources (access cards etc.). It intermittently fails to recognize my key and then starts working again.
. Brake pedal travel, needs getting used to
Just bought the car on 31st of Jan 08. It snowed about 6 inches here in the Chicago Land area and boy was I glad to finally have a vehicle with 4X4. Classy leather interior with elegant woodgrain trim. Extremely smooth and powerful drive for a mid-class SUV.
4X4 option in snowy weather is a big plus, love the bose stereo sound.
Gas mileage isnt that great, but thats whats expected when you have 250 ponies under the hood.
I sold my 2006 Land Cruiser and bought QX4 and cannot be happier. QX4 is much more fun to drive. QX4 is functional - every detail makes sense. Engine is a powerful beast. This car is a classic and for an SUV you will not find any better deal.
I've driven this SUV for almost 2 years and am very satisified with the entire experience, except the gas mileage. I'm getting 14.5 mpg in town and am usually the only occupant of the car. Bummer. I upgraded from the I30 to this car and I love being up higher than most oncoming headlights.
Heated seats, good visibility, beautiful interior.
Amazing first car to have. Parents bought it for me, I'm just 16 and it is an awesome first car. For being a used car, it is a pretty nice car for a teenager. Car is easy to drive, very mobile, and just the perfect amount of space in the driver's seat and it's easy to see all around you. Car is fast once you get going. It is probably the most comfortable car to drive. The sound system is incredible. It could be better with more bass but its good. I love the luxury package of the car with wood grain everywhere.
I love the stock rims, when you are pulling into a parking lot or just when you go slow the rims flash and looks amazing. Car's exterior is probably still my favorite of most cars. Car looks so good that it looks as if it costs a million. I love the headlights too, I always get compliments on them.
I think the belt of the car and the brakes after a while wears out. The back seat needs to have more room and more leg room. For future improvements they should just work on the comfort in the back seat but overall the best car. Fuel economy is horrible.