2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for August 2017
by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician
Where Did We Drive It?
For the month of August, our 2017 Infiniti QX30 was found being studious in Stanford, traversing the flowering fields of Fresno, and grumbling in gridlock through the urban L.A. jungle.
Senior Editor Brent Romans made a trek up to Stanford in Palo Alto, California, and found the cute ute to be comfortable in both seating accoutrements and ride quality. I find it quite appealing for those same qualities, but I also prefer the size of the QX30 while driving around town and running errands. It's more akin to a sporty hatchback than a cumbersome SUV.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
During Brent's trip to Stanford, the QX returned 27.8 miles per gallon. That falls short of the record set the month before by our senior manager of content strategy, Josh Sadlier, who managed a 30.9-mpg tank.
During my commutes, I was able to observe the EPA combined mpg consistently, with 25.8 and 25.3 miles per gallon, respectively. There's some comfort to be had there from my perspective since the QX30 is getting what it is supposed to with mixed city and highway driving — especially in Los Angeles' typical traffic congestion.
Average lifetime mpg: 23.9
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (21 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 30.9 miles
Best range: 340.8 miles
Current odometer: 8,128 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I'm impressed by the QX30's seat comfort. I've driven the QX on a few four-hour drives recently and have been comfortable each time. It's an eight-way adjustable seat, with four-way power lumbar. (Based on pictures, it would seem to be the same used in the Mercedes GLA.) It's not a palatial-style throne, mind you, but all the same I like the cushioning and support it provides." — Brent Romans, senior editor
"Our QX30 has an agreeable ride quality on the highway. The suspension is firmly tuned, certainly, but there's just enough wheel travel and/or give from the tires to take the edge off sharp impacts." — Brent Romans
"Infiniti did a nice job giving the QX30's interior a luxurious vibe. The instrument panel design is familiar, but everything is trimmed nicely. I like the combination of the two-tone leather upholstery, stitched dashboard coverings, simulated suede headliner, leather door inserts, and wood and chrome trim pieces." — Brent Romans
"One follow-up to my earlier statement about the luxury trimmings in our QX30. Just about everything is nice ... except the feel of the engine start button. Unlike other typical starter buttons, this one sticks out from its housing a couple millimeters. This is problematic for two reasons: 1) It makes the button wobble in its housing a bit, which in turn makes it feel flimsy; and 2) Pushing it reminds me of pushing a toilet plunger button." — Brent Romans
"The QX30's adaptive cruise control works well in heavy, low-speed traffic. As traffic slows or stops, the QX30 brakes smoothly to keep a set distance from the car ahead. Low-speed shifting from the dual-clutch automatic transmission is unobtrusive, too. If you're driving in a lot of rush-hour traffic, setting the QX30's adaptive cruise can save you from constantly getting on and off the gas pedal." — Brent Romans
"Someone needs to invent an anti-glare screen for vehicle interiors. While riding shotgun, the sun hits the screen just right and all I see is glare." — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician