Monthly Update for December 2017 - 2017 Infiniti QX30 Long-Term Road Test

2017 Infiniti QX30 Long-Term Road Test

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Abigail Bassett, Senior Director, Video & Social Media

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Infiniti QX30 spent half of the month of December in Northern California with Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans and the other half in Southern California commuting and gift-shopping with me. Between us, we logged 614 miles in the Liquid Copper SUV.

I've been in our QX30 a few times but never spent more than a few nights with it, and I'm impressed by the pep in its step and the steering ratio. More than a few times I was able to navigate through or around a tight spot where other SUVs might struggle. As Brent pointed out in his comments, driving the QX30 feels far more akin to navigating a smaller hatchback than an SUV.

That coziness, however, tended to drive my passengers insane. My companion is 6-foot-2, and nearly every time he climbed into the passenger seat, he hit his head and caught his foot on the way in. The ingress and egress is tighter than it appears even with the front seats slid far back, and taller passengers really have to crunch down to get in without banging their limbs. By the end of my time with the Infiniti, my boyfriend was not sad to see it go.

2017 Infiniti QX30

One of the best parts about spending time in our QX30 was the amount of attention that the rose gold color, what Infiniti calls Liquid Copper, received. Some of the guys in the office call it "skin-tag pink," but I like it. It turns out I'm not the only one. In more than one case, random people, both men and women, came up to me while I was loading up at the grocery store or heading home from teaching yoga to compliment the looks and color of the small crossover.

In my experience, no other car in our fleet gets this kind of attention and my hat's off to Infiniti for trying such an eye-catching color. A lot of the folks I talked to thought the color made the QX30 look more premium, and they were often surprised when I told them it was an Infiniti. It turns out that I am not the only road tester who likes the color, either. Editor Josh Sadlier, who called himself the mayor of "QX30-ville" in last month's update, notes that the rose gold really scratches the right itch.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We put the 2017 Infiniti QX30 through a variety of traffic situations and logged 614.7 miles in December, both long highway runs and enough stop-and-go traffic to last a lifetime. It averaged 24.1 mpg for the month, less than the EPA estimate of 25 mpg combined and behind last month's 27.4 mpg. That's likely due to the rotten bumper-to-bumper traffic that I drive in from the South Bay to Santa Monica twice a day.

Average lifetime mpg: 24 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (21 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 30.9 mpg
Best range: 411.7 miles
Current odometer: 13,853 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep

Logbook Highlights
"If I were to buy an Infiniti QX30, I think I'd go with the Premium trim level. That's what our long-term QX30 is. Compared to the midlevel Luxury trim, the Premium gets the Bose audio system, a sunroof, automatic wipers, and a garage door opener, among a few other features. Suggested price is $37,700 (2018 model, with AWD) versus $34,400 for a comparable Luxury trim. More importantly, the Premium is the only way to get the optional Technology package, which has the very useful top-down parking camera, blind-spot monitoring and forward collision mitigation system. It'd be nice if Infiniti also offered that package on the Luxury, though." — Brent Romans, senior automotive editor

"I like the way Infiniti tuned the QX30's frontal collision warning system. In my experience, it rarely issues warnings (or brakes) unless the situation is truly worthy of my attention. It's not a Chicken Little kind of system. No doubt it's hard for an automaker to make these kinds of systems effective but not overly intrusive." — Brent Romans

"Infiniti markets the QX30 as a crossover SUV. But the reality is that driving our QX30 reminds me more of what it's like to drive a hatchback. Interior passenger and cargo space are a lot like what you'll find in, say, a Mazda 3. And the QX30's handling and engine performance remind me of driving a VW GTI. It's a bit cozy inside, but it's certainly entertaining to drive." — Brent Romans

"The back seats of the QX30 pose a bit of a challenge for anyone over 5 feet 6. With taller passengers in front, the clearance behind the front seatbacks is very narrow, and the rake of the roof toward the tailgate further diminishes headroom. This wouldn't be a surprise if the QX30 was marketed as a hatchback, but as a crossover SUV, you expect more headroom. The rear seats are firm and not nearly as comfortable as the more molded front seats. They'd be fine for smaller passengers, but if you're planning on carrying adults for long stretches, be prepared for complaints of cramped legs and stiff backs." — Abigail Bassett, senior director, video & social media

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