2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for October 2017
by Laurel Carden, Social Media Manager
Where Did We Drive It?
We didn't drive our 2017 Infiniti QX30 as much as usual last month. It seemed we couldn't escape the dark cloud hovering above it. The gloom that followed wasn't the car's, but our own, and it kept our Infiniti on the sidelines for much of October.
Early in the month the QX30 played the role of support vehicle for a video shoot. On location the driver twisted an ankle, subsequently placing her and the car out of commission for an extended period. She recovered enough to pass the key off to the next editor, who came down with the flu. More driveway time for the QX. In hopes of catching up on mileage, we sent it to Las Vegas for the weekend preceding Halloween. I was asked not to mention how much money was left there.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
There are no significant changes to report. Not much is going to change if the car doesn't spend any time on the road. Since we drove just 1,111 miles since the last update, all records remained intact, except one: We had an ever-so-slight dip of 0.2 mpg in our lifetime average mpg.
Average lifetime mpg: 23.6
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (21 city/30 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 30.9
Best range: 411.7 miles
Current odometer: 11,129 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"A couple times on the drive home, I needed to make a quick left in heavy L.A. traffic and wasn't sure the QX30 was quite up to it, even in Sport mode. The transmission seems to lag a bit. Once it's on the go, acceleration seems much more assured." — Kathleen Clonts, copy chief
"The interior leather is soft and feels very high-quality. The placement of the knob for the infotainment center is in the center console, which is really easy to access and use." — Laurel Carden, social media manager
"The blind-spot warning light pops up in this crevice of the window pillar. For me, it wasn't as easy to see as a warning light in a mirror." — Kathleen Clonts
"It seemed to take me longer than it should have to back out of a parking spot, knowing the QX30 is fairly compact. The parking sensors chimed in, warning about a big pillar next to the car, which elevated my stress a bit. But at other times, like when parking next to a wall with no parking curb, I was happy to have the sensors and the camera's help." — Kathleen Clonts
"After reorganizing my entire apartment, I had a ton of things to return and donations for Salvation Army. The back seats were super easy to put down, making it really easy to load up the car. It fit all my stuff, and running errands in the sporty Infiniti was extra fun." — Laurel Carden
"There's a rattle coming from the roof area just above the side roof pillar on the driver's side. I know it's coming from there because if I press on the headliner in that spot it goes away. Our QX30 just passed 10,000 miles, which isn't very much, so it's worrying to see build-quality issues cropping up already." — Will Kaufman, associate staff writer