2017 Infiniti QX30 Long-Term Road Test - Comfort

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for December 2017

by Abigail Bassett, Senior Director, Video & Social Media

2017 Infiniti QX30

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.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Brent Romans, Senior Editor

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
We added a decent chunk of miles to our 2017 Infiniti QX30 this month. Josh Sadlier drove it up to Northern California for a golfing trip, and I took my family to visit relatives for Thanksgiving. The combination, plus our normal commuting, gave us about 2,000 more miles on the odometer. Our QX30 earned favorable comments overall about the way it drives and looks, but its infotainment interface drew plenty of ire this month.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Rex Tokeshi-Torres, Vehicle Testing Technician

2017 Infiniti QX30

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.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager of Content Strategy

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
Oregon. We drove the long-term 2017 Infiniti QX30 from Los Angeles to Bend, Oregon, and back. Specifically, I did I'm the one who likes to drive to the Pacific Northwest every summer because the otherwise perpetual rain is on pause, the sky stays light till 10 p.m., and I have a friend in Portland who's eager to take advantage before the clouds roll in again.

Our copper pink Infiniti needed the miles this year, so I pocketed the key and headed northeast out of the L.A. basin toward Highway 395, which runs north along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
After a relatively busy May, our long-term 2017 Infiniti QX30 had a pretty low-mileage June. Our editors commuted around Los Angeles and otherwise lived in the QX30 like average owners. We were able to hit a few fuel-economy milestones and get several impressions about this sleek-looking hatchback, especially what it's like to be a tall driver in such a low-profile car.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD: Monthly Update for April and May 2017

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
We spent April and May getting to know the 2017 Infiniti QX30, mostly driving it to and from the office on city streets and highway. Josh Sadlier managed to get it a little dirty, however, motoring the QX30 to a trailhead at Topanga State Park in the Los Angeles wilds. And Dan Edmunds learned firsthand that the QX30 isn't quite as advanced as it might seem, sustaining an episode of upper-arm trauma courtesy of the crossover's archaic door lock design.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Introduction

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2017 Infiniti QX30

Compact crossovers are in high demand, especially in the luxury segment. Infiniti is hoping to capitalize on the trend with its new 2017 QX30. Rather than building an all-new vehicle from the ground up, however, Infiniti partnered with Mercedes-Benz to create a vehicle that mixes German parts with a Japanese design.

The QX30 shares its engine and transmission with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, while the suspension has been retuned by Infiniti. Styling, both inside and out, is where the QX30 departs from its German cousin.

What Infiniti has made is a mashup of hatchback, coupe and crossover, meant to offer athleticism, utility and looks. It's positioned as an entry-level offering for the brand, aimed at a slightly younger demographic. The QX30 is not only a new competitor in a very hot segment; it's a pivotal vehicle for a brand hungry for new customers. With that in mind, we saw it as a perfect fit for our long-term fleet.

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