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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for April 2018

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
The small proportions of our 2017 Infiniti QX30 are best suited for life as a city dweller, the role it fulfilled for most of April. Halfway through the month, we broke up the monotony of putting around town and office commuting with a 270-mile road trip south to San Diego.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for February 2018

by Will Kaufman, Associate Staff Writer

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
In the shortest month, our 2017 Infiniti QX30 largely handled local commuting duties, and yours truly drove the little beast to San Diego through the worst of what South L.A. traffic can offer. Along the way, our reactions were ... mixed. Senior Writer Mark Takahashi felt so strongly that he couldn't express his dissatisfaction without relying on cultural references from a quarter-century ago.

There's still praise around the office for the Mercedes-cum-Infiniti's punchy acceleration and maneuverability, but the cramped interior, clunky transmission and outdated infotainment haven't won it many converts.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for January 2018

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Manager

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Infiniti QX30 didn't travel far last month, spending most of its time around the Los Angeles and Orange County sprawls of Southern California. The staff continues to be divided on the Liquid-Copper-Rose-Gold-Pink-Champagne paint, but there's no question about its ability to draw people's attention.

Even in such a low-mileage month, our staff wasn't short on observations, ranging from a quirky electronic glitch to an interesting feature that likely no QX30 owner in the U.S. has used. (Tell us if we're wrong.) We get into these in the logbook comments below.

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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 October 2017

by Laurel Carden, Social Media Manager

2017 Infiniti QX30

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.

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2017 Infiniti QX30: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Infiniti QX30

Where Did We Drive It?
Aside from a trip from one end of California to the other, our long-term 2017 Infiniti QX30 didn't see much action this month. Our typical commutes around town, combined with its one long highway stint, were enough to add over 1,500 miles in four weeks, though. As a result, it's ahead of schedule with more than 10,000 miles on the clock after just five months in the fleet. It seems popular enough to get signed out on a regular basis, but as we're nearing the halfway point of our test, a few complaints have started to crop up.

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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 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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