The 2018 Infiniti QX30 is one of a handful of offerings in the subcompact luxury crossover segment. It has minimal to no options at the base and lower levels, while higher trims have access to additional equipment.
There are four trims available for the 2018 QX30; base, Luxury, Premium and Sport. The base model is priced quite competitively within the segment and comes decently equipped with the same turbocharged inline-four engine that powers all models, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, 7-inch Infiniti InTouch infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with HD and satellite radio and a USB ports. The small price jump to the Luxury trim will be worth it for most people, adding power and heat to the front seats along with premium leather upholstery. You can also specify all-wheel drive at this trim level.
The jump to the Premium trim is similar to the move from base to Luxury, but it's where the essential options like the Technology package become available. And due to the visibility issues in the QX30, the driver's aids that come in the Tech package are invaluable. Aside from access to the packages, you also gain a Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, LED foglights, and rain-sensing wipers. At this level, however, the Infiniti QX30 is beginning to look like less of a bargain.
For those who want to go a step further up the price ladder, and over on the sport spectrum, there's the QX30 Sport. It's pricier than that of a Premium trim model with all-wheel drive and isn't offered with all-wheel drive. It does a lower-riding sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels with run-flat summer tires, front and rear parking sensors, unique sport front and rear lower fascias, body-color side sill panels, a black-colored grille, front sport seats with synthetic-suede seat trim with leatherette upholstery, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a key item from the technology package; the 360-degree camera system. Considering how stiff we found the all-wheel-drive Premium model with its raised suspension, we imagine the Sport's ride to be fairly punishing if your daily commute roads aren't butter-smooth.
Comparing the 2018 QX30 to the rest of the segment, there's money to be saved at the lower trim levels. However the ideal configuration is going to bump the final price well above where the QX30 starts, which somewhat weakens the case for it. Still, the QX30 does have its strengths, which will be all the reason to choose it over another. You can compare the QX30 against others in the class or find the exact QX30 model you want here on Edmunds.
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