Monthly Update for March 2018 — 2017 Infiniti QX30 Long-Term Road Test

Where Did We Drive It?
Our little wonder, the 2017 Infiniti QX30, is a bit polarizing. You either love it or hate it. Though diminutive, the QX30 redeems itself with its quickness and small form, which is wonderful when parking in tiny metropolitan spaces. With its distinctive Liquid Copper hue, it’s also easy to spot in crowded parking lots. Sadly, we barely drove it in March. When we did, it was to commute home or to run a variety of errands close to Edmunds HQ.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
During the month of February, we logged roughly 500 miles in our QX30. It didn’t fare so well mileage-wise in March either. You can blame the influx of new long-term hotness in our fleet (the new Wrangler, Kia Stinger and Mazda CX-5) or the BMW fest of six short-term vehicles. By month’s end, we put only 588 miles on the QX30, which barely beats our February total, though we did get 23.9 mpg. That matches our lifetime average, so we’re neither disappointed nor excited by the result.

Average lifetime mpg: 23.8
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (20 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 30.9
Best range: 411.7 miles
Current odometer: 15,572 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep


Logbook Highlights

«Since I do a lot of city driving, I’ve never felt a need to use cruise control. But when I was told that our QX30 had full-stop capable dynamic cruise control, I wanted to give it a shot on my daily commute. But once seated in the car, I couldn’t see any cruise control buttons on the steering wheel or any additional control stalks. Feeling around, I realized that there’s a dedicated cruise control stalk below the turn-signal stalk, completely hidden behind the steering wheel. And since the stalk is invisible, I couldn’t read any of the function labels to figure out which action activated which function.» — Calvin Kim, road test editor

«Personally, I’m a big fan of the QX30. While small, it still feels very comfortable from a driver’s perspective. Now, if I was a passenger sitting behind me (I’m 5 feet 10 inches for reference), I would probably be irate.» — Rex Tokeshi-Torres, vehicle testing technician

«When opening the rear hatch of the QX30, I noticed that it doesn’t release on the first press. You have to press it a second time for the latch to release. I can’t imagine this is by design, so perhaps this is something that needs to be checked when we take it in for service.» — Jonathan Elfalan, road test manager