by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
During May, we added 1,146 miles to the QX30's odometer, but in June we were only able to tack on 815 miles. That meant a total of four stops at the pump for nearly 40 gallons of fuel, which averaged out to 20.8 mpg. While that doesn't quite match the EPA city rating, it did bring our lifetime average up a bit. We also saw our most efficient tank yet at 26.4 mpg.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.4
EPA mpg rating: 25 combined (21 city/30 highway)
Best fill mpg: 26.4
Best range: 314.2 miles
Current odometer: 2,964 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"This engine sure does make a racket. Firing up the QX30 in my garage makes enough noise to remind of me of what it sounded like when a previous car of mine lunched its water pump on startup. I expect better sound deadening of the direct injection from Infiniti." — Kurt Niebuhr, photo editor
"Where's normal mode? The Infiniti QX30 defaults to Eco driving mode. It's quick to shift gears in an effort to conserve fuel, but it feels a bit sluggish to accelerate. There's also a Sport mode but it is a bit too high-strung for daily driving. The only other choice is manual mode, but that's too much work. It doesn't solve the problem of being a nice in-between mode that you can set and forget. I can't think of another car that doesn't have a normal mode. Eco mode should be a choice, not the default." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor
"For tall drivers (I'm 6-foot-1), the QX30 feels cramped up front. The driver's seat never seems to go low enough, but that's something of an illusion — really, the position of the cowl and the cabin is fine. It's that the top of the windshield and the headliner isn't high enough. I look out the top-most portion of the windshield and my hair brushes the headliner. Things aren't helped by the aggressive rake of the windshield pillar, which also threatens to knock me on the pate if I lean forward even a little bit. If you're tall, you may not like the QX30." — Jason Kavanagh, engineering editor
"It might be the number of times I've whacked my head while getting out of the QX30, but I've lost track of how many times I've smacked my skull against the roof of this thing. There is shockingly little headroom in this cute ute." — Kurt Niebuhr
"I'm a huge fan of sunroofs and I was disappointed to find that our Infiniti QX30 doesn't have one. It has a large panoramic roof instead. It works great as a skylight, but that's about it. You can't crack it open to let in more air or get an open feel to the cabin." — Ron Montoya
"People seem to love the way this Infiniti looks. I'll admit, I'm fonder of the sheet metal on the QX30 than its Mercedes-Benz brother (the GLA), but I'm not sure it's my favorite design. My opinion aside, I was approached in parking lots more than once this weekend and given compliments on the looks of this car. People ask about the color, tell me it's a good-looking car, and in general, stop and stare. Apparently there's something about it that keeps people looking." — Travis Langness, automotive editor
"Is it just me or is the rear hatch in the QX30 unusually hefty? It feels like Infiniti designed it for motorized closure and forgot to install the hardware. Or maybe I haven't been hitting the weights hard enough. ..." — Kurt Niebuhr