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2017 Infiniti QX30 Review

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is on par with its rivals in the small-but-competitive luxury subcompact SUV class. The QX30 has a comfortable ride and decent space for passengers and cargo, but its handling is less than sporty. It also has a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Good engine power
  • Quality interior


  • Rivals are more athletic
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Limited outward visibility
  • Base-trim rear seat doesn’t fold




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Infiniti QX30 Overview

Is the 2017 Infiniti QX30 a Good Used Car?

A used 2017 QX30 is a decent choice among luxury subcompact SUVs. It has composed driving dynamics and sufficient engine power, making it a good commuting partner. Rear passenger space is ok, but the rear doors can make it hard to get in and out. This Infiniti’s most appealing trait may be its below-average list prices compared with its German rivals. It also has lower operating costs than its competitors by thousands of dollars.

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We’ve researched 15 Infiniti QX30 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Infiniti QX30?

Prices for the 2017 QX30 range from about $21,000 to about $32,000, with the average price landing just above $26,500. This data comes from more than 250 listings for the 2017 QX30 on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Cost to Own?

The 2017 QX30 tends to be more affordable than its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. Estimated costs for these expenses total around $26,800 over five years. By comparison, a 2017 BMW X1’s projected five-year costs are around $2,000 higher than the QX30’s, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA’s costs are about $2,900 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX30?

Infiniti introduced the QX30 as an all-new model for the 2017 model year. The 2018 Infiniti QX30 saw no major changes. A used 2017 will likely save you thousands of dollars, and it’s practically the same vehicle as the new 2018 model. The 2018 QX30 has a base price of around $30,000. That’s several thousand dollars higher than the average price of a 2017 QX30, which takes into account higher, more expensive trims.

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There are no new luxury subcompact SUVs that you can buy for the price of a used 2017 QX30. However, there are lots of well-rounded new subcompact SUVs that get pretty luxurious in the higher trims.

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is one of the most athletic crossovers in its class, and it has an upmarket interior throughout its trim range. The top-of-the-line CX-3 Grand Touring retails for just over $25,000, and it comes with amenities like leather upholstery, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a moonroof, a Bose stereo, navigation, and a head-up display.

The 2018 Honda HR-V boasts an adult-friendly second row and a massive, versatile cargo hold. Like the CX-3, the HR-V’s top trim costs around $25,000. We named the HR-V our 2018 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money because of its combination of quality and value.

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Which Model Year of the Infiniti QX30 Is Best?

Since the 2017 QX30 was an all-new model, there are no older used versions available.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Infiniti QX30?

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are three open recalls that apply to the 2017 QX30. All three deal with improperly functioning airbags. The driver airbag may deploy inadvertently, and the driver-side curtain airbag and passenger airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash. Be sure an Infiniti dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2017 QX30.

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Which Used Infiniti QX30 Model Is Right for Me?

2017 Infiniti QX30 is available in four trims: base, Luxury, Premium, and Sport. If you want all-wheel drive, you’ll have to choose either the Luxury or the Premium trim. Even then, it’s only available in some of those models.

The Premium model is likely the best value for the features that it brings. You’ll get Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a Bose premium sound system. You can also find certain Premium models with a panoramic moonroof, navigation, and a whole host of advanced safety features.

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What Does Infiniti's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Infiniti offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage.

Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Infiniti CPO vehicles also receive free maintenance for one year. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption coverage may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

Infiniti has one of the better CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus and Audi are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the QX30?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 Infiniti QX30. Many luxury vehicles don’t undergo crash testing.

A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature that comes standard in the 2017 QX30. Available active safety technologies include parking sensors, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and a surround-view camera.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX30 or 2017 BMW X1?

The 2017 BMW X1 is a better SUV than the QX30. The X1 hits all the marks for a small, sporty crossover. It has class-leading performance thanks to its spry acceleration and athletic handling. The X1 also has a lot more cargo space than the QX30 offers. The BMW’s rear seats are roomy and allow adult passengers to get comfortable. Both of these SUVs have quality interiors, but the X1’s cabin is probably the most upscale in this segment. Great safety and predicted reliability ratings round out the credentials for the X1’s high ranking. Cost is one downside of the X1. Its average list price is around $8,000 higher than that of the QX30, and the BMW’s five-year costs are about $2,000 more.

Which Is Better: 2017 Infiniti QX30 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The QX30 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA are pretty evenly matched. Both SUVs feature a 208-horsepower engine, and they have comparable acceleration. The GLA has more athletic handling and sacrifices some ride quality, while the QX30 rides more comfortably at the expense of an engaging drive. The GLA also offers a high-performance variant in the Mercedes-AMG GLA45, with a 375-horsepower turbocharged engine. The Mercedes has a little less cargo space behind its rear seat than the Infiniti, and the GLA's back seat is a little more cramped. The GLA’s infotainment controls are pretty straightforward, and it offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which aren’t available in the QX30. You’ll have to weigh your needs, but the QX30’s lower average list prices and estimated operating costs make it a better choice for most buyers.

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2017 QX30 Performance

How Does the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Drive?

The 2017 QX30 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It makes 208 horsepower, which should be plenty of oomph for most drivers. This powertrain is especially well-suited to driving around town, with quick acceleration from a stop to help you dart through city traffic. The QX30 performs well on the highway too, which means you’ll have no problems passing or merging.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard. It has passable performance, though it can falter under especially brisk acceleration. The QX30 doesn't always upshift at the appropriate time, and when it does eventually shift, there can be an unpleasant clunk as the transmission engages. Using the transmission in manual mode and shifting with the paddle shifters can alleviate this issue.

It may have athletic styling, but the QX30 doesn't really handle like a sporty SUV. It feels much more at home as a daily driver in city traffic. The steering is precise, and there’s easy maneuverability for navigating tight turns or crowded parking lots. The QX30’s multi-link suspension cushions most imperfections in the road, and the strong brakes bring you to a stop quickly. The QX30 comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its standard front-wheel drive, the 2017 QX30 gets 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is about average for a luxury subcompact SUV. Mileage drops to 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.

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2017 QX30 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 QX30 Seat?

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 seats five people. You'll be comfortable on long drives thanks to the well-cushioned and supportive front seats, which have ample side bolstering to keep you from sliding around when cornering. If you're especially tall, you may find that the QX30's front seats – like those in most subcompact SUVs – don't offer a lot of room. Two average-sized adults can fit comfortably in the back, but the small opening of the back doors make getting in and out a challenge. Visibility out the back isn't great due to the sloping roof and thick support pillars.

Cloth upholstery and manual-adjustable front seats are standard. Available seating amenities include leatherette or Nappa leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Infiniti QX30?

The QX30 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections on the rear outboard seats.

2017 Infiniti QX30 Features

Standard features in the 2017 QX30 include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, and navigation.

It will take some time to learn the QX30's infotainment system, which has a control knob, virtual on-screen buttons, and physical buttons. The arrangement of the physical buttons is a bit unintuitive, as a few of them are on the center stack by the touch screen and others are on the console near the control knob. The screen is recessed into the dashboard, making it difficult to reach if you need to tap controls on the screen. Climate and audio controls are set with physical buttons and knobs on the center stack, so you can make temperature and volume adjustments without fussing with the infotainment screen.

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2017 Infiniti QX30 Dimensions

Infiniti QX30 Cargo Space

The QX30 has 19.2 cubic feet of space behind its second-row seats, which is about average for the class. Upper trims have a split-folding rear seat that lets you expand the amount of usable cargo room, but the base trim's rear seatbacks don't fold at all.

2017 QX30 Length and Weight

The 2017 QX30 is 14.5 feet long. Curb weight values range from 3,280 to 3,475, depending on the trim and drivetrain.

Where Was the 2017 Infiniti QX30 Built?

Infiniti assembled the 2017 QX30 in the United Kingdom, and the car’s engines were built in Germany.

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