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2018 Infiniti QX30 Review

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 has a solid powertrain and an elegant interior with many standard features. However, its limited passenger space and below-average predicted reliability rating keep it mired in the bottom of the luxury subcompact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Handsome cabin with high-grade materials
  • Lots of features for a low price
  • Small cargo area
  • Poor rearward visibility




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Infiniti QX30 Overview

Is the 2018 Infiniti QX30 a Good Used SUV?

The QX30 is a decent option for those who want luxury badging without the luxury price. Although this Infiniti has its selling points, it can’t compete with higher-ranking luxury subcompact SUVs.

The 2018 QX30 has some advantages:

  • Lowest average list price in the class
  • Lengthy standard features list
  • Good-looking interior with high-end materials
  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Strong engine
  • Comfortable, composed ride

However, it has more weaknesses:

  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Unrefined transmission
  • Cramped interior
  • Cluttered dashboard
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Little cargo space for the class
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Infiniti QX30 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 14 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Infiniti QX30?

The average price for a 2018 Infiniti QX30 listed on our site is $25,900. Prices range from $20,500 to $31,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Infiniti QX30 Cost to Own?

The 2018 QX30’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $28,980, or $5,796 per year. That’s slightly below average for a luxury subcompact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New QX30?

Pricing for a 2019 Infiniti QX30 starts at $30,150. There have been few changes since the QX30 launched for 2017. A model from 2017 or 2018 costs less than a 2019, but it offers all the same features.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Infiniti QX30?

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Infiniti QX30 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Infiniti QX30:

  • Seat belt anchorage may detach
  • Driver air bag could inadvertently deploy

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Infiniti QX30 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Infiniti QX30 comes in four trims: base, Luxury, Premium, and Sport. All models have a four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The base QX30 comes with a good number of standard features for the class, making it a great value. The QX30 Luxury and Premium trims don’t add many additional technology or safety features, but both feature some high-end seating and comfort upgrades. The QX30 Sport boosts the SUV’s performance dynamics with a sport-tuned suspension and a lower ride height, with bold styling to match.

  • Infiniti QX30: The base model includes cloth seats, a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Infiniti QX30 Luxury: The Luxury trim adds Nappa leather upholstery and heated front seats with eight-way power-adjustments.
  • Infiniti QX30 Premium: The Premium trim comes with a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, a panoramic moonroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Infiniti QX30 Sport: The QX30 Sport has a unique design, a lower ride height, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and aluminum-trimmed pedals. It also features front sport seats, synthetic leather upholstery, sportier suspension tuning, and the self-parking Intelligent Park Assist system.

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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, Tesla, and Jaguar are among the very few that are better.

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How Safe Is the QX30?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety has crash tested the 2018 QX30.  

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • active park assist
  • parallel park assist
  • reverse-park assist
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • lane departure warning
  • 360-degree parking camera

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2018 Infiniti QX30 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Infiniti QX30 or 2018 Audi Q3?

The 2018 Audi Q3 shares just a couple of the QX30’s highlights: a comfortable ride and an upscale cabin. The Q3 is a better vehicle overall, but it may not fit your needs. It falls short of the Infiniti in some important areas. Its rear seats are even smaller than the QX30’s, and the Audi has one of the lowest cargo capacities in the class. Aside from space concerns, the Q3 also has fewer standard features and a weaker engine. Still, it manages to best the QX30 in our rankings by virtue of its perfect safety score and superb predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2018 Infiniti QX30 or 2018 BMW X1?

The BMW X1 sits near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It boasts a powerful, smooth engine and athletic handling. To top it off, the X1 has class-leading cargo space and a much roomier cabin than the QX30. The X1 and its perks will cost you, however, as its average list price is about $10,000 higher than the QX30’s. If the X1 fits in your budget, it is a far better choice.

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2018 QX30 Performance

How Does the 2018 Infiniti QX30 Drive?

The QX30’s turbocharged engine provides more than enough power for both city and highway commutes. The transmission is quick to respond most of the time, but it can occasionally feel coarse and struggle to find the right gear. The QX30’s suspension is tuned more for comfort than agility, but the SUV maintains its composure around corners.  

  • Base engine: 208-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 Infiniti QX30 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The QX30 is fuel efficient, earning some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class.

  • FWD: 24/33 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 21/30 mpg

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2018 QX30 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 QX30 Seat?

The 2018 QX30 seats five people in two rows. The seats are well-cushioned, and those up front offer good side support. However, the cabin feels quite cramped, and the SUV’s low roofline and thick pillars limit rearward visibility. The back seat is spacious enough for a pair of adults, but legroom is tight.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable front seats 
  • heated front seats
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Infiniti QX30?

The 2018 QX30 has two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats.

2018 Infiniti QX30 Features

The infotainment system responds quickly to inputs and is fairly easy to use. Still, it’s not as modern as some rival systems, and the controls can be difficult for the driver to reach. Additionally, the QX30’s dashboard has an overwhelming number of buttons and controls, so you may want to get acquainted with them before hitting the road. 

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, and a panoramic moonroof
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Infiniti QX30 Dimensions

Infiniti QX30 Cargo Space

The QX30 has a below-average amount of cargo space for the class: 19.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and 34 cubic feet with the second row collapsed.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Infiniti QX30 Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,280 to 3,364 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,277 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Infiniti QX30 Built?

Infiniti built the QX30 in the United Kingdom and Germany.


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