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You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 INFINITI QX30 OVERVIEW
INFINITI's newest model is also its most affordable and hardest to categorize. The QX30 is officially billed as a compact crossover, but looks more like a hatchback and handles with the precision of a sporty coupe. Whatever you want to call it, the QX30 is certainly something unique in the entry-level luxury class.
What's New for 2017
The QX30 is a totally new model.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX30
Every QX30 is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower, matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and some trim levels are eligible for all-wheel drive, which increases ride height by 1.2 inches.
The cabin certainly measures up to what we expect in a luxury vehicle and can accommodate up to five passengers. With the rear seat in place, you get 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is quite decent for a vehicle of this size. However, total capacity is just 34 cubic feet, which trails more traditional crossovers by a significant margin.
The new QX30 is offered in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium, and Sport.
With an MSRP of $30,000, the base model seems like a great deal until you realize that you can't get power seats, leather, or all-wheel drive. Upgrading to the Luxury is almost mandatory in our view, but its lack of options limits its appeal as well. That makes the Premium the sweet spot for most buyers.