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THE RIDE: Four-door, five-passenger 2017 Infiniti QX30 luxury compact crossover.
DOWN THE ROAD: An all-new model, the front-wheel-drive QX30 is agile and quick on the road, boasting a first-rate ride and commendable handling.
TECH & PERFORMANCE: Under the hood resides a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 turbocharged engine that cranks out 208 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 258 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. We liked the slick and seamless 7-speed auto dual-clutch transmission, which also be shifted manually. A front MacPherson strut and a rear multilink suspension ensure stability at sharp turns, corner and bumps on the road. The electric-power steering conveys a direct feel. Manual, eco and sport modes are offered.
LOOK & FEEL: Based on a steel unibody construction, the QX30 is one sharp-looking vehicle. It all starts at the double-wave aluminum hood that meets up with a double-arch gloss black grille, surrounded by traditional Infiniti-shaped halogen headlights and fog lamps. Also noticeable are LED running lights and tail lamps, dual chrome exhaust tips, body-color side sills and a low-slung roofline. The cabin is awash with luxury and comfort features such as eight-way power front seats, push-button ignition, 60/40-split rear seat, flat-bottom leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, Bose audio with 10 speakers, dual a/c, and aluminum pedal finishers. The familiar Infiniti double-wave instrument panel lights up with electroluminescent analog gauges.
SAFETY FIRST: Dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, vehicle dynamic and traction control, parking sensors, hill start assist, front/rear crumple zones, Around View Monitor, moving object detection, energy absorbing steering column, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
OUT THE DOOR: $38,500, plus tax, tag, delivery and destination charges.
BY THE NUMBERS: Tires, 235/45R19; wheelbase, 106.3 inches; length, 174.2 inches; fuel capacity, 13.2 gallons; city, 24 mpg; highway, 33 mpg; Web site:
WHY DIG IT: If you are looking for a carlike ride that offers luxury, convenience and utilitarian features, then the QX30 should fit the bill. Hats off to Infiniti for introducing this much-needed, practical crossover.

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