Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Infiniti QX4 Overview

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KBB.com 2002 Infiniti QX4 Overview

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QX4 Remains the Sole Luxury SUV from Infiniti

The QX4 is Infiniti's sole luxury offering in the SUV segment. As such, it bears the responsibility of maintaining the luxury maker's image in the market place until a newer, more advanced SUV can replace it. For the most part, aside from a few highline-options, today's QX4 still shares most of its parts with the Nissan Pathfinder, so much of what we say about one applies to the other as well.

The current engine in the QX4 is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 240-horsepower. The new V6 performs well in all situations and returns a respectable highway fuel figure of 18 mpg. Though the QX4 engine is quiet and smooth, it does exhibit some drive-line shudder—a mild vibration or shake that occurs on hard acceleration—and the vehicle's hair-trigger throttle makes it difficult to accelerate smoothly from a standing stop. The 4WD QX4 can be driven on the freeway in either 2WD or 4WD, thanks to Infiniti's All-mode 4WD system.

The interior is nicely appointed in leather and faux wood—very environmentally correct—and the front seats are nicely shaped and generously padded. The dash is handsomely sculpted, highlighted by a tasteful analog clock and electro-luminescent gauges. New for 2002 is an upgraded Bose audio system with a faster functioning 6-disc CD changer, a genuine wood steering wheel and the option of intelligent cruise control (a system which uses radar to maintain a safe distance between the QX4 and the vehicle in front of it).

Though the interior of the QX4 is not cramped, the tall seats and low roofline may limit headroom for those over six feet. You may also notice the B-pillar (the center-post that separates the front and rear doors) is very wide and creates a large blind spot over the driver's shoulder.

On the road, the QX4's independent front-strut suspension does fine on smooth pavement, but former luxury car owners may be taken aback by the way bumps, dips and irregularities in the road are telegraphed back to the passenger compartment. The steering response is good and the wheel has a nice, weighted feel to it.

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