|Premium midsize SUV; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $5,500 – $9,000*|
2001 Infiniti QX4
2001 Infiniti QX4
2001 Infiniti QX4 interior
2002 Infiniti QX4
2003 Infiniti QX4
Infiniti has offered its new-vehicle owners “red carpet” customer service, and the QX4’s all-wheel-drive system is a bonus. All told, though, neither the QX4 nor the Pathfinder has what it takes to be a compelling value against the competition.
In its second generation, the QX4 served as essentially an upscale Nissan Pathfinder. Updated for a debut in spring of 2000, as an early 2001 model, the QX4 gained a new twincam 3.5-liter V6 engine that produced 240 horsepower. That was quite a contrast to the prior single-cam 3.3-liter V6, which delivered only 170 hp. The same 3.5-liter powertrain went into the latest Pathfinder.
Exterior styling was revised, and a new dashboard was installed, with electro-luminescent gauges and an analog clock. Dimensions were largely unchanged. For the first time, a lower-cost two-wheel-drive version was offered.
The new QX4 had subtly rounded lines, along with a fresh grille and bumpers. Brighter high-intensity-discharge headlamps replaced the previous halogen units. Interior revisions included standard front side airbags. New options included a leather/simulated-wood steering wheel, heated rear seats, and a navigation system. Antilock braking was standard.
Nissan’s All-Mode four-wheel drive system could be used on dry pavement, and had separate low-range gearing. Rivals included the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 300, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury division.
Cruise control designed to maintain a set distance from other traffic was the main addition for 2002. The QX4 shared Nissan’s Intelligent Cruise Control with Infiniti’s flagship Q45 sedan. Employing laser sensors, the system was designed to automatically speed or slow the QX4 to keep it a constant distance from cars ahead.
Also new for 2002 was a revised audio system, plus audio controls for the available leather/wood steering wheel. The optional rear-seat video entertainment system offered a choice of VCR or DVD player.
Additional standard equipment for 2003 included curtain-type side airbags, available for the first time. Several new standard features had previously been part of the Premium Package, including 17-inch wheels, a driver-seat memory system, and a leather/woodgrain steering wheel with audio controls. Options included heated front/rear seats and a videotape or DVD rear-seat entertainment system, as well as a power moonroof.