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2002 Infiniti QX4 Review
A luxurious and very capable SUV.
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In past years, the Infiniti QX4 was not worthy of the premium price commanded over its structural and mechanical double, the Nissan Pathfinder. Important updates last year added more optional and standard content, and more power. This meant the car-like QX4, finally stepped up in dealing with its competition.
The 2002 Infiniti QX4 has a 3.3-liter V-6 with 240 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, which is matched with an automatic four-speed that drives all wheels or the rear. It's quiet and smooth as the V-6 has mid-range passing ability but supplies amazingly spirited acceleration around-town. For an SUV, handling is superb with independent struts and rear-axle suspension, and front ABS works well, providing modulation and a good pedal feel. Overall, it's comfortable driving, with a sportier manner than other SUVs.
Engines: 3.5-liter, V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti QX4
The 2002 Infiniti QX4 gets a few interior upgrades including faster function of the CD changer, refined-audio system, and a steering wheel with wood trim and audio controls. In addition, it gets Intelligent Cruise Control (ITC). Rounding out the changes are optional seven new colors and chrome-plated wheels.
The 2002 Infiniti QX4’s exterior is unique with an assertive-looking front end. The notable part of the design is the twin-slot upper grille that has a massive air intake. Fog lights and square headlights finish off the bold look, but otherwise, it has a conventional appearance. Standard equipment helps to enhance the SUV’s outer style, and running boards and Xenon HID headlights are a couple standard features. Other features that are standard include skid plates, a roof rack, intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, rear liftgate door, liftgate flip-up window, privacy glass, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The wheelbase is 106.3 inches, and the SUVs length is 184 inches long. It sits high and makes entering the SUV a steep climb, and narrow rear doors hinder backseat access. It's is 70.7 inches tall and 72.4 inches wide with an 8.3-inch ground clearance. There are seven new body paint colors for personalizing the exterior to match any personality and taste, and chrome-plated wheels also complete the exterior enhancements.
The 2002 Infiniti QX4 has many luxury amenities that include leather upholstery, remote door locks, power windows, heated mirrors, climate control, interior air filtration, rear ventilation ducts, reclining rear seats, a Bose sound system, a six-speaker CD player in dash, cruise control, tilt steering wheel with audio controls, and dual vanity mirrors. In addition, the cabin is full of luxurious wood and leather accents. There is wood trim on the dash, doors, and center console, and leather on the steering wheel and shift knob. A split-folding seat in the rear provides 85 cubic feet for cargo with the seats down. There are also storage options throughout the SUV such as a front storage console, door pockets on front and rear, and an overhead storage compartment. Many optional packages are available for adding features such as heated rear seats and an on-board entertainment system.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Infiniti QX4A is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6, which is mated with an automatic four-speed and generates 240 horsepower. Rear drive is available as well as the four-wheel drive, which uses a console switch to operate. There are three selections accessible; drivers can choose two-wheel drive, an automatic engaging four-wheel drive, or a permanent variation of the four-wheel drive. The permanent four-wheel selection splits power evenly between rear and front wheels. The 240-hp engine provides energetic and satisfying performance but does not quite set any records. The ride quality is excellent with very little road noise. Bumps do not present problems, while it absorbs most of the road imperfections.
The 2002 Infiniti QX4 has safety features that include an engine immobilizer, front fog lights, dusk-sensing headlamps, driving lights, front headrests, rear headrests, center rear lap belt, child safety door locks, child seat anchors, front seat belt pretensioners, side-mounted dual front airbags, front head airbags, anti-theft alarm, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes. In government testing, it receives five stars in side impact tests for front and rear. Four stars for driver and passenger protection and one star for rollover safety during crashes were also earned.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Infiniti warranty
- Service experience
- Powerful V-8
- Perfect on-road performance
- Heated rear seat option
You Won't Like
- Legroom is slight
- Hard to operate navigation system
- Interior parts not refined enough
A luxurious and very capable SUV.
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