Infiniti QX4

The Infiniti QX4 is a luxury SUV crossover manufactured by Infiniti from 1997 to 2003. A redesign for the 2004 model year led to it being renamed the QX56. To cut to the chase, this is basically a fancier version of the Nissan Pathfinder. This model marries Infiniti’s luxury principles and the utility off-road capabilities of the Pathfinder. With four-wheel drive and over eight inches of ground clearance, the QX4 can handle rough duties but still offers the interior comfort and luxury that Infiniti vehicles are known for.

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About the Infiniti QX4

The release of the QX4 allows Infiniti to compete with sport utility vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus RX 300, and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It represents Infiniti’s first entry into the SUV market that would become so popular and competitive in the early 2000s. The QX4 does not cost much more than the Pathfinder, but then again it has very few differences. Ads tout, ""Everything you want in a luxury sport sedan plus everything you want in an SUV."" Most find that to be over-selling.

This car does have a respectable interior, maybe not quite the level of luxury that would distinguish the SUV market in later years, but nice just the same. Only one major redesign occurred in 2001, when Infiniti brought the QX4 into the luxury SUV market with changes that finally helped separate it from the Pathfinder.

Infiniti QX4 Features

The Infiniti QX4 is really just a more expensive Pathfinder. Yet most consider the extra price worthwhile only because it means service can be done at an Infiniti dealer instead of a Nissan dealer. That means shorter lines and less waiting.

The QX4 offers features that make it feel like it doesn’t belong in the Infiniti line of vehicles. A cheap faux-wood steering wheel, a loose and wobbly ride, drum brakes, and lack of back-seat comfort all cause complaints. The features are respectable, especially with options, but not as impressive as other models by this carmaker.

Like many vehicles in this crowded class, the QX4 strives for more than it can be. The crossover SUV market includes vehicles that provide a great degree of luxury. At some point in the production run for this vehicle, other makers decided (and buyers agreed) that an SUV could be just as audaciously luxurious as any European sport sedan. The QX4 didn’t last long enough to ever truly embrace this idea. Instead of going in such a direction, Infiniti decided to redo the QX4 and turn it into the QX56, so the QX4 never became what many SUVs did: grocery getters capable of escaping a lava flow down the side of a volcano, while transporting a youth soccer team, all the while felling like the vehicle is riding on a newly paved road.

This vehicle is no longer in production, but the QX56 is the two generations removed descendent of the QX4 and serves the same market goals for Infiniti that the QX4 once tried to handle. Check out the QX56 to see what became of the QX4.

Infiniti QX4 Evolution

From 1997 to 2000 the QX4 remained mostly unchanged. It shares the Pathfinder’s relatively low output, 168 horsepower engine. In 2001, a major redesign occurred, adding a new 240 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that appeared in the G35 and other models. It couples with a four-speed automatic transmission. Mechanically, the QX4 imitates the Pathfinder except for a more sophisticated drive system that can switch easily from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. This is convenient and economical for highway driving and getting into four-wheel mode during bad weather or while driving off-road.

Aside from a front-end that has an appearance that declares, ""I will win all front-end collisions,"" the QX4 has a typical and almost plain SUV exterior. Only the base model exists, including a roof rack, running boards, and 16-inch alloy wheels standard, along with narrow back doors that incite complaints.

Throughout production the interior remained respectable, with standard features including leather upholstery, wood interior trim, automatic climate control, heated power mirrors, a Bose sound system with a cassette/CD player, and power front windows that have one-touch automatic up/down operation. An optional Premium Package adds a real wood steering wheel with audio controls, a driver's seat with memory, and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Chrome alloy wheels are available separately.

The Infiniti Mobile Entertainment System can be added with either a DVD or video cassette player, and a flip-down ceiling-mounted 6.4-inch LCD screen. Other options include a power sliding glass sunroof with sunshade and the Infiniti Navigation System. QX4s with four-wheel drive can come equipped with a Heated Seats Package that includes a limited-slip differential. In 2002, Intelligent Cruise Control became available for four-wheel drive versions.

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2003 Infiniti QX4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2003 Infiniti QX4 turned things up a notch in an effort to appeal to the truck lovers and SUV fans out there.

2002 Infiniti QX4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

In past years, the Infiniti QX4 was not worthy of the premium price commanded over its structural and mechanical double, the Nissan Pathfinder.

2001 Infiniti QX4

SUV, Utility/Offroad

One of the first things drivers notice about the 2001 Infiniti QX4 is its powerful V-6 engine.