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2002 Infiniti QX4 Sport Utility

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2002 Infiniti QX4

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Introduction

Infiniti's QX4 is more than a gussied up Nissan Pathfinder.

A year ago, the QX4 underwent aggressive exterior styling changes, got a new and more powerful engine and additional equipment that absolutely transformed this vehicle into a true luxury sport-utility.

For 2002 the QX4 continues to improve with new interior enhancements and available options.

Model Lineup

QX4 is available with two-wheel drive ($34,150) or four-wheel drive ($35,550).

For 2002, all QX4s come with a refined audio system that retains its 150-watt Bose technology but adds a faster-functioning in-dash six-CD changer and RDS (Radio Data System).

An optional Premium Package ($600) now includes a real wood steering wheel with audio controls as well as a driver's seat with memory and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Chrome alloy wheels ($1600) are available separately.

The Infiniti Mobile Entertainment System can be added with either DVD ($1600) or video cassette player ($1300) and flip-down ceiling-mounted 6.4-inch LCD screen. Other options include a power sliding glass sunroof with sunshade ($1000) and the Infiniti Navigation System ($1000). QX4s with 4WD can be equipped with a Heated Seats Package ($900) that includes a limited-slip differential.

A new feature available for 2002 on 4WD versions is Intelligent Cruise Control ($1,600), an optional system shared with Infiniti's Q45 flagship sedan. The system adjusts the vehicle's speed and distance to traffic in front of the car when the cruise control is operated and reacts to traffic speed changes, enhancing the safety margin for the QX4 driver and passengers. This system combines laser sensors, throttle and brake actuators, keeping a constant distance between the QX4 and cars ahead.

Also new for 2002 are two new exterior colors: Graphite and Stone Beige.

Walkaround

The Infiniti QX4 projects a solid presence. Its front end is clean with expansive grille openings. Fog lights are incorporated into a single-piece lens. Compound, high-intensity-discharge, xenon headlights produce a whiter light while using less energy than halogen lights.

From the side, the styling strongly suggests traditional Infiniti. The QX4 is derived from the Nissan Pathfinder and its physical architecture projects that. Another indication of this is the handle for the rear side door, which is not in the door's lower panel but notched flush into the trailing edge of the window frame, well above the QX4's beltline. The lower-body, side cladding is beefy, the better to link the fuller front and rear bumpers. It looks solidly planted.

The QX4's split-level rear liftgate combines substance with softly sculpted smooth lines.

Interior Features

Infiniti QX4 offers a roomy, comfortable cabin.

Comfortable seats with leather seating surfaces are standard on both models. Plastic trim designed to look like birds-eye-maple brightens the center console, dash and door panels. Like Infiniti sedans, the QX4 has a classic-faced, analog clock. The airplane-like overhead console features a drop-down receptacle to hold sunglasses. Tall drivers need to be careful to avoiding bumping heads.

The QX4 is a bit roomier up front than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and nearly as roomy as the Land Rover Discovery Series II. Front seat headroom for QX4 is 39.5 inches, compared with 39.7 inches in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 40.4 inches in the Land Rover Discovery Series II. Front seat leg room is 41.7 inches in the QX4, 41.4 inches in the Grand Cherokee and 42.3 inches in the Discovery.

The optional navigation system finds the nearest service station or hotel. Its bird's-eye view display takes the standard paper map-type plan view and lays it down in the screen, presenting the route almost three-dimensionally from the perspective of a bird flying over it. Drawing from the database, the display shows depictions of hotels, hospitals, and structures along the route.

Rear-seat passengers don't fare quite as well as they do in the Jeep or Land Rover. Rear headroom in the QX4 measures 37.5 inches, while the Grand Cherokee delivers 39.5 inches, and the Discovery provides 40.1 inches. Rear-seat passengers don't enjoy a lot of foot space, but they do get reclining seatbacks.

Front-seat passengers are protected not only by supplemental side-impact airbags but also by so-called active head restraints, engineered to thrust upward and forward to cushion occupants' heads in the event of a violent rear-ender. Rear outboard-seat occupants enjoy three-point belts and head restraints. But occupants of the rear center seat get a lap belt only and no head restraint.

Cargo capacity with the rear seat folded up is better than that of the Jeep or Land Rover: 85 cubic feet in the QX4, 72.3 cubic feet in the Grand Cherokee, 63.3 cubic feet in the Discovery. Storage bins are located in the cargo area.

The running boards are more hassle than convenience. For most people, the QX4 doesn't sit high enough to need them, so their primary function devolves to depositing road grime on occupants pants' legs/hosiery.

Driving Impressions

Infiniti QX4 delivers a quiet, comfortable ride, absorbing potholes and other bumps well. Very little wind noise intrudes, although the standard roof rack generates a modicum of whistle.

The 24-valve 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 240 horsepower and 265 foot-pounds of torque at 3,200 rpm. This puts the QX4 among the leaders in horsepower in its class. With an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 15/19 miles per gallon city/highway, fuel economy is on a par with or better than the competition, equaling the Grand Cherokee V8 model's and exceeding the Discovery's 13/17 mpg.

Should you need it, this is a capable vehicle off road. It has an ultra-low transfer gear, essential not only for safe descents of unpaved tracks but also for walking-speed ascents of rock-strewn trails, which attests at least to an intent by its designers and engineers that the QX4 be perceived as more than merely a pretending dirt-tracker.

Adapted from a high-performance sport coupe available only in Japan, the QX4's four-wheel-drive system is fully automatic. When road conditions change the driver doesn't have to do a thing except drive. A collection of electronic sensors monitor what's happening at each axle and direct power where it can best be used. For true off-road travel, there's a manually selected, ultra-low set of gears permitting the optimal application of horsepower and torque at walking speeds. The 2WD model boasts the same ground clearance as the 4WD model, a quite respectable 8.3 inches.

Despite all its luxury features and adornments, the Infiniti QX4 is still a sport-utility vehicle. Although much of the roughness normally associated with truck-based utility vehicles has been squelched and upholstered over, the QX4's center of gravity is immutably higher than a car's. So, like any SUV, it leans more when turning, no matter the speed or road surface.

The QX4 comes with disc brakes in front and drum brakes in the rear, rather than the superior four-wheel disc brakes.

Summary

Infiniti QX4 delivers a luxury experience. It looks like a luxury vehicle, both outside and inside.

Infiniti buyers should expect to be treated as luxury buyers. Infiniti has worked hard at continuing to improve the relationship buyers have with its dealers, and generally with success. Among the Infiniti benefits: Free loaner cars or drop-offs and pick-ups are offered while service is being performed.

 


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: 4x2 ($34,150); 4x4 ($35,550)
Engines: 240-hp 3.5-liter dohc 24v V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): ABS, dual front and side-impact airbags, front and rear seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters (except rear center lap-only belt), active front-seat head restraints, side door beams
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 4 years/60,000 miles
Assembled in: Kyushu, Japan

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Infiniti QX4 4x4 ($35,550)
Standard equipment: ABS; fuel tank skid plate; power steering; tachometer; compass; aluminum alloy wheels; automatic on/off high-intensity discharge headlights with manual load-compensating leveling adjustment; fog lights; dual power remote-controlled heated outside mirrors; front and rear splash guards; roof-mounted luggage rack; leather seating surfaces; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; in-dash six-CD changer and 150-watt Bose AM/FM audio system; cargo net and cover; independent reclining rear seats; automatic micro-filtered climate control; three-frequency keyless remote Homelink transceiver; front and rear power outlets
Options as tested (MSRP): sunroof ($1,000); Premium Package ($600) includes P245/65SR17 all-season radial tires, driver memory seat and wood/leather-covered steering wheel with remote audio controls; Heated Seats Package ($900) includes heated front and rear seats and limited-slip rear differential; navigation system ($2000)
Destination charge: ($525)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $ 40,595
Layout: front-engine, four-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24v V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 240 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 265 @ 3200
Transmission: four-speed automatic with manually selected transfer box
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 15/19 mpg
Wheelbase: 106.3 in.
Length/width/height: 183.1/72.4/70.7 (with roof rack) in.
Track, f/r: 60.6/60.8 in.
Turning circle: 37.4 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 38.1/54.1/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 37.5/51.5/31.8 in.
Trunk volume: 85 cu. ft.
Payload: N/A
Towing capacity: 5000 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: solid axle
Ground clearance: 8.3 in.
Curb weight: 4352 lbs.
Tires: P245/65SR17
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum with ABS
Fuel capacity: 21.2 gal.

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 24, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-877-647-7264 - www.infiniti.com

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned 6 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle. Includes free CARFAX® vehicle history report with a 3 year Buy Back Guarantee (no-registration required), emergency roadside assistance for the duration of the 6 year / 100,000 mile limited warranty, complimentary service loan car, towing coverage, rental car assistance and trip interruption benefits.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 4 model years or newer & less than 60,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 6 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer unknown at this time = more than likely a fee will apply and it will be estimated $50.
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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