2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2018 Toyota Rav4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Rav4 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers optional InTouch Services™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the QX30 and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Rav4’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Rav4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Rav4 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rav4’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (208 vs. 176) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

 

QX30

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

82.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Rav4:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Rav4

 

FWD

LE/XLE/Adventure 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

SE/Limited/Platinum 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the QX30’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Infiniti QX30, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Rav4.

The QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the QX30’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

QX30

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Rav4:

 

QX30

Rav4

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the QX30 has larger tires than the Rav4 (235/50R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rav4 LE/XLE. The QX30’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Rav4 SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Rav4 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX30’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Rav4 (106.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The QX30 Essential AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Rav4 SE 4WD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the Rav4 XLE (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (8 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The QX30’s minimum ground clearance is 1.5 inches higher than on the Rav4 SE/Adventure (8 vs. 6.5 inches).

Chassis

The QX30 is 9.3 inches shorter than the Rav4, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 7.9 inches shorter in height than the Rav4, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the Rav4 SE 4WD (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2.1 inches lower than the Rav4 (16.4” vs. 18.5”). The QX30’s rear step up height is .6 inches lower than the Rav4’s (17.2” vs. 17.8”).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX30. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The QX30 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rav4 doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 49% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the Rav4 Limited/Platinum, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The QX30’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rav4’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the windows are left open on the QX30 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Rav4 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The QX30’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The QX30 Sport/Essential’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Rav4 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX30’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

The QX30’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Rav4’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The QX30 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rav4 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The QX30 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited/Platinum/Adventure.

Both the QX30 and the Rav4 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the QX30 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Rav4 is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $243 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the Rav4, including $22 less for front brake pads, $80 less for a starter, $112 less for a fuel pump and $273 less for a timing belt/chain.

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