2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

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 Honda CR-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The QX30 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the QX30 and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

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 CR-V’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 Honda covers the CR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the CR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CR-V’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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, 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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 9 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (208 vs. 184) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 more horsepower (208 vs. 190) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Honda CR-V:

 

QX30

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

QX30

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.6 inches

10.2 inches

The QX30 stops much shorter than the CR-V:

 

QX30

CR-V

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX30 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The QX30’s optional 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V 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 CR-V 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 CR-V (106.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The QX30 Essential AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (37.3 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The QX30 is 6.4 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 8.1 inches shorter in height than the CR-V, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the QX30 Essential AWD is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 2.6 inches lower than the CR-V (16.4” vs. 19”). The QX30’s rear step up height is .8 inches lower than the CR-V’s (17.2” vs. 18”).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Honda. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 67% lower rating, Honda is ranked 25th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the CR-V EX-L/Touring, 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’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 CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

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 CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The QX30 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX30’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V’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 CR-V 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 CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V 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 CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the CR-V only retains 48.39% to 49.83%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost less on the QX30 than the CR-V, including $169 less for a starter and $22 less for a fuel pump.

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