Infinity QX30 and Ford F150

| September 1, 2017


Infinity QX30 | Starting price: $30,000

By Kelly Foss

Small SUVs are all the rage today. Buyers can’t get enough of them. They are compact is size, highly maneuverable, have a sporty demeanor, modern styling and upscale accoutrements. Meet the all-new Infiniti QX30.

Infiniti, the upscale brand of Nissan, created this vehicle for a new generation of premium buyers. In addition to its striking appearance, the QX30 offers confidence-inspiring handling and an available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system. As a result, the QX30 is ideal to take on urban, suburban and winding rural roads in all driving conditions.

The car is available in six trim levels: QX30 base, Luxury, Premium, Sport, Luxury AWD and Premium AWD.

The tall overall height of the vehicle helps improve forward visibility and provides an elevated ride height for easy entry and exit. Infiniti uses every inch of interior space, delivering comfortable seating plus a useful cargo area accessed through the rear hatch. The car actually feels bigger than it is, a decided advantage in smaller cars.

The interior is also nicely executed which is one of Infiniti’s hallmarks. It is comfortable, quiet, upscale and engaging. Considering the thousands of hours you’ll spend in your car over the years, a large piece of that time will have the vehicle’s instrument panel “IP” in your field of view. The better it looks, the more satisfied drivers are with their vehicles over time. The IP of the QX30 will reward your constant gaze thanks to premium materials and controls selected by the Infiniti designers.

Interior features include Zero Gravity seat technology, genuine wood trim, an auto entry/exit seating system, back up camera, paddle shifters, advanced 10 speaker Bose audio, HD radio plus Sirius satellite radio with travel link. The InTouch navigation system features lane guidance, 3D building graphics and voice recognition. A 360 degree Around View monitor, Moving Object Detection system and Intelligent Cruise Control are also offered.

Standard on all models is a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, RearView Monitor backup camera, cruise control and paddle shifters. Two USB ports allow phone charging while listening to music on another device. Throw in a panoramic sun roof, All Wheel Drive, auto-dimming headlight, auto-folding outside mirrors with puddle lights and the QX30 becomes an interesting vehicle.

The QX30 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 208 horsepower. It is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which delivers both spirited driving and fuel efficiency. All Wheel Drive is also offered as an option and changes the dynamic of the vehicle. The front-wheel-drive model sits lower to the ground, has a firmer ride and tighter steering. The AWD version has higher ground clearance, a softer ride and less aggressive steering.

The QX30 also offers a new Intelligent Park Assist self-parking feature where the car will park itself smoothly in parallel or reverse-in parking spots. Other available safety features are Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB).

The Infiniti QX30 offers technology, crossover versatility, styling, an engaging driving experience and high style.



Ford F150 | Starting price: $27,000

Automotive experts remain astoun­ded that of all the 300-plus vehicle models for sale in the market today, the Ford F Series pickup trucks have dominated the industry as the top seller for 35 years. In model year 2016, Ford sold 820,799 F Series pickups… that’s a lot. For comparison, that is greater than the total sales of all models of all these brands, combined: Infiniti, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Land Rover, Porsche, Mini, Tesla, Fiat, Jaguar, Maserati, Genesis, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Alfa Romeo plus half of Acura!

So what makes them so popular? The most common answer is versatility… you can use this vehicle in so many different ways. Fundamentally, the F150 was designed to do work and to carry or pull things. But with the evolution of the truck it’s become more than that. Many companies need and love F150s as work trucks, but lots of individuals who aren’t business owners or ranchers love them too. Driving around Houston and seeing the number of F150s on the road and in people’s driveways will verify that.

F150’s are available in all these trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Raptor, Platinum and the Limited. The base XL starts at $27,000 and the top of the line Limited “starts” at $60,520!

The powertrain choices are also broad. The new base engine is a new 3.3 V6, then there is the twin turbocharged 2.7 V6, the twin turbo 3.5 V6, the 5.0 V8 and a new 3.0 V6 turbo diesel. The new 10-speed automatic transmission is also very robust. Rear wheel drive is standard and there are various versions of 4-wheel drive systems available.

The driver/passenger experience is light years ahead of trucks from the past. Fundamentally, you can replicate a Lincoln luxury cabin experience in the Limited version of the F150. They are now refined to a point where the ride is smooth, the interior is luxurious, the cabin is quiet and a full suite of electronic gadgetry is offered.

That same truck can also be used to pull a large trailer, carry stuff in the bed, and comfortably accommodate five people in the cab, which has front row bucket seats and a console with a floor shifter. The F150s are also very durable with most being driven hundreds of thousands of miles over many years.

The 2018 model is laden with new technology. The new SYNC 3 infotainment system has been modernized to provide voice command, connects with the new high-end B&O audio system, and totally synchronizes with your smartphones which can access WiFi from a hotspot in the truck. The Pro Trailer backup assist allows you to turn a knob in the direction you want the trailer to go and the vehicle does the rest. FordPass on your smartphone will help you find a parking spot and then reserve it and pay for it in advance.

New safety technology includes Pre-Collision Assist with a Pedestrian Detection system which has cameras in the mirrors, adaptive cruise control that will bring the truck to a complete stop automatically, lane keep assist, blind spot sensors and 360-degree cameras allowing drivers to accurately hitch up to a trailer on the first try every time.

Is the F150 for everyone? No, but for those who want or need its long list of capabilities, it’s hard to resist.

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