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2012 Infiniti QX56 Review

With any large-and-in-charge luxury SUV, the question for many buyers is not how much gear you can stash in the rear compartment, how loud the multi-speaker surround system is, or even how many people can cram into the second- and third-row seats. The real question is whether the vehicle can adequately articulate your own wealth and prestige. In that regard, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 is like adding an exclamation point to your bottom line.

Only the Cadillac Escalade has a similar bigger-than-life look, one that makes people stop what they are doing and wonder how such a monolith even exists.

And we do mean monolith: The QX56 stands a full 6.3 feet tall, including the roof rack. That’s taller than the cab height on a Ford F-150. The width on this vehicle is almost 7 feet, and the length is over 17 feet.

We’re talking massive in every way possible: huge 20-inch tires, a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, and a mood-altering 13-speaker Bose surround system. Priced at $75,340 as reviewed, the QX56 for the 2012 model year is also a bit shocking for your pocketbook. Yet, this luxury SUV has all the trimmings and even a few firsts following the 2011 total re-design.

One question that might come up right away, though, is whether the 2012 model can compete with the 2012 Cadillac Escalade. That vehicle also screams prestige and upper-echelon wealth. In a curious specification war, the 2012 version of the Escalade is actually a tenth of an inch taller than the QX56 (hint: no one will notice). The Escalade is not quite as wide, though #8212; 79 inches compared to 80 inches for the QX56.

The Escalade has a bigger engine – a 6.2-liter V8 at 403 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. Yet the QX56 beats the 2012 Cadillac Escalade on towing capacity at 8,500 pounds, compared to 8,300.

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Performance

The QX56 drives like a tank, but that’s actually a good thing if your goal is to lumber along in style. No one buys a full-size SUV so they can take corners at 90 MPH or race the kid down the street in his Dodge Charger. (Although if you do take corners too fast, the QX56 will stay on the road and keep you comfortable, and the V8 engine does have plenty of power off the starting block.) Our experience was exactly as expected: The power is there, but this is a luxury ride meant to entertain you with surround-sound audio and a theatrical dual-LCD screen system for second row passengers. This is a vehicle meant for towing a yacht and transporting family members.

By the way, the rear passengers are also in for a treat: There are seat warmers new for the 2012 version that get hot almost right away. Passengers in the back said the third-row seat was a bit cramped for three teenagers, but the second row was amazingly spacious – albeit for only two people. There is an optional second-row bench seat for the 2012 version, which means seating for eight.

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