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Infiniti QX56

DriveApart Review: 2013 Infiniti QX56

We liked the way the QX56 drove, especially with the tried and true 400 horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 under the hood. While its stable mate, the new Infiniti JX made us wish for a little more power, the QX craves the bigger mill, as this is a large SUV. The QX56’s ride is compliant and doesn’t have the bobble you’d expect from such a large SUV.

This is due to the high-stiffness frame structure that enhances the ride of the vehicle while simultaneously reducing noise, vibration and road harshness, a big bonus if you’re on a dirt road or cruising along potholed streets. We drove both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive models and in front-wheel guise, the QX56 is fine for tooling around town, but hit any bad weather and you’d be wishing for all-wheel drive. While the size may fool you from the outside, when you’re in the driver’s seat the QX is B-I-G and drives like the big SUV it is.

The 5.6 liter V8 engine.

Engine and Drivetrain

The car is equipped with a 5.6 liter V8 that kicks out 400 horsepower and 413 ft-lb of torque. The engine comes with Infiniti#8217;s VVEL (Variable Valve Event #038; Lift) technology and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system that enhances throttle response, improves fuel economy and emissions reductions and gives the engine more better injection control. The QX56 has a 7 speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and a manual shifting mode with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM).

The 4WD is Infiniti#8217;s All-Mode 4WD system with 4L, 4H, and Auto modes. The system can distribute torque across all four wheels to help enhance traction in the dirt. All of the QX models come with Hill Start Assist that keeps the QX56 stationary when the vehicle stops on a slope.

Interesting Vehicle Features

The QX comes with a whole slew of interesting features like your Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention systems. The QX uses cameras to detect whether the vehicle is exiting its lane and notifies the driver of the situation with an audible beep. The Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention uses cameras as well to warn the driver if there is a vehicle in its the driver#8217;s lane will brake for the driver if there is a vehicle detected in the blind spot.

The QX56 also comes with Intelligent Cruise Control which uses lasers to maintain a following distance while using cruise control. This system will automatically brake and speed up to remain within the set following distance.

Infiniti QX56

Gas Mileage

The QX56 has a fuel economy of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway and combined mpg of 20. Now while this isn#8217;t your Prius#8217;s gas mileage, its somewhat impressive for a 8 passenger 5.6 L V8 that weighs nearly 3 tons. Could Infiniti do better?

They#8217;ll need to in the future.

The QX#8217;s interior.

Interior and Exterior

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