Infiniti QX56 vs. Lexus LX 570 – CarsDirect

14 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Infiniti QX56 vs. Lexus LX 570 – CarsDirect
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For some buyers, the most coveted luxury of all is size. The Infiniti QX56 and Lexus LX 570 deliver that with ease — in addition to indulgent trappings, obsessive quality and truck-like capability.

Of course, there’s a price to pay for all that goodness, both at the pump and the showroom. Buyers with the means to shop in this league will be fully satisfied with either of these uncompromising luxury liners. But which seems more in tune with their target market’s desires?

Where the QX56 Succeeds

We’re impressed by the sheer quantity of fine leather and wood on display throughout the cabin. It’s this unadulterated richness that separates the Infiniti and its ilk from SUVs that are merely big. Underneath all the finery is a stout truck platform that can pull up to 8,500 pounds and bounce along muddy trails like a utilitarian pickup.

The QX performs just about as well as any 5,500-pound vehicle can. The 400-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 and seven-speed transmission take it from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and the beefy brakes bring it back to a standstill in 123 feet. That kind of performance is competitive with car-based luxury crossovers that can’t haul nearly as much or leave the pavement.

The Achilles’ heel of any full-size SUV is fuel economy. It’s worth noting that the two-wheel drive model gets 16 mpg in combined city and highway driving, quite good for this class.

Where the LX 570 Succeeds

The silky luxury for which Lexus sedans are known transfers beautifully to LX 570. For something with such rugged DNA, the Lexus is remarkably smooth and quiet. As with the Infiniti, on-road performance doesn’t disappoint.

The 5.7-liter V8 delivers 383 horsepower, good enough to get the LX up to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. It also achieves car-like braking distances and can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

All models get full-time four-wheel drive with crawl control, an impressive setup borrowed from the Toyota Land Cruiser. Although gas mileage takes a hit, the LX is better-equipped to tackle off-road obstacles than most large SUVs.

What’s the Difference?

The Infiniti shines brightest as a spacious, all-weather luxury vehicle with a beastly side comes out when you need it.

The Lexus is best suited to buyers looking for an off-road companion with maximum comfort and prestige.

Since boulder-bashing isn’t a top priority in this class, the well-rounded Infiniti is the more practical choice.

Take a closer look at the Infiniti QX56

Take a closer look at the Lexus LX 570

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