Review: 2011 Infiniti QX56 | The Truth About Cars

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Infiniti QX56

Review: 2011 Infiniti

You have your reasons. Gas might be high and headed and car-based crossovers handle but you want your full-sized, body-on-frame conventional SUV. GM and the segment’s traditional rulers, had nothing new to offer in five

But Infiniti has as much faith in the continued vitality as you do—why would they have an all-new QX56 for the 2011 year?

With voluptuously fenders and tight proportions, the adopts Infiniti’s current language and appears smaller it actually is (six inches and an inch wider than a Escalade). And yet with a huge leading a domed hood rises far above the headlamp the SUV also has the powerful presence from this sort of

I personally find the new QX56’s a major improvement over the one, far more attractive the Lexus LX 570 (not a high to clear), more tasteful the excessively chromed but otherwise pedestrian Lincoln Navigator, and current than the Cadillac Still, I can see how some people perceive the QX56’s exterior as and prefer the crisper lines of a Escalade or Mercedes GL. And the Range exterior is a classic that never go out of style.

Opinions of the QX56’s interior be less mixed. Like the it is fully up-to-date in a way that of its closest competitors are not. curves continue into the cabin, which between its styling and premium wood and is a very nice place to be. The panels (including the door and the center console are luxuriously Unlike in the Lincoln or Cadillac, no sense of any pickup origins.

One issue: sunlight sometimes annoyingly off the chrome trim the shifter. Among other this makes it hard to the position of the small seat knobs buried at the base of the stack. Hint: if you start uncomfortably warm, the seat is on.

Any lingering doubts that the is a conventional SUV fall away the considerable climb into the seat—the step-in height is two feet. Shorter adults be thankful for the standard running though even these are off the ground (fixed, in place, don’t power down those on domestic competitors). up there, the view over the is commanding. Huge mirrors aid visibility.

The standard “Around Monitor” provides a top-down of the entire perimeter of the vehicle, it much easier, even to maneuver in tight spaces. you try it, you’ll wish your car had it.

The QX56’s large front seats feel very at first. As the miles accumulate, the don’t seem as cosseting, but better than most. The row, which reclines, is roomy and comfortable.

The third despite the packaging advantages of an rear suspension (IRS), is The seat’s very low to the floor, and hardly more room there than in a live-axled LX 570 or Consider it kids-only for all but short

Cargo volume similarly to receive an IRS refund. With 16.6 cubic feet the third row and 95.1 with rows folded to form a but upward-sloping floor, the figures are conventional SUV. You can stuff twenty cubes above the floor of a Buick Enclave

The third-row seat power but operates so slowly—and you must your finger on the button the time—that a manual seat be preferable.

Though a foot longer the Lexus, the Infiniti weighs 150 pounds less—which still 5,850. No matter, the 400-horsepower VVT DOHC V8 backed by a manually-shiftable automatic is well up to the task. V8 might lack the character of but is nevertheless easy on the ears. with the Lexus, all-wheel-drive a two-speed transfer case standard, but no doubt most will be ordered with it.

economy about the burbs top 14 MPG if you go easy on the gas. Towing 8,500 lbs. There are benefits to a conventional SUV.

Infiniti QX56

isn’t one of them. While the certainly handles with more balance and composure the Lexus or Lincoln, its chassis is not as as the Cadillac’s (though it might better numbers) and is most an outlier in the Infiniti showroom.

The QX56’s steering and handling nearly as tight or precise as of an FX50, much less that check in well of 4,500 pounds. Even the Deluxe Touring Package’s cross-linked shocks there’s a amount of lean in hard Typical of large SUVs the Cadillac does better), the bobbles and shudders a bit over pavement.

It feels every bit as and heavy as it is.

Equipped with AWD and the Touring Package (which the dual screen entertainment the QX56 lists for an even While certainly not cheap, a outfitted LX 570 lists for $14,360 Adjusting for the Lexus’s additional using TrueDelta’s car price tool and comparing invoice (Lexus dealers enjoy margins) only reduces difference by half.

Compared to the Cadillac Escalade the advantage is over $14,000 after such adjustments. The Navigator is a little less than the Infiniti, but there’s a for this.

Stylish curves and brand notwithstanding, the QX56 very much a large SUV. If you’re into it’s not going to change mind about the class if it does perform somewhat than others. But if you want a conventional SUV, the Infiniti the one to get, offering the most styling, an outstanding interior, a V8, and competent handling at a relatively low

Bill French of Suburban in Novi, MI, provided the vehicle. He can be at 248-427-4712 .

Michael Karesh an online source of automotive and reliability data.

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