Luxury SUV: Infiniti QX56

by Mike Hunter

Infiniti QX56Not like your father’s sports utility vehicle, the Infiniti QX56 was designed to impress visually and mechanically and emphasizes comfort to an extent not seen before in this class.

The engine is a 5.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline V8 with 32 valves and a sophisticated valve control that slightly enhances fuel economy. Going from zero to 60 mph in nearly seven seconds, its gas mileage is an improvement over past editions, but it matches the range of other SUVs in this class with 14 mpg city and 20 mph highway. The 400-horsepower engine is responsive and boasts 413 lb-ft of torque, offering the driver dependable acceleration. The Infiniti All-Mode 4WD tunes torque between the front and rear wheels, keeping traction control manageable, and emphasizes the “utility” in this SUV.

In comparison to other luxury SUVs, the Infiniti stands out. The cabin is ultra luxurious, with comfort reminiscent of a first-class cabin aboard an international airline flight. Plush leather seats, heated or optional cooled, maximize the occupant’s climate desires with multiple power adjustments to optimize position. Top-notch entertainment enhances the ride with a Bose Premium audio system that includes 13 speakers and two subwoofers. Stream music from a Bluetooth device, enjoy SiriusXM satellite radio or connect through the USB port with an ability to upload content to hold on the in-dash hard drive. The high-resolution touch screen Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System features Infiniti Voice Recognition NavTraffic, weather updates and access to the Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide.

The 2013 model introduces the first Around View Monitor, which provides a 360-degree view through four cameras strategically located on the vehicle. This feature makes parking a cinch and enhances the driver’s view of surroundings when positioning the car to change lanes or fitting into any tight situations.


Infiniti QX56

City MPG 14
Hwy MPG 20
0-60 MPH 7 sec
Transmission 7-speed Automatic
MSRP $60,650

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