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2011 Infiniti QX56 Review

Large luxury SUV gains on competition

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) that seats seven or eight passengers. Equipped with a 5.6 liter V-8 engine with 400 horsepower and direct injection coupled to a 7-speed automatic transmission, the QX56 is an opulent vehicle inside and outside, with plenty of power to move people and cargo, plus an 8500-pound towing capacity.

Infiniti QX56 also offers rear-wheel drive or optional all-mode four-wheel drive, as well as an optional hydraulic body motion control system to reduce body leaning when making turns. Other features include port variable valve timing, reduced vibration and interior noise, and independent suspension. The QX56 SUV's safety equipment is state of the art and its fuel economy has improved to 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

New for 2011

In 2011, the Infiniti QX56 received a complete redesign, including a new body design, a posh new interior, and improved fuel efficiency. Among the components receiving upgrades are the body-on-frame structure, 5.6-liter V-8 engine, seven-speed automatic transmission, independent control-arm suspension, and elegant exterior sheet metal. The Infiniti QX56 also offers such advanced technology as hydraulic body motion control and blind-spot warning.

Essentials

Engine: 5.6L V-8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: Base Sport Utility

On the Outside

Longer, wider, and lower than its predecessor, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 features a chrome grille, LED tail lamps, body-color running boards, and optional 22-inch wheels. The result is a rugged, sophisticated, captivating full-size SUV that is a standout on the road.

From the Inside

The QX56's interior is nothing less than luxurious. Standard on the SUV are a navigation system, around-view monitor, and Bose sound system. Optional features include semi-aniline leather seating and a DVD system with dual seven-inch monitors.

Driving Performance

A new 5.6-liter 32-valve direct-injection V-8 engine powers the QX56 with 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. There is a choice of standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-mode four-wheel drive. Also optional is a hydraulic body motion control system that reduces body lean when turning. Thanks in part to the seven-speed automation transmission, fuel economy is up 10 percent from last year.

Safety Equipment

Standard on the QX56 are dual front, front side, and front/rear curtain air bags. Stability and traction control are also standard. Blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, and intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning are optional.

Gas Mileage

Base Sport Utility: 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy

Plusses

  • Sculpted exterior
  • Opulent interior
  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Prodigious towing capacity
  • Around-view monitor

Minuses

  • Listless steering
  • Cramped cargo space

Rating

Large luxury SUV gains on competition

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