About the Infiniti QX56
The early QX56 vehicles are powerful but lack interior styling. The materials on the interior are a bit cheap and lacking in comparison to the competition. Changes to the interior in both the first and second generations slowly phased out cheap materials and added luxury items.
The engine of the QX56 has always been a draw. A powerful V-8 engine with a lot of torque powers the vehicle, making suburban driving a thrill and off-roading a possibility as well.
After the changes were implemented in the second generation, the QX56 became a great choice for those wanting a luxurious SUV with a lot of power.Infiniti QX56 Features
The Infiniti QX56 comes in one trim line as either a two-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive model.
Underneath the hood of both vehicles sits a V-8 engine producing 400 horsepower. Controlling the engine is a seven-speed automatic adaptive shift control (ASC) transmission with a manual shift mode. The transmission also has a Snow and Tow mode for different high-torque or low-traction situations.
The powerful engine makes the Infiniti QX56 a decent towing vehicle. Infiniti has included a Class IV tow hitch on the back of the vehicle with a seven-pin wiring harness.
The interior of the vehicle has a lot of luxury features. A 13-speaker Bose premium audio system provides entertainment. The vehicle has integrated Bluetooth technology, as well as iPod integration with its own interface. Tri-zone climate control and a sliding moonroof come standard.
Driving controls include the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather. An around view monitor with a front and rear sonar system prevents nicks and dings to your vehicle when parking.
Both models include 20-inch, forked, seven-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. The suspension is a double wishbone, so you know you can handle the deepest potholes and some off-road touring.
Other luxuries include a dual occupant memory system that recalls driver and passenger seat settings, as well as settings of the adjustable steering wheel and automatic mirrors. The driver’s seat adjusts 10-ways, and the front passenger seat has an eight-way adjustable system. The rear liftgate is also powered. The windshield wipers automatically detect rain and turn on and off accordingly. The Infiniti QX56 has the Infiniti Intelligent Key System and a push button ignition system.
The four-wheel drive model includes all the features of the two-wheel drive model.
Both models get 14/20 mpg city/highway.
The vehicle offers extra options as well. The Theater Option provides dual seven-inch monitors for DVD viewing. Tire and wheel options give you 22-inch, nine-spoke forged aluminum wheels. The Dual Touring package provides climate-controlled front seats, a Bose Cabin Surround audio system for better sound quality, semi-aniline leather seating, a Mocha Burl trim, second row reading lights, and headlight washers.
The new QX56 models do not come cheap. The four-wheel drive model starts at $59,200, and the two-wheel drive model starts at jaw dropping $62,300.Infiniti QX56 Evolution
The first generation of the Infiniti QX56 was introduced in 2004. The chassis of the vehicle is culled from the Armada SUV and Titan pickup; some of the mechanics remain as well. Even the early Infiniti QX56 vehicles have a lot of power under the hood. A 5.6-liter V-8 engine producing 320 horsepower and 393 lb-ft of torque lies under the hood, giving the QX56 a lot of towing power and great acceleration, even with the massive curb weight. Rear-wheel and four-wheel drive options are available. Only one trim level was available at its introduction.
Changes were made to the vehicle during the first generation to give the car better cargo space and remove some of the cheaper components. The third row seat is a 60/40-split, for folding down. The 2008 models include a redesign of the instrument panel and several added features that make the QX56 more luxurious.
The early Infiniti QX56 models are extremely powerful. They offer a smooth ride with great stability and have room for the entire family. Downsides include terrible fuel economy and a lack of interior offerings in comparison to the competition.
The second generation Infiniti QX56 was introduced in the 2011 model year. It includes a changed chassis and different mechanics. The Nissan Patrol chassis replaces the Armada chassis on this model. A better 5.6-liter V-8 engine produces 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.