Infiniti QX56 - Large luxury SUV done right

Even though the current automotive market is skewing sharply towards smaller more fuel efficient vehicles, there is still a need/desire, albeit a smaller one, for large luxury SUV’s,

Infiniti is the luxury brand of Nissan. The new Infiniti QX56 is the “Infinitized” version of the very popular Nissan Armada. The QX56 is an unapologetic high dollar, high zoot land yacht that is amazingly pleasant to drive.
Basically the QX56 is a large SUV with a body-on-frame design derived from a full size pickup truck. It is large and heavy with a big engine and an 8,500 pound towing capacity.

Now having said all that, this big SUV is remarkably refined, luxurious and enjoyable to drive. The stylists deserve a round of “atta-boys” for making this inherently boxy design look so good. It basically outclasses the current pack of competitors. The interior is equally gorgeous. The look is luxurious, avant-garde and finely finished. Infiniti has a real knack for combing wood and leather in a unique way.
The interior space is also very large and roomy even in the 3rd row. Additionally, the 3rd row has a power recline and fold flat capability. The entertainment and electronics package is complete and the 2nd row gets individual head rest mounted screens for their viewing pleasure. The 2nd row has roomy and comfortable captain’s chairs with a center console.

This SUV drives smaller than it really is. Handling is a breeze and highway stability is superb. Steering is precise and maneuverability is excellent. Once you’re installed in the lovely heated and cooled seats and they’re properly adjusted, you simply glide down the road with ease being isolated from the din of traffic. Your view is unobstructed and the miles just melt away.

Up front there’s a touch screen navigation system with a 40 GB hard drive and a Bose audio systems. Real time XM weather and traffic let you know what’s ahead before you get there. The Distance Control feature will automatically keep you at a safe distance from cars you’re following. If you’re so inclined, you can even opt for the optional lane departure warning and lane departure prevention systems that help you steer straight.
The QX56 is powered by a 400 horsepower 5.6 liter V8 connected to a 7 speed automatic transmission. When prodded, the QX will respond with surprising speed but the penalty for all the heft and power is a 14/20 EPA economy number. It is offered in either a rear wheel or automatically controlled 4 wheel drive configuration.

By Kelly Foss - MyCarData