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2013 Infiniti QX56 Premium 4×4 Review & Test Drive 19
Jun
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Infiniti, Infiniti QX56, SUV, Test Drives on 06 19th, 2013
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Now in its third year of the current generation design, the 2013 Infiniti QX56 continues to offer an unmatched combination of power, strength and luxury style-capable of transporting up to eight adults and their cargo with spacious elegance.  Its drivetrain is rugged enough to handle tasks such as towing boats or trailers with a towing capacity up to 8,500 pounds when properly equipped, while being equally at home transporting friends and family for a night on the town.

While there is no change to the exterior styling, powertrain, suspension or interior, Infiniti adds new optional safety systems to make you and your passengers as safe as possible on the road.   These include auto-dimming rearview mirrors and the Moving Object Detection system added to the standard Around View Monitor.  Optional Lane Departure Warning & Prevention and Blind Spot Detection systems are also optional now.  Additionally, an upgraded remote control and interface has been added to the optional Theater Package with dual seven inch monitors behind the front headrests.  My test QX56 came loaded with the optional Theater Package, Technology Package and Deluxe Touring Package with all of these options included plus a cargo mat, cargo net and first aid kit.  The Tire & Wheel Package included the 22X8 inch 9-spoke forged alloy wheels wrapped with giant 275/50R22 inch Bridgestone Dueler all-season tires.

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This new 2013 QX56 Premium 4X4 luxury sport utility is one of the biggest on the market.  With such a large footprint and ultra-luxurious interior it looks to me like a ‘land yacht’-big and comfortable-an extension of your living room but on wheels to take you wherever you want.

The unique styling makes anyone taking a second look of its power and strength.  The bold front chrome grille is flanked by automatic on/off bi-functional xenon headlamps with windshield wiper interlock and integrated front foglamps.  Adaptive Front Lighting with auto-leveling headlamps and headlamp washer is optional and part of my test QX56.  Other exterior features include LED taillights, heated/power-folding sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, courtesy light and reverse tilt-down feature, gill slits on each fender, a full-perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse, body color running boards make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle, body color integrated front and rear splashguards built into the wheel arches, roof rails to expand the cargo-carrying ability, power sliding tinted glass moonroof and a power liftgate.  A front underbody spoiler, functional rear liftgate spoiler and redesigned side mirrors help provide aerodynamics of 0.36 Cd and zero lift.  The 22X8 inch wheel and tire combination is the largest in the segment giving the QX56 a one-of-a-kind look.

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The QX56 features a high-stiffness frame structure with large sill rail section width, connecting structures between each crossmember and side rails, an integrated rear hitch member, and a special rear body ring structure around the tailgate-all designed to help provide a quieter, more comfortable ride.

The advanced engine and transmission designs make for a combination of power, efficiency and refinement worthy of the Infiniti name.  The 5.6 liter 32-valve DOHC aluminum alloy V8 features Infiniti’s advanced VVEL (variable valve event & lift) technology and Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system.  The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response.  Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with the throttle valve.  The VVEL system also offers improved emissions and fuel efficiency by reducing the intake resistance that occurs when the engine’s throttle valve opening is narrowed and output is low.  The DIG system improved combustion stability, reduces engine knock and offers more precise injection control.  This potent, high-tech engine pumps out 400 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 413 lb.ft. of torque at just 4,000 rpm.  That is enough power and torque to propel the QX56 out to 60mph from a standstill in just 6sec.  That’s not bad for a 5,865 pound full-size luxury sport utility vehicle.

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Helping to move quickly is the standard 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching.  The QX56 comes standard with RWD but my loaded model came with the All-Mode 4WD system with Auto, 4H, 4L modes.  The system is designed to distribute toque to all four wheels when road conditions warrant (up to 50% can go to the front wheels on demand), helping to enhance traction.  All QX models also include Hill Start Assist that works by keeping the brakes engaged for a few second when you take your foot off the brake pedal when on a slope with no roll back.  This enables you to more easily switch from the brake pedal to the throttle on steep inclines.

Putting all of the power and torque to the ground is the QX56’s incredible fully independent suspension system.  It is a double-wishbone design front and rear with Dual-Flow Path twin-tube shock absorbers and an automatic rear leveling system that seeks to maintain uniform round clearance and departure angle when towing or carrying heavy cargo by automatically adjusting the air pressure in the system’s air bladders.  It also is great when transiting from pavement to dirt roads.  Additionally, an advanced Hydraulic Body Motion Control system comes standard with the Deluxe Touring Package that I had.  The system helps to reduce body lean in turns resulting in an improved ride comfort for passengers in all three rows.  Suspension travel is automatically controlled by hydraulic chambers integrated into each shock absorber.  The chambers are cross-linked with piping, allowing for the transfer of hydraulic fluid managed seamlessly by nitrogen-charged accumulators from one side of the vehicle to the other.  This enables the system to vary suspension travel independently on either side of the vehicle, thereby counteracting body lean making for a luxurious flat ride with pinpoint control.  That pinpoint control is provided by the engine speed sensitive power-assisted rack & pinion steering system.  It gives great feedback from the road with excellent on-center feel.

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Excellent braking is provided by power-assisted steel disc brakes at all four corners.  Each corner features a 13.78 inch vent disc with dual calipers up front and large single piston calipers in the rear.  Your control during hard braking on slick or wet surfaces is assured with standard ABS, BA and EBD that works in harmony with the standard Vehicle Dynamic Control, 4-Wheel Active Limited Slip and Traction Control systems.  With 400hp, a 7-speed automatic sequential 4X4 transmission, double-wishbone suspension and big brakes riding on 22X8 inch wheels and tires-who can surpass this unique combination?

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The superb gear mentioned above is followed by a world-class interior with room for up to 8-peassengers with the available 60/40-split folding second row bench seat.  You see leather, Mocha Burl trim on the dashboard, doors, center console and center stack.  There is also plenty of aluminum trim and chrome trim pieces.  The driver’s seat is 10-way power adjustable and the front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable, with each side featuring power lumbar support.  My test QX56 came with heated/cooled front seats and heated 2nd. row seats with a center console and dual cupholders.  My QX56 also came with a remote release for the 2nd row seats to activate the tip-up function through a switch on the center stack.  The 3rd. row is a 60/40-split folding design with power up/down switches in the rear and at each 3rd row seat.  Also standard is a heated/Mocha Burl/leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt/telescoping and buttons for the audio system and radar sensing cruise control.  When the 3rd. row seats are folded, the flat load floor offers a wide, versatile space for carrying cargo such as home furnishings or recreational gear.

The QX56’s long list of standard comfort and convenience features include nine cupholders, four door-pocket bottle holders, Tri-Zone automatic temperature control, Infiniti Intelligent Key with push button start/stop, Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges eight grab handles, dual map lights up front and rearing lamps for the second row seats and dual lighted vanity mirrors.  The Touring Package also includes an Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier, Grape Polyphenol filter and auto recirculation.  Also inside is an 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, Infiniti Controller for use with vehicle information systems and comfort and convenience features, and the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather with Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast and Zagat Survey, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

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For 2013, the convenience of the standard Around View Monitor with front/rear sonar system is enhanced with the addition of the Moving Object Detection (MOD).  Around View Monitor utilizes four small superwide-angle cameras-mounted on the front, side and rear of the truck-to provide a virtual 360-degree view of objects around the vehicle, helping to maneuver it in tight spots.  The system uses advanced image processing to combine the images from the four cameras and provide a unique ‘Bird’s-Eye View of the vehicle’s surroundings.  The new MOD function helps enhance your situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings (front or back range object detection) if the system detects moving objects with the displayed image in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space.  The system detects moving objects within the ‘top view’ (when the vehicle in is Park).  When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects such as another vehicle, crossing within the front or rear views.

More standard equipment not mentioned above with the Technology Package/Deluxe Touring Package and Theater Package includes all express windows, power door locks, sequential welcome lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers-washers, rear wiper/washer, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, four chrome tie-downs in the rear, Infiniti Voice recognition, USB connection port for iPod interface, 120-volt outlet, auxiliary audio/video input jacks, intelligent cruise control, distance control assist, forward collision warning, front pre-crash seat belts, and a 15-speaker Bose Cabin Surround Sound system with digital 5.1 decoding system.  The Theater Package includes dual 7-inch color monitors, two wireless headphones and wireless remote control.

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Standard safety features not mentioned above includes Infiniti Advance airbag system with front airbags and seat-mounted side airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags for all three rows, 3-point height-adjustable seatbelts for all outboard rows, front-seat active headrests, LATCH system for child seats, child safety rear door locks, tire pressure monitor system, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.

WOW!  The new 2013 Infiniti QX56 4X4 has it all to keep any luxury full-size sport utility vehicle owner happy with plenty of power, performance, luxury, convenience and the latest in innovative safety systems.  Like any full-size luxury sport utility vehicle the price is steep-my QX56 4X4 with all of options cost $78,140.00 including destination.  On drawback is the low mpg specs-14mpg/city and 20mpg/highway, but after spending over $75,000.00 for the vehicle I don’t think that filling up the tank each week will dent the wallet.

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COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base QX56 2wd $61,350 /  As-Tested QX56 Premium 4×4 $78,140.00 including destination
  • Engine: 5.6-liter DOHC V8 400 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm / 413 lb. ft. torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 121.1 inches
  • Total length: 203.3 inches
  • Total width: 79.9 inch
  • Total height with roof rack: 75.8 inches
  • Track: f/r-67.5/67.9 inches
  • Approach angle: 20.9
  • Departure angle: 22.3
  • Ramp angle: 20.7
  • Ground clearance: 9.2 inches
  • Step-in-height: 22.4/first row/22.8 inches/second row
  • Headroom: f/m/r-39.9/40/36.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/m/r-39.6/41/28.8 inches
  • 0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 26 gallons


2012 Infiniti QX56 AWD Review & Test Drive 5
Sep
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, Infiniti, Infiniti QX56, SUV, Test Drives on 09 5th, 2012

‘THE LUXURY LAND YACHT OF SUV’S’

The Infiniti QX56 luxury performance sport utility has always had the reputation of being one of the best big, full-size premium sport utility vehicles.  Following its total redesign in 2011, the Infiniti QX56 has only become better in every respect that full-size, premium minded sport utility consumers are looking for.  The Infiniti QX56 is designed to attract and hold viewers’ attention, conveying its underlying sense of power and strength.  The new styling is dynamic, its size capable of transporting up to eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance, and its drivetrain rugged enough to handle tasks such as towing boats or trailers (8,500 pound capacity, when properly equipped), while also offering 14% better fuel economy than before.

Enhancements for the 2012 model year include the addition of Blind Spot Intervention to the Technology Package, the addition of the Bose Cabin Surround sound system with 15 speakers to the Deluxe Touring Package, the addition of heated second row seats and remote tip-up second row seats to the Theater Package, and the addition of headlight washers to the QX56 2WD Deluxe Touring Package.

I’ve tested all of the full-size luxury performance sport utility vehicles and the new QX56 AWD model, fully loaded, stands at the top for a lot of very good reasons.

The 2012 Infiniti QX56 again offers a high-stiffness frame structure that enhances ride comfort while reducing noise, vibration and harshness, a standard 5.6 liter V8 engine rated at 400hp/413lb.ft. of torque that combines the responsive acceleration of Infiniti’s VVEL (variable valve event & lift) technology with the efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline and a 7-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting.

The QX56 interior remains long on luxury and comfort, including Infiniti’s Hard Drive Navigation system, Around View Monitor for safe backing up, and a special Bose Digital 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound Audio system with 15 speakers, 10-way powered driver/front passenger heated/cooled perforated semi-aniline leather seating and a Theater Package with dual 7 inch color monitors behind the front headrests including two remote headphones and remote control.

Like I said before, the new 2012 Infiniti QX56 is designed to attract and hold viewers’ attention, conveying its underlying sense of power and strength.  The bold front chrome grille is flanked by automatic on/off bi-functional xenon headlamps with windshield wiper interlock and integrated front foglamps.  Adaptive Front Lighting with auto-leveling headlights and headlight washers are part of the Technology Package.  Other exterior features include LED taillights, heated, power-folding sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, courtesy lights and reverse tilt-down feature, body color running boards, body color integrated front and rear splashguards built into the wheel arches, chrome pull-out door handles, roof rails, power sliding tinted glass moonroof and a power rear liftgate.  A front underbody spoiler, functional rear liftgate spoiler and redesigned side mirrors help provide aerodynamics of 0.36 Cd and zero lift.  The QX56’s strong presence is accented by the powerful 22X8 inch wheel and tire combinations.  All 2012 QX56’s feature a high-stiffness frame structure with large side rail section width, connecting structures between each crossmember and side rails, an integrated rear hitch member, and a special rear body ring structure around the tailgate-all designed to help provide a quiet, comfortable ride.

The second-generation engine and transmission design delivers a combination of power, efficiency and refinement worthy of the Infiniti name.  Quickly moving the new QX56 to speed is a 5.6 liter 32-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V8 featuring Infiniti’s advanced VVEL (variable valve event & lift) technology and new Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system.  The VVEL system combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake to help improve performance and response.  This high-tech normally aspirated V8 engine pumps out 400hp at 5,800 rpm and 413 lb.ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.  Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with the throttle valve.  The VVEL system also offers improved emissions and fuel efficiency by substantially reducing the intake resistance that occurs when the engine’s throttle valve opening is narrowed and output is low.  The DIG system provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved economy and emissions performance by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering more precise injection control.  Estimated fuel economy is rated at 14mpg/city and 20mpg/highway.

Helping the 5,855 lb. QX56 achieve those mpg specs is the standard smooth shifting, 7-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control (ASC) and manual shift mode with downshift rev matching.  The QX56 is offered in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, with the 4WD model featuring Infiniti’s proven All-Mode 4WD system with Auto, 4H and 4L modes.  The All-Mode 4WD system is designed to distribute torque to all four wheels when road conditions warrant (up to 50% can go to the front wheels on demand), helping to enhance traction.  My test QX56 came with the 4WD option and I really enjoyed the extra traction, especially on slick roads during rain storms.  Also included is a standard active brake limited slip differential to inhibit excessive wheel spin and help put the power down on the pavement.

All QX56 models come standard with Hill Start Assist that works to stop you from rolling back for a few seconds should you take your foot off the brake pedal when on steep inclines, then switching to the throttle as you drive off.

An advanced Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is available on both 2WD and 4WD models (as part of the Deluxe Touring Package that I had).  The system helps to reduce body lean in turns, resulting in improved ride comfort for passengers in all three rows.  Suspension travel is automatically controlled by hydraulic chambers integrated into each shock absorber.  The chambers are cross-linked with piping, allowing for the transfer of hydraulic fluid, managed seamlessly by nitrogen-charged accumulators, from one side of the vehicle to the other.  This enables the system to vary suspension travel independently on either side of the vehicle, thereby counteracting body lean and creating a luxurious, flat ride previously unavailable to consumers in this segment.  It really works as the QX56 stayed flat driving on the curving cloverleaf’s at more than 60 mph when accessing the freeways.

The QX56’s suspension is an independent double-wishbone design front and rear, with Dual-Flow Path twin-tube shock absorbers and an automatic rear leveling system that seeds to maintain uniform ground clearance and departure angle, even when towing or carrying cargo, by automatically adjusting the air pressure in the system’s air bladders.  This big SUV drives more like a full-size luxury sport sedan at high speeds or when tackling curving roads.

Excellent braking power is provided by 4-wheel disc brakes-13.8 in. vented discs up front with dual-piston calipers, and 13.8 in. vented discs in the rear with single-piston calipers.  A hydraulic brake booster helps to generate firm pedal feel with reduced travel for a more linear feel and responsiveness.  Standard ABS, EBD and BA helps keep you in control driving on slick pavement.  You guide the big QX56 with engine-speed sensitive power rack & pinion steering that gives an excellent feel for the road and quick response to your inputs.

While the standard QX56 rides on 20X8 in. wheels and tires, my test vehicle came equipment with 22X8 in. 9-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 275/50R22 in. all-season radial tires for a smooth, quiet ride with excellent grip.  A tire pressure readout and tire inflation indicator is standard.

The QX56’s world-class inner sanctum offers a comfortable space and personal controls for every occupant.  It features standard 7-passenger seating capacity, with 8-passenger capacity optional with the 2nd row 60/40-split folding bench seat.  There are even grab handles for all three sets of seats including the A-pillars up front.  Leather appointed seating is standard for all three rows, with even more luxurious semi-aniline leather seating surfaces offered in the Deluxe Touring Package that I had aboard.  The driver’s seat is 10-way power adjustable including 2-way power lumbar support.  It features a standard dual occupant memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors.  The front passenger’s seat is 8-way power adjustable including 2-way lumbar support.  Heated front seats are standard with optional climate-controlled cooling front seats and heated 2nd row seats. Another option is a remote release for the 2nd row seats to activate the tip-up function through a switch on the center stack.  The 3rd row seat is a 60/40-split power folding design.  The 2nd row center console includes two cupholders and two storage bins.

A 16.6 cu.ft. cargo space for luggage is provided with the 3rd row seats up.  When the 3rd row seat is folded the flat load floor offers a wide versatile space for carrying cargo such as home furnishings or recreational gear.

The long list of additional comfort and convenience features include 9-cupholders, and 4-door pocket bottle holders, tri-zone automatic temperature control, Infiniti Intelligent Key with push button start, Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges and Infiniti signature analog clock.  Also part of the Deluxe Touring Package is an Advanced Climate Control System with Plasmacluster air purifier, grape polyphenol filter and auto recirculation.

Among the QX56’s available premium entertainment and technology features are an 8-inch WVGA color touch screen display, Infiniti Controller for use with vehicle information systems and comfort and convenient features, and the Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic, XM NavWeather and 3-day forecast.    Bluetooth hands-free phone system and the convenient Around View Monitor with front/rear sonar system are also standard.  The Bose 13-speaker Premium audio system includes two subwoofers with rear headliner-mounted 3rd row speakers ensure that sound quality is not compromised by obstructions such as luggage or cargo.  This year a new Bose Cabin Surround sound system with 15-speakers is part of the Deluxe Touring Package.  Other standard equipment includes a single in-dash CD/DVD player with MP3 playback, XM satellite radio, USB connection port for your iPod and streaming audio via Bluetooth.

More standard equipment includes power tilt/telescope/heated/leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated entry lighting, dual map lights, dual, lighted vanity mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers/washers, all express up/down windows, power door locks, map pockets behind the front seats, center console with dual cupholders and deep/wide storage bin, thick cut-pile carpeting and front/rear floor mats with a cargo mat.

Standard safety systems include advanced airbags, driver/front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags, 3-point seats belts for all passenger seats with front pretensioners/load limiters, front-seat active headrests, LATCH system for child seats, vehicle dynamic control with traction control, vehicle immobilizer, vehicle security system, front/rear crumple zones plus steel beams in each door.

Optional technology features include Infiniti’s Lane Departure Warning system, Lane Departure Prevention system, Blind Spot Warning system, Infiniti Advanced Intelligent Cruise Control system with Pre-Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Pre-Crash seatbelts.

This is the full-size luxury performance sport utility that leaves nothing behind and only pampers its owner and occupants with the latest in comfort, luxury, convenience and high-technology and safety features not found on any other sport utility vehicle in its class.

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COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $61,800.00 base/$75,340.00 loaded including destination charges
  • Engine: 5.6-liter DOHC V8 400hp @ 5,800 rpm / 413 lb.ft. torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 121.1 in.
  • Total length: 208.3 in.
  • Total width: 79.9 in.
  • Total height: 75.8 in.
  • Track: f/r-67.5/67.9 in.
  • Approach angle: 20.9
  • Departure angle: 22.3
  • Ramp angle: 20.7
  • Ground clearance: 9.2 in.
  • Step-in height: 22.4 in.
  • Step-in height: 2nd row-22.8 in.
  • Headroom: f/m/r-39.9/40/36.8 in.
  • Legroom: f/m/r-39.6/41/28.8 in.
  • Fuel tank: 26 gallons
  • Total interior volume: 167.9 cu.ft.
  • Maximum towing: 8,500 lbs.
  • Curb weight: 5,855 lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 14mpg/city, 20mpg/highway

 



2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD Review & Test Drive 16
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, Infiniti, Infiniti QX56, SUV, Test Drives on 11 16th, 2011

Before the unprecedented rise of gas prices, the SUV segment had a plethora of potential buyers. In the past few years consumers have taken to smaller vehicles and car-based SUVs (crossovers). The decision to switch to a smaller vehicle leaves only a few choices remaining if you want a powerful, roomy and luxurious SUV. One choice that remains to steal the heart of large SUV buyers is the new 2011 Infiniti QX56.

Infiniti has continued to offer a large SUV despite the slowing sales during upswings of gas prices. Although their decision is not solely reliant on gas prices, there are only a few available frame-on-body SUVs left to roam the earth. The 2011 Infinity QX56 is a complete redesign from the outgoing 2010 model. New innovations have kept the QX-mammoth alive instead of going the way of extinct frame-on-body vehicles. With better handling, improved fuel economy and luxury refinement, the QX56 has managed to take a distinguished road, which appeals to consumers who live the up-sized lifestyle.

Traditionally Infiniti vehicles are well endowed in the technology game with new innovations such as distance control assist, lane departure warning/intervention, blind-spot warning, and even a hydraulic Body Motion Control System. All of these techie features are available on the new 2011 Infiniti QX56 taking safety and comfort to new heights.

My new 2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD test vehicle was equipped with several options including the Deluxe Touring Package, Technology Package, Theater Package and large 22-inch wheel package. Opting for a QX56 with the Deluxe Touring Package gets you climate-controlled front seats, Mocha Burl Trim, Remote tip-up third row seats, semi-aniline leather-appointed seating and Hydraulic Body Motion Control, and 22-inch wheels and tires. The large 22-inch wheels/tires add to the stability and handling of the QX56 but may prove to give somewhat of a harsh ride when compared to the standard 20-inch wheels and tires. The Hydraulic Body Motion control does a great job to keep the body of the big QX56 from rocking and rolling especially at highway speeds.  The overall objective of the body motion control system is to prevent occupants from getting carsick. Additionally, it provides extra handling capabilities keeping the body level in corners by increasing hydraulic pressure to the outer dampers.

There is no denying the mass of the QX56 but somehow Infiniti manages to give the driver the ability to navigate a nearly 6,000 pound vehicle as you would any large car. The beefy 5.6-liter V8 engine produces a healthy 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque through a competent 7-speed automatic transmission. Manual shift control with rev-matched downshifts is standards giving a properly equipped QX56 4WD model the ability to tow up to 8,500 pounds. Without any extra dead weight in tow, the QX56 is able to run from 0 to 60mph in 6.8 seconds which is quick for such a big vehicle.

For this type of performance from a large SUV expect to pay dearly at the gas pump. My 2011 QX56 tester averaged 15.5 mpg. EPA estimates for the QX56 are 14mpg city and 20mpg highway. I could never get the EPA highway estimate of 20mpg even when attempting to perform my version of hyper-milling.

Parking the QX56 can be an easy task provided you are utilizing Infiniti’s remarkable around-view monitor system. The around-view system uses a series of 4 cameras mounted in the front, rear and under the review-side mirrors. All-together these wide-angle cameras compile a usable vehicle-placement image in a virtual 360 degree view of ‘around the car’. When compared to a smaller crossover vehicle, the system proves to be exceptionally beneficial for the QX56 when its added mass is factored in. Visibility is already good with plenty of side and rear window real-estate. The blind-spot warning system proves to be valuable when you have a full-house of occupants in the rear of the QX56. It gives you peace of mind when switching lanes, knowing that your blind spot is clear. In the event that a vehicle is in your blind spot and you use your turn signal, the system will sound an audible warning and flash the indicator.

The new Infiniti QX56 is all about giving the driver and all other passengers a temporary stay in the lap of luxury. The seating appointments are the best in its class considering you have a choice of an 8 seating configuration with a split 2nd row bench or a 7-passenger setup with two captain’s chairs. The 3rd row is exceptionally easy to get into but is somewhat cramped when you have two other adults just as tall as me sitting side-by-side. Up front and in the 2nd row you have more than enough space for virtually anyone no matter how big or small.

The rear cargo area is a breeze to configure for large items by using the power-fold seat buttons. The power rear lift gate is user-friendly with innovative pinch-detection weather strips that will automatically reverse the lift gate when closing if an object is sensed.

All interior controls and HVAC adjustments are easy to read and control. Other features on my 2011 QX56 include heated power-folding rearview mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wiper, sunroof, running boards, automatic bi-xenon headlights, foglights and a Class IV trailer hitch.

Exterior styling on the new 2011 QX56 is a big deportation from the outgoing 2010 model as well as the Nissan Armada that the previous generation QX56 was derived from. For the new 2011 QX56, the design and mechanics share very little with the Armada. Some will agree that the exterior styling of the new 2011 Infiniti QX56 can be summed up as “different” and “unique.” It is not much denying that the new QX56 has its own style that has a few characteristics from other Infiniti models. Either way, in the case of the QX56, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We will leave it as that.

Over-all the new 2011 Infiniti QX56 is a better Cadillac Escalade. Those in the market for a body-on-frame luxury SUV do not have many choices but they would not want to pass the QX56 by. A starting price of just over $59,000 for a new QX56 makes for an attractive buy. Loaded up to the gills with all of the tech gadgetry and 22-inch rollers expect to pay north of $75,000.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base QX56 $58,700 / As-Tested QX56 4WD estimated$73,000
  • Engine: 5.6-liter DOHC V8 400 horsepower @ 5800 rpm / 413 ft-lbs. torque @ 4000 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 121.1in.
  • Total length: 208.3in.
  • Total width: 79.9in.
  • Total height: 75.8in.
  • Track: f/r-67.5/67.6in.
  • Turning circle: 41.6ft.
  • Approach angle: 20.9-degrees
  • Departure angle: 22.3-degrees
  • Fuel tank: 26.0 gallons
  • Headroom: f/2nd row-39.9/40.0in.
  • Legroom: f/2nd row-39.6/41.0in.
  • EPA cargo volume: all-folded-112.0cu.ft.
  • Curb weight: 5,599lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.8 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 14mpg/city, 20mpg/highway






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