While we have always liked the QX from Infiniti, we thought it was more of a dressed up Nissan Armada than its own vehicle. Apparently so did Infiniti, as they created a completely new-from-the-ground-up QX56 for the first time, which enters the market as its own stand-alone model for the 2011 model year. All the time that Infiniti spent engineering the new QX shows – it’s larger, more sumptuous and overall, reflects the brand ethos in a much more enlightened way.
What's to Like
Infiniti has spared no expense in equipping the QX, and it shows – interior quality and refinement are exceptional. The standard equipment list is longer than we could begin to mention, which in our opinion is good thing.
What's Not to Like
The QX56 is by no means a svelte compact, and sizable D-pillars make navigating city streets and congested highways a more difficult procedure. An awkwardly styled front-end means parallel parking is a bit of a mind game.
Now, you’ll be forgiven for thinking this is no sports car – it’ll never hold a flame to the all-new M56 , though they do share the same 5.6-liter V-8 – but, that said, for an SUV of its size, the fact that it doesn’t fall over at the mere sight of a corner is impressive. The ride is surprisingly compliant and comfortable even when you slap on the optional 22-inch wheels. Infiniti has made use of a clever suspension setup – they call it Hydraulic Body Motion Control – that will prop up one side of the car in a tight corner to reduce body roll, improving cornering feel and driver confidence. The engine, the aforementioned 5.6-liter V-8, delivers even this behemoth to ticketing speeds in no time with 400 horsepower, 413 lb-ft of torque and an engine note that’ll make your right foot feel a whole lot heavier. But if you are a bit more disciplined than us and can resist the temptation, you’ll be rewarded with an amazingly smooth ride that’ll take the edge off long distance trips.
Engine and Drivetrain
While a 5.6-liter, 400 horsepower V-8 with a seven-speed transmission are the only engine and transmission options, the QX56 comes available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive trim – the latter sporting a computer-controlled transfer case and three different drive settings, Auto, 4H and 4L, to tackle all that your weekday commute can think to throw at you.
Interesting Vehicle Features
Infiniti has equipped a huge amount of standard options and chances are if you can dream it up, the QX has it. But for those who want a little more kit and a couple quieter passengers, there’s the $2,450 Theater Package that equips two rea...