12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD - Four Seasons Update - December 2010

January 5, 2011
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Long-Term 2011 Infiniti QX56 Update - WINTER 2011 (1 OF 2)
Months in Fleet: Two / Miles to Date: 8578
Our 2011 Infiniti QX56 is quickly accumulating miles, which is not surprising for big, luxurious vehicles in their first few months at Automobile Magazine. We've already visited the dealer for service at 5500 miles and had the engine oil and filter replaced for a total of $44.41.
It took copy editor Rusty Blackwell more than a month to get a chance to drive the QX. Blackwell's drive happened to coincide with the first snowfall of the year and he had a chance to put the heated steering wheel, heated seats, and all-wheel drive to the test, declaring the big Infiniti "wasn't fazed a bit." His only complaint was that it isn't possible to turn off the lane departure warning system without also taking blind spot detection offline as well. Associate editor Eric Tingwall first pointed out this flaw a few days after our QX56 arrived.
With the freezing temperatures throughout Michigan in December, many staffers wanted a crack at the QX56 simply to evaluate the heated seats and steering wheel. Associate Web editor Evan McCausland is one of the few who publicly admitted his vehicle selection criteria changes with the season and reported the heated seats "don't feel all that hot" though the steering wheel's heater is "a boon." The navigation unit impressed McCausland as well: "Displays are clear and legible, maps crisp and accurate, and the system is always quick to respond to user input. "
Despite our proclivity for powerful engines and sumptuous interiors, some staff members have blanched when it comes time to refuel the QX56. A few admitted to ignoring the manufacturer's suggestion to use premium fuel and topping off the SUV with regular instead. We've decided to stick with the recommendation for premium for the remainder of our test so we take full advantage of the 5.6-liter's 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and don't compromise fuel economy or performance. It will certainly cost us a few dollars more on a vehicle that will undoubtedly see more than 30,000 miles during its time here, but owners of a $72,500 luxury SUV certainly have the extra $0.20 per gallon to make sure it performs as the manufacturer intended.
2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD Side
Base price (with dest.)$60,750
Price as tested$72,560
Body Style SUV
Accommodation 7-passenger
Construction Body-on-frame
Engine DOHC 32-valve V-8
Displacement 5.6 liters
Power 400 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque 413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive Four-wheel
Fuel Economy 14/20/16 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering
Turning circle 41.6 ft
Suspension, Front Hydraulic Body Motion Control System
Suspension, Rear Hydraulic Body Motion Control System
Brakes F/R Power-assisted ventilated disc; ABS
Wheels 22 x 8.0-inch forged-aluminum
Tires Bridgestone Dueler H/T 684II
Tire Size 275/50R22 111H
Headroom F/2R/3R 39.9 / 40.0 / 36.8 in
Legroom F/2R/3R 39.6 / 41.0 / 28.8 in
Shoulder Room F/2R/3R 63.8 / 63.5 / 60.5 in
Wheelbase 121.1 in
Track F/R 67.5 / 67.9 in
L x W x H 208.3 x 79.9 x 75.8 in
Caro Capacity 49.6 / 95.1 cu ft (3R seats down / with 2R & 3R seats down)
Weight 5850 lb
Fuel Capacity 26.0 gal
Est. Range 416 miles
Fuel Grade 89 octane
Standard Equipment 5.6-liter V-8 engine 7-speed automatic transmission Four-wheel drive Snow and tow modes Hill start assist 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS Vehicle dynamic control Traction control system Tire pressure monitoring system 8-way driver/6-way passenger power/heated front seat Power lumbar support Leather-appointed seats Second row captains chairs Power 60/40 split and fold third row seats Power tilt/telescoping steering column Heated steering wheel with multi-function controls Bose 13-speaker premium audio system Single in-dash CD/DVD player with MP3 playback 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive XM satellite radio USB/iPod adapter Bluetooth connectivity Infiniti hard drive navigation system 8-inch color touch-screen display Voice recognition for audio Around view monitor with front and rear sonar system Tri-zone automatic climate control Intelligent key with push button ignition Power sliding tinted glass sunroof
Deluxe touring package $5,800 22-inch forged-aluminum wheels Hydraulic body motion control system Climate-controlled front seats Heated second row seats Remote tie up second row seats Advanced climate control system Headlight washers
Technology package $2850 Intelligent cruise control Blind spot warning Land departure warning Land departure prevention Intelligent brake assist Forward collision warning Adaptive front lighting system with auto leveling
Theater package $2450 Dual 7-inch color rear monitors Two wireless headphones Wireless remote control Auxiliary audio/video input jacks 120V power outlet
Illuminated kick plates $390
Roof rail crossbars $320

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2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD - Four Seasons Update - December 2010
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