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

January 27, 2011
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Long-Term 2011 Infiniti QX56 Update - WINTER 2011 (2 OF 2)
Months in Fleet: Three / Miles to Date: 10,247
As the snow started falling, staffers scurried to grab the QX keys. "Winter in Detroit is the most SUV time of year," mused senior editor Joe Lorio after a night in the QX. He's on to something there. With the reduced traction available on snowy streets, the temperatures dip below freezing, and everyone looking for a warm, comfortable place to pass the time, our QX seems like the perfect ride for the winter months.
Still, our hyper critical drivers did manage to find a few chinks in the QX's armor. Copyeditor Rusty Blackwell initially praised the cavernous cargo area's ability to swallow an end table, coffee table, and some folding chairs without folding down the second row of seats, but also pointed out that the high load floor and 22.4-inch stepover height don't make for convenient loading or boarding procedures. He also complained that lane departure warning and blind spot warning can't operate independently, which conflicts with his desire to clip apexes and still know when there's something in his blind spot.
Deputy editor Joe DeMatio, however, doesn't mind the fact that the lane departure warning system and blind spot detection systems work in tandem: "I'll take any electronic assistance I can have, thank you very much, for the task of keeping this big beast in its lane." DeMatio especially appreciates the electronic aides when it's time to "fiddle with any of the many controls on the center stack." Joe is apparently the first staffer to fill the QX with six adults and he decided to test the third row for himself: "Plenty of headroom, but legroom was tight and overall the accommodations were not as good as you'd get in a minivan or in the Ford Flex."
Despite our love for the QX's heated seats, steering wheel, and overall great cold weather comfort, we're already dreaming of warmer weather and more adventurous trips for the QX once the snow starts melting. Be sure to check back next month to find out where the QX goes and what we think of it during its fourth month at 120 East Liberty Street.
2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD Vent
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 - January 2011
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