12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: Four Seasons Introduction: 2011 Infiniti QX56

November 30, 2010
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It's certainly not the best-looking steed in the Infiniti stable -- that honor goes to the new M sedan -- but the all-new QX56 is every bit as important to Infiniti's fortunes in the American market. After all, in September, Infiniti sold 1460 M sedans and 822 QX56s, but the gap had nearly closed by October, when it found buyers for 1175 M sedans and 1157 QX56s. The QX was in such demand, in fact, that our Four Seasons QX56's arrival was delayed by more than a month, as eager Infiniti dealers scooped up every available QX coming out of the Kyushu, Japan, plant where the Nissan Patrol on which it's based is also built.
Infiniti QX56 Rear Three Quarter
We think our seven-passenger QX will prove to be worth the wait. You see, many of us at Automobile Magazine suffer from that typical American condition wherein we don't know how to travel lightly. Our children are typical Americans as well: they want to watch videos while we drive, and they want to bring all their toys with them. Our QX's 168 cubic feet of total interior volume and its $2450 Theater Package with two seven-inch monitors will make that a cinch. Art director and father of two Matt Tierney photographed the QX during its first weekend with us, and he was beaming on Monday morning as he planned the excursions he and his family will make in it. Those of us without young children are just as enthused: tech editor Don Sherman is eager to put the QX56's 8500-pound towing capacity to use, and we fully expect that the QX's cargo hold will soon be familiar territory for editor-in-chief Jean Jennings's prize-winning Chesapeake Bay retriever, Bob, as they travel to dog shows around the Midwest.
Whether we're ferrying children or dogs or simply groceries, we'll all be enjoying our QX56's standard silky V-8 and seven-speed automatic, along with two more pricey but useful option packages. The $2850 Technology Package provides smart cruise control, lane departure and collision warning, blind-spot detection, and brake assist, while the $5800 Deluxe Touring Package boasts huge, twenty-two-inch wheels; Infiniti's new hydraulic body-motion control system, which reduces head toss for rear-seat passengers; extrafancy leather upholstery; headlight washers; heated second-row seats; and an advanced climate-control system that is purportedly more efficient at cooling the rearmost parts of the cabin, in a nod to the QX's popularity in the stifling hot Middle East. Before we get a chance to check that out, though, we have to endure another Michigan winter. There's nothing better for that task than a big, capable, luxurious four-by-four.
Infiniti QX56 Interior
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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