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

July 5, 2011
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Long-Term 2011 Infiniti QX56 Update - SUMMER 2011 (2 OF 4)
Months in Fleet: Eight / Miles to Date: 20,523
The staff’s level of interest in a Four Seasons test vehicle is cyclical and often predictable. As soon as a new vehicle arrives, we all fight for the keys and hope to put on a few miles while the car is still in showroom condition. Then our collective interest usually drops in the middle months of our test once the newness wears off. This partially explains why we only added 678 miles to our QX’s odometer in the last month.
Another reason the QX experienced less love lately is the combination of high fuel prices that spiked shortly after our May update was published and its gas guzzling reputation. It’s true the fuel economy isn’t much of a concern if you’re towing a heavy trailer or filling every seat or cubic foot of cargo capacity inside the vehicle, but the truth is the majority of our miles are spent commuting with only one or two people in the vehicle. Jennifer Misaros, managing editor of digital platforms, admits the QX “actually causes me to feel self-conscious when I’m driving it.” Associate online editor Jake Holmes echoes the sentiment, “like Jen, I get a twinge of eco-guilt when I drive this massive 5850-pound SUV without any passengers or cargo.”
The logbook also praises the QX’s more hedonistic appeal: “Having driven slower vehicles recently, I couldn’t help but marvel again at this monster’s explosive acceleration,” exclaims copy editor Rusty Blackwell. Assistant editor David Zenlea agrees with Blackwell and applauds our Infiniti’s handling composure, noting, “the QX also feels quite balanced for a vehicle this size.”
Though our opinions on the QX’s mission may be divided, we all seem to agree with its execution. Frequently repeated comments include praise for the strong power delivery, supple leather seats, and incredible ability to keep body roll to a minimum in fast turns. That’s the truth about the 2011 Infiniti QX56: If you’re going to use it for the tasks it was designed for, there’s little room for improvement. But when you’re driving around in a big, empty SUV that only covers an average of 16 miles of road for each gallon of gas burned, it feels a bit out of its element.
2011 Infiniti Qx56 Engine
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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