Comparison: 2011 Infiniti QX56 vs. 2011 Lexus LX570

A. J. Mueller

Ride and Handling: Shopping Mall Chicane

The Infiniti QX56 is better to drive, with handling characteristics that are akin to those of a very large luxury sedan. Until you glance in the rearview mirror and see all that SUV riding along behind you, it's easy to forget that you're driving such an elephantine vehicle. While it may not be a canyon carver, the QX56 holds its own once the roads start twisting, staying planted and only feeling top-heavy when you come into a turn too quickly. The brakes are linear and strong, and the steering is appropriately boosted for a vehicle this size. Lower speeds, however, reveal the Infiniti's size, and you might have to troll the parking lot at Neiman Marcus for a while before you find a space that's easy to slide into.

The Lexus LX570 drives like a truck. Uneven surfaces as small as grooved pavement will upset its ride, and the vehicle wallows even when the suspension is at its firmest setting. The steering feels numb and provides little feedback, and the brake pedal is hard to modulate. In short, there's too much isolation between the driver's hands and feet and what's happening on the road surface. The good news is that the LX's off-roading heritage pays dividends during around-town, low-speed maneuvering -- a best-in-class turning radius of 38.7 feet and short overhangs mean that rock scrambling and parking lot maneuvers alike are a breeze.

Advantage: Infiniti QX56

The author is incorrect on a couple of points. (1) stating that the QX56 only has one rear video monitor as it has two. (2) As with the LX 570, the Infiniti QX56 with the Deluxe Touring Package features Semi Aniline leather seating as well.
I love the LX570. However... I'd skip over both of these and just get a Land Cruiser. Its not exactly a Spartan car either. Though the LX has the best interior this side of a Range Rover (and even then it gives it a run for its money)

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