Comparison: 2011 Infiniti QX56 vs. 2011 Lexus LX570

A. J. Mueller

Interior Dimensions: Sitting in the Lap of Luxury

The interior of our Four Seasons Infiniti QX56 is a feast for the eyes, with a sweeping dashboard bisected by a tastefully designed center stack, subtle white LED lighting, and chrome accents setting off the mocha burl wood trim and wheat-colored leather. We especially like the gathered leather on the door panels and the calming, blue-lit gauges. The audio and climate systems are handled by two sets of buttons and rotary knobs, all logically laid out and easy to reach. More complex tasks are handled by the eight-inch touch screen; for those who prefer a more tactile experience, the Infiniti also has a rotary knob just beneath the screen that duplicates the functions. While well executed, the Infiniti still leaves a little something to be desired -- it doesn't feel special enough.

On the other hand, the Lexus LX570's sumptuous cabin is a 100 percent cashmere sweater to the Infiniti QX56's cashmere-poly blend. All eight seating positions, the doors, and the dashboard are trimmed in creamy, semi-aniline leather and accented with African bubinga wood, the same type of timber used to make those gorgeous Gibson guitars. The remainder of the cabin is trimmed in the highest quality plastics and every button you press is dampened for silent, silky operation. The LX is crypt-like in its silence, which is quite an achievement given its upright shape and twenty-inch wheels wrapped in beefy tires.

Advantage: Lexus LX570

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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