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