After a Battery of Bourgeoisie Testing, the Winner Is
Our first thought was to take the 2011 Infiniti QX56 and 2011 Lexus LX570 off-roading, but as capable as these vehicles are, few of them will actually see anything worse than a gravel driveway on the Cape. Really, their natural habitat is the suburban jungle. While they might be overkill for Starbucks, shopping, and soccer runs, that's often what they are used for. Lattes in hand, we hit the mall.
As we wheeled our mountain sage green Infiniti QX56 into the parking structure adjacent to the Nordstrom store at the Somerset Collection, we saw no fewer than six other current-generation QX56s. This comes as no surprise, as the QX handily outsold both of Infiniti's smaller EX and FX crossovers in 2010 and over 3000 QXs have already been sold in the first quarter of 2011. The LX570's sales have not been quite as impressive; Lexus found homes for only 897 of them in the first three months of 2011.
With its athleticism, powertrain, and value, the 2011 Infiniti QX56 handily beats the 2011 Lexus LX570. Though its interior might not be quite as sumptuous and the Infiniti brand lacks the cachet of Lexus, the Infiniti QX56 is the one I'd most like to take to Costco...and home to Mom.