We've had a few years to get used to the design of the Infiniti QX56, but the rolling curves and slopes of its sheetmetal continue to elicit love-it-or-hate-it reactions from buyers. But the big SUV's design might not even matter for those who want a large luxury SUV that still retains some off-road capabilities.
As other SUVs swap out performance for fuel efficiency, the 5,500-pound QX56 sticks to a 5.6-liter V8 that churns out 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, the Infiniti is both powerful and quick, towing up to 8,500 pounds and going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Expect 14 mph city and 20 mpg highway.
Offered with rear- or four-wheel drive, the QX's off-road capability -- while limited -- is better than much of the competition. This results, though, in a stiffer ride than most luxury shoppers expect.
The Infiniti's cabin is luxuriously-appointed and roomy, especially in the first two rows. While the 60/40 split bench in the third-row is tight on legroom, it does have a quick power-folding feature that's new for 2013. Another addition this year is an around-view monitor that combines images from four different cameras to create a bird's-eye view from the QX56.
Infiniti offers tow and snow modes on all QX56s. Other standard features include: 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; HID xenon headlights; fog lights; a power liftgate and third-row seat; three-zone climate control; and a hard drive navigation system with an eight-inch touch-screen and Lane Guidance.
An optional Theater package includes dual seven-inch monitors, wireless headphones and heated second-row seats.
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2013 Infiniti QX56$48,900 | 32,153 mi
2013 Infiniti QX56$61,000 | 16,646 mi
2012 Infiniti QX56$50,795 | 52,978 mi
2012 Infiniti QX56$54,995 | 18,795 mi
2012 Infiniti QX56$56,995 | 36,146 mi
2012 Infiniti QX56$56,995 | 26,114 mi
2012 Infiniti QX56$57,000 | 13,092 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$42,995 | 51,628 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$42,997 | 58,085 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$44,995 | 48,920 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$44,997 | 55,556 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$46,495 | 45,606 mi
2011 Infiniti QX$46,988 | no mileage
2011 Infiniti QX56$47,551 | 36,806 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$48,000 | 47,157 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$49,000 | 36,382 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$49,997 | 46,159 mi
2010 Infiniti QX56$31,495 | 76,714 mi
2009 Infiniti QX56$29,990 | 66,875 mi
2008 Infiniti QX56$21,995 | 95,468 mi
2008 Infiniti QX56$25,000 | 89,113 mi
2008 Infiniti QX56$36,980 | 17,191 mi
2007 Infiniti QX56$17,962 | 104,149 mi
2006 Infiniti QX56$16,975 | 106,365 mi
2006 Infiniti QX56$19,994 | 88,673 mi
2006 Infiniti QX56$21,495 | 57,523 mi
2005 Infiniti QX56$13,920 | 127,708 mi
2004 Infiniti QX56$16,495 | 115,072 mi
More upscale interior but not as capable off-road
Available in longer L model but features less interior options
Outperforms the QX56 in many areas except price
Less cargo utility yet has a car-like feel and good fuel-economy