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$66,685 | 24,277 mi
2012 Infiniti QX56$51,000 | 35,019 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$45,658 | 51,360 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$49,750 | 21,607 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$49,880 | 28,586 mi
2011 Infiniti QX56$52,750 | 38,308 mi
2010 Infiniti QX56$29,750 | 65,691 mi
2010 Infiniti QX$34,991 | 49,920 mi
2010 Infiniti QX$35,991 | 44,589 mi
2008 Infiniti QX56$24,236 | 89,649 mi
2007 Infiniti QX56$21,998 | 97,617 mi
2007 Infiniti QX56$22,250 | 97,133 mi
2006 Infiniti QX56$19,250 | 95,378 mi
2006 Infiniti QX56$24,595 | 57,559 mi
2005 Infiniti QX56$16,500 | 109,782 mi
2004 Infiniti QX56$16,977 | 110,926 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