2013 Infiniti QX56 Review
While some competitors earn a better reliability score, test drivers say that ample passenger space and an elegant, tech-filled interior make the 2013 Infiniti QX56 a compelling choice among luxury SUVs.
The 2013 Infiniti QX56 comes with a V8 engine, and most critics agree that it provides plenty of power. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, which also earns praise for its smooth, refined shifts. The EPA reports that the QX56 gets 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. However, SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Lexus GX use less fuel. Despite its size and weight, test drivers agree that the 2013 QX56 is fairly nimble, maneuverable and fun to drive. Still, a few reviewers also write that its ride isn’t as smooth as they would like, particularly on models equipped with larger 22-inch wheels.
Test drivers note that supple leather and attractive wood trim give the QX56’s cabin a luxurious feel, and that fit and finish are quite good for the class. The QX56 also earns points for its comfortable and spacious first- and second-row seats, as well as its good outward visibility from the driver’s seat. Some auto writers say that the third row is even spacious enough to be comfortable for adults. However, others report that the QX56’s third row is still best-suited to children. The QX56 comes with an expansive list of standard equipment, and most test drivers say that its tech features are easy to use. Some of the QX56’s optional driver assistance features do draw criticism though, as some reviewers think they can be distracting. The QX56 comes with a power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, navigation, Infiniti’s Around View camera system with front and rear parking sensors and a 13-speaker Bose stereo system with a USB port, auxiliary audio and video jacks and satellite radio. Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning are available as part of a technology package, which also adds blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.
- "This high-content heavyweight impresses for surprisingly brisk acceleration, high mechanical refinement, adept ride, and spacious, tasteful, high-quality interior. The main downsides are the trade-offs in fuel economy and maneuverability that go with big SUVs, plus blatant Ponzi-scheme options-package availability that undercuts attractive starting prices (though rival premium brands are guilty of this too)." -- Consumer Guide
- "High levels of luxurious comfort and plenty of high-tech features make the 2013 Infiniti QX a solid pick among large luxury SUVs." -- Edmunds
- "Despite a move toward smaller, more fuel-efficient SUVS, Infiniti knows there will always be a large segment of population that needs seating for eight and an ability to pull a luxury powerboat or horse trailer up to 8,500 pounds. But, what the QX really offers its owners is a rolling showcase for Infiniti's unique take on interior design and its impressive arsenal of technological delights." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The QX might be about the largest production vehicle on the road, it might have been designed by a drunken anime cartoonist, and it might be completely unnecessary for any sort of rational commute. But you don't buy a vehicle like this out of rationality, you buy it because of its presence, unreal power, and living-room-like comfort. And in those three areas, the Infiniti is unique.” -- Motor Trend (2011)
Other SUVs to Consider
The diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec costs slightly more than the QX56, but it also uses considerably less fuel. The GL350 also comes with a number of advanced safety features, and reviewers appreciate its smooth, comfortable ride.
The Cadillac Escalade comes with a powerful V8 engine, and reviewers agree that it has a luxurious cabin that’s filled with intuitive tech features. The Escalade is also our Best Luxury Full-Size SUV for Families, thanks to its combination of quality, space and family-friendly features.
Details: 2013 Infiniti QX56
The 2013 Infiniti QX56 seats up to eight and has rear-wheel drive. A 5.6-liter V8 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The QX56 comes in just one trim, though a number of option packages are available. For 2013, the QX56 gains standard auto-dimming side-view mirrors and a moving object detection system, which works with the QX56’s Around View camera system. Aside from that, the QX56 is basically unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through 2013.