Infiniti QX56 Interior
The spacious interior of the 2008 Infiniti QX56 offers the comfort, luxury, and cargo room expected of an SUV in its class, and interior restyling for this year has improved quality.
"The revised interior styling looks richer than before, with greater use of wood trim on the dash and doors," says Cars.com. Edmunds adds, "thanks to improvements in materials quality and the design of the instrument panel, the QX's cabin no longer immediately strikes one as a leather-lined derivative of the workaday Nissan Titan pickup cab," and notes that new interior features "give the QX56 an edge against the 'Slade and 'Gator.
As expected with a large SUV, the QX56 is roomy, with 97.1 cubic feet of cargo room, and even more with the rear seats folded. Though this is a little less cargo space that some in-class competitors, About.com asserts, "The Infiniti QX56 is a whole lot of SUV," and guesses that only "if you've got a big family, or if you regularly transport a lot of people," would you "be one of the few who actually need all that capacity."
The QX56 offers different seating configurations that can sit seven or eight passengers. Standard seating holds seven, with two captain's chairs in the second row. An optional second-row bench seat increases passenger capacity by one. "There's seemingly enough room for an NBA starting team to stretch out," writes the U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman reports, "The seats are huge, clearly fashioned for grandiose posteriors.", "although it helps to have NBA agility to climb in and out of this 78-inch-high vehicle." Even the seats themselves are spacious.
Consumer Guide reports that, in the front row, "Occupants ride high on wide, supportive seats with ample headroom and legroom," and that the " included power-adjustable seat, pedals, and tilt/telescopic steering column are boons for driver comfort." New Car Test Drive says, "The leather-trimmed front seats are almost plush, nicely bolstered with adjustable inboard armrests, and heated." About.com says the seats are "covered with the best leather this side of a baseball glove -- thick and rich, soft yet tough -- with just the right amount of padding and firm support."
In the second row, "I liked the heated, standard captain's chairs," writes a reviewer for the Consumer Guide says that "space in the 2nd row is bountiful, but the seats are ordinary for shape and comfort." About.com reports, "My test vehicle came with the bench, which was comfortable and easy to fold. There's actually room for three adults to sit, so if you need the most capacity, go for the bench seat.", "with adjustable backs in the second row, which has lots of legroom."
In the back, contends the Consumer Guide agrees, adding "space in the 3rd row is tight for adults.", "The third row is cramped and, while the QX56 is quiet, I had trouble hearing front-seat passengers from that vantage point."
"Technology abounds in vehicle systems, as well as convenience and entertainment options," writes CNET. Edmunds reports "The QX56's instrument panel was completely redesigned for 2008 and is now more befitting a luxury vehicle than the previous setup." New Car Test Drive says the instruments are "very pretty" but cautions, "The always-lighted gauges can lead even an attentive driver into thinking the exterior lights are on when they are not." Consumer Guide adds, "Most controls are intuitive and clearly marked, though a few buttons are a stretch for either driver or passenger to easily reach."
The QX56 comes standard with a navigation system. About.com calls it a "good nav system" and explains, "The screen also connects with a rear-view camera, which activates automatically when the SUV is put into reverse." CNET reports, "The GPS system worked well both in the city and in rural Sonoma County. The usual Nissan/Infiniti navigation interface is relatively simple, but its stubby joystick/button can be difficult to press straight inward without moving it sideways and changing your selection." Also standard is a Bose audio system that contends, "provided awesome sound." A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is optional.
The QX56 certainly has space. Whether it's more or less space than its competitors offers appears to be a matter of interpretation. Edmunds writes, "As big as it is, the QX56 has less maximum cargo capacity than an Escalade or Lincoln Navigator, with just over 97 cubic feet of space." The doesn't parse the numbers and simply concludes, "The cargo area is big, and second- and third-row seats fold flat for additional cargo space." Without the seats folded flat, Consumer Guide reports "There's only grocery-bag space behind the 3rd row seat, plus modest under-floor storage."
Auto Mall USA provides a rundown of the cabin's small storage nooks: "Storage is plentiful, with fixed map pockets in the front and rear doors. The back of the driver's seat boasts a hinged magazine holder. Eight cup holders are provided. A modest amount of hidden storage space resides beneath the cargo floor behind the rear seat." AutoMedia sums it up, "Big trucks should have plenty of cargo capacity and this one does."