Used Car: 2011 Infiniti QX56 Review
The 2011 Infiniti QX56 has an opulent interior, a good blend of technology and is a strong performer. Its biggest letdown is its low reliability score, but otherwise, the QX56 is a strong choice that was well-liked by critics.
The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is ranked:
When it was new, reviewers said the redesigned 2011 Infiniti QX56 was a major improvement over the 2010 model. They felt the QX56 had the looks, powertrain and luxury to compete with the segment’s heavy-hitters. The major downside with the QX56 is that it has one of the lowest reliability scores in the class, which means the QX56 might cost more in repairs and maintenance than its competitors.
Under the QX56’s hood, a 5.6-liter V8 engine offers significantly more power than the outgoing 2010 model. Reviewers generally agreed that the V8 had enough power to move the large vehicle with ease and that the QX56 has pretty good handling. Rear-wheel drive came standard, and four-wheel drive was optional when it was new. Regardless of which model you buy, the EPA estimates that you’ll get 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Maximum towing capacity and interior cargo volume are fairly good for the class, at 8,500 pounds and 95.1 cubic feet, respectively.
Inside, the QX56 drew rave reviews for its materials quality and overall feeling of richness for the class. Leather seating is standard in the QX56, which has room for up to eight when equipped with the available second-row bench seat. Reviewers said that all the seats were generally comfortable and offered plenty of room, even in the often-criticized third row. Notable standard equipment includes a hard drive navigation system, Bluetooth, USB jack, satellite radio, power liftgate, tri-zone climate control, a 13-speaker Bose stereo, parking sensors and a camera system that gives the driver a 360-degree view around the vehicle.
Other Cars to Consider
As an alternative to the QX56, consider the 2011 Cadillac Escalade. Like the QX56, the Escalade was generally praised by reviewers for its combination of luxury, power, handling and style. A better reliability score means that the Escalade may be less expensive to maintain, and the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV offers a lot more room for cargo than the QX56.
Another alternative to consider is the 2011 Lexus LX. Reviewers liked the LX’s combination of power and luxury when it was new. It is also one of the best luxury large SUVs for going off-roading. While the Escalade trumps the QX56 with a better reliability score, the LX takes it even further with a reliability rating that’s at the top of the class. In fact, the LX’s great reliability, spacious interior and unique safety features are just a few reasons why we named it our 2011 Best Luxury Large SUV for Families.