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in 2011 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $39,341 - $41,822
Original MSRP: $58,700 - $61,800
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Infiniti QX56 Interior

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Reviewers are impressed with the interior of the 2011 Infiniti QX56. They report that all rows of seats (even the third row) are comfortable, and that the cabin lives up to its luxury price tag. Most critics are also impressed with the long list of high-tech features available in the Infiniti QX56. By and large, reviewers say that the new QX56 has one of the nicest interiors in the class.

  • "Get into the cabin of a Cadillac Escalade after driving the new QX56, and its shapes, its forms, its surfaces, and its textures will suffer by comparison." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Refinement is a key word for the interior, too, which is no longer a lowly, plasticky Nissan cabin playing dress-up. This is a true luxury barge now, quiet and stylish inside, with handsome wood (stained with an attractive dark-to-light gradient) trimming the dash and doors, along with stitched leather smeared across the center console, door panels, and center armrest." -- Car and Driver
  • "How's it look? Much better from the inside. The cabin of the QX56 on display at the auto show is finished in light cream-colored leather, with tasteful touches of wood and chrome. It's all very yachtlike (in a good way)." -- New York Times
  • "And the whole package provides an elegant framework for some very sophisticated technology." -- About.com
  • "We can say that should you ever find yourself fortunate enough to be skimming the skies in a multimillion-dollar airliner, we hope the cabin is as nice as what you find in the new Infiniti bruiser." -- Autoblog

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Seating

Reviewers are nearly unanimous in saying that the seats in the 2011 Infiniti QX56 are comfortable and roomy. While a few say that adults may not be happy in the third row, others disagree -- which is rare in a class where third row seats are almost universally panned. 

The standard seating arrangement in the QX56 is captain's chairs in the first and second row and a three-person bench in the third row. In this configuration, the Infiniti QX56 seats seven. A second-row, three-person bench brings the seating capacity to eight and is a no-cost option.

  • "The front seats are very comfortable and there's lots of legroom for second-row riders. Acres of glass make everything feel bright and airy, and we like that the dashboard is low. Forward visibility is very good, although the entry-assist handle on the A-pillar is a little too close for comfort." -- Car and Driver
  • "If you have really tall kids, or kids old enough that they should have left home years ago, you'll appreciate the ample second-row legroom, which Infiniti claims is best in class. If your kids' kids are teenagers, they'll find sufficient space in the third row, especially with the seatback reclined (although there isn't room for much luggage behind that third seat)." -- Motor Trend
  • "Good leather with firm yet compliant cushioning graces the seats. Choose the seven-seat version of QX, and the second row captain's chairs are as comfortable as most front row seats in other brands (the eight-passenger QX substitutes a 60/40 split rear bench seat)." -- About.com
  • "The front seats are a kind of infinitely-adjustable guilty pleasure. Even at this price point, manufacturers like Cadillac have no problem supplying you with leather-dipped versions of the same thrones found in lesser trucks, but the buckets in the Infiniti are as comfortable as can be. Even with Kareem Abdul Jabar in the pilot's seat, there's plenty of room in the second row for the long-legged." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 comes very well-equipped. Standard features include tri-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat, a Bose premium audio system with a 9.3 GB music hard drive, streaming Bluetooth audio, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, as well as a USB port. Navigation with real time traffic information is also standard, as is Infiniti's Around View system, which gives the driver a 360-degree view of the area around the QX56. A DVD entertainment system is optional. 

While most reviewers say all of the technology works fine, a few complain that the controls are tough to learn.

  • "The gauges are highly legible, and they feature some pretty cool Spirograph-style background graphics." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's also a navigation system with real-time traffic and weather. A dual-screen multi-source playback DVD player with 7-inch color monitors is available to keep the, er, growing kids occupied in back. If the driver dynamics are no more entertaining than any other gigantica-utility, at least you won't get bored sitting around in this sport/utility." -- Motor Trend
  • "The comically big second-row console accommodates the headsets to the optional DVD entertainment system as well as a Wii console, as Infiniti points out, because goodness knows that the children of QX56 owners can't leave home without that." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "I could take up all of my review space listing luxury and technology options for the QX, but I won't. Suffice it to say that a surprising array of standard and optional features are available for the vehicle. Infiniti's strategy is to load up the standard QX with a nice level of luxury, and then offer packages that up the ante." -- About.com
  • "Though, we aren't entirely without gripe. We would've enjoyed more user-friendly steering wheel controls, as the cruise is operated by no less than five buttons and toggles, and the slew of switchgear is somewhat overwhelming as you're driving along at speed. " -- Autoblog

Cargo 

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 has a good amount of cargo space. Behind the third row seat, there is 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Behind the second row, there is 52.6 cubic feet of space, and when the second and third rows are folded, there is 112 cubic feet of space. While that space isn't class-leading, most reviewers say it should be enough for most people. A major plus is that the seats are easy to fold, making access to all that space a snap. A downside is that the lift height for getting items into the QX56 is a high.

Reviewers are also impressed with the small-item storage, which includes large consoles for both the first and second rows.

  • "The console is so big, in fact, that an ill-behaved child of a QX56 owner could be stuffed into it, not that we recommend that usage. There aren't any seatbelts in there, after all." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Speaking of the way-back seats, Infiniti has worked in a new power mechanism that can fold the third row flat to make room for additional cargo. The unit isn't exactly lightening quick, but it beats the pants off of fiddling with tethers, levers and locks." -- Autoblog
  • "The load floor is high, though, and much of the new QX's lengthening comes from the long rear bumper cover designed to hide away the hitch receiver. It creates a huge shelf aft of the hatch frame just begging for stuff to be dragged across it, gouging and scratching the paint." -- Car and Driver

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