2012 Infiniti QX56 Review
Auto reviewers say the 2012 Infiniti QX56 is one of the best luxury large SUVs you can buy, though many shoppers probably won't like its rough-and-tumble capabilities.
Test drivers praise both the Infiniti QX56’s interior and performance, but they’re not so sure about its looks. The QX56 strays from the traditional boxy luxury large SUV look, and instead relies on curved surfaces and functional side vents. While reviewers agree that much like other Infinitis, the QX56’s looks make it stand out from the crowd, there’s no consensus as to whether this is a good or a bad thing.
However, this big Infiniti’s looks are one of its only drawbacks, according to test drivers. Its cavernous interior provides enough space for adults in all three rows, and test drivers say that its materials outshine more-established luxury brands like Cadillac. Plus, it’s surprisingly nimble for such a hefty SUV, and it packs more power than most other luxury SUVs.
If you really need all of the capabilities of an eight-seat, truck-based SUV, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 is a leading choice. However, like all large SUVs, reviewers say that if you can get by with a bit less off-road and towing muscle, reviewers say you might want to shop for a luxury crossover instead.
Other SUVs to Consider
Not many luxury large SUVs offer the combination of a high-tech interior, roomy cabin, impressive driving dynamics and off-road capability that the QX56 does, but if you’re put off by its unusual styling, check out the Mercedes-Benz GL. The GL is a capable luxury truck with an upscale interior and seating for seven, but its styling is much more traditional. However, you’ll pay extra for its conservative exterior and Mercedes-Benz badge. The GL costs a few thousand more than the QX56 does.
If off-road ability means less to you than a comfortable cabin and good fuel economy, consider the Audi Q7. It starts considerably less than the Infiniti QX56, and it has comfortable seating for seven. Plus, test drivers love its luxurious interior, and say its cabin electronics are particularly easy to use. It’s a luxury crossover, so it doesn’t have the same off-road chops as the Infiniti QX56 does, but reviewers feel that most shoppers can get by with Audi’s capable quattro all-wheel drive system.
Details: The Infiniti QX56
The 2012 Infiniti QX56 comes in one trim, and is available in either two- or four-wheel drive. There are five packages shoppers can add to upgrade their QX56. The QX56 was redesigned for the 2011 model year, so 2012 doesn’t see many changes, apart from a few more features added to some of its packages.
See the full list of 2012 Infiniti QX56 specifications.
- "Redesigned last year, the QX56 offers a comprehensive luxury SUV package. While the exterior styling isn't for everyone, this behemoth puts forth power and refinement with oodles of luxury and safety features. The cabin feels vast and even offers comfort to third-row passengers.” -- Car and Driver
- "If you have towing needs and a family of more than 5 to 6, the 2012 Infiniti QX56 is a well-turned and comfortable ride worth looking into.” -- 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
- "Infiniti's QX56 impresses with a tastefully finished interior and a smooth, well controlled ride--especially with the available Hydraulic Body Motion Control System. Another plus is pricing that undercuts most of its main rivals. Downsides include a load floor that isn't flat in 7-passenger models and the trade offs in fuel economy and maneuverability expected of an SUV that's this large.” -- Consumer Guide