2011 Infiniti QX56 Review – Bigger is Better!

Friday December 10th, 2010 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Amazingly nimble handling with surprising lack of body lean
  • Huge interior and more rear legroom than flying business class on Jet Blue
  • Powerful engine with excellent acceleration
  • Beautiful interior with incredibly comfortable seats
  • The traction of all-mode 4-wheel drive
  • A twin-turbo V8 that has more than enough muscle to haul your Airstream trailer and gets respectable MPG

Cons:

  • Controversial exterior styling
  • Ultra-wide chassis almost requires a “wide load” sign on the rear bumper
  • Cargo room behind third row is disappointingly small

The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is obscenely huge—across many dimensions. The 4WD version we tested tips the scales at 5,850 pounds or three tons with me on board. It’s also got a mammoth 5.6 liter engine that burps out 400 horsepower and 413 lb-feet of torque. Harnessing this engine is a seven-speed transmission which helps it to eek out an surprisingly efficient 14/20 mpg rating. The rig also roles on dubs; 275/50 series tires wrap 22 inch rims – yes, 22 inchers! In fact, at 208 inches long and nearly 80 inches wide, this behemoth is actually longer and wider than the Cadillac Escalade and positively dwarfs our 2006 Toyota Highlander. Infiniti keeps the jiggle to a minimum, though, by using hydraulic shocks to compensate for its mass providing surprisingly svelte handling.

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