(4.8) 15 reviews
MSRP: $23,620$39,968
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 17
Engine: 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 (premium)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 7-8

Our Take on the 2012 INFINITI QX56

Our Take

Redesigned last year, Infiniti's enormous QX56 adopted the brand's styling to look a bit more like its smaller cohorts. The standard 5.6-liter V-8 has direct fuel injection and makes 400 horsepower. The QX can have rear- or four-wheel drive. The QX, which can seat eight in three rows, ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Styling not for everyone
  • Tight third row
  • Gas mileage

Notable Features

  • 400-hp V-8 with direct injection
  • Available four-wheel drive
  • Seats up to eight
  • 8,500-pound towing capacity
  • Available 360-degree camera view


Our Expert Reviews

The 2012 Infiniti QX56 pulled off a nearly impossible feat during a family drive to the Rocky Mountains: My husband and I had a rare adult conversation in the first row while our three children were in the SUV. This happened because our little ones were cozily nestled in the second and third rows and engrossed in a movie playing on the two head-restraint-mounted entertainment screens. The 201... Read full review for the 2012 INFINITI QX 56

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Consumer Reviews


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Beautiful, comfortable, and reliable

by 2012 QX56 4WD from North Carolina on February 27, 2013

We traded in our Cadillac Escalade for the QX56 which has all of the options (4wd, delux touring, technology, and the tv's in the headrests) what a big difference from the Escalade. GM's just don't ho... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

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Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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